Hastings and Rother Arts Education Network is looking to commission an artist to create a school based Root 1066 project.

On 14 October 1066 the path of English and European history was irrevocably changed. Two cultures collided – Anglo-Saxon and Norman – with a legacy that echoes through to the present day. To mark the 950th Anniversary of the most famous date in English history Hastings Borough Council has commissioned the ROOT 1066 International Festival; a contemporary, multi-art form festival, that will take place in September/October 2016.

We are looking to develop an arts project that offers primary and secondary schools the opportunity to engage in the Battle of Hastings 950th anniversary celebrations. The successful artist will produce a commissioned piece of work, project framework and accompanying toolkit which will be circulated to primary and secondary schools in Hastings and Rother. The toolkit will invite schools and show them how to participate in the project.

The successful artist will devise a project that will inspire creativity and stimulate a response from students. The commission should involve one or more artistic discipline of the artist’s choice and should respond to the themes of the Root 1066 festival, namely:

  1. New perspectives on the history and legacy of 1066. We are interested in re-sponses both to the history and ongoing legacy of the Battle of Hastings – from 1066 up to the present day.
  2. Creative collisions and collaborations – because interesting things happen when cultures collide.

The project and toolkit should be completed for distribution to schools by the end of February 2016 with the projects taking place in schools from March to July 2016.

The resulting artistic projects produced by schools should result in a performance or exhibition within each school with the possibility that the outcome could also be accessible to the public at large as part of the Root 1066 Festival in September / October 2016. The project outcomes may also be able to be shown digitally.

The opportunity to participate in the commission will be offered to schools through the HRAEN website in the shape of a fully downloadable toolkit. Once posted on line the idea is that face to face engagement with schools is kept to a minimum.

This tool-kit will consist of:

  •  The project title which will be decided in response to the commission
  •  The commissioned work
  •  Pointers on where to find supplementary materials
  •  Ideas on how teachers and classes can interact with the commission and develop their own work.
  •  Timeline including deadline dates
  •  An online interview with the artist
  • Of this tool-kit list we are asking artists to commit to the following elements:
  •  Delivering the commissioned work
  •  Planning a project framework with possible end results.
  •  Contributing to ideas on how teachers might interact with the work.
  •  Filming an interview and the creative process that drove the commission

Artist Fee:

For the work described we are offering an all-inclusive fee of £2,000.


Artists are asked to submit their application by 9am on Friday 22nd January 2016.

From the submissions received the HRAEN steering group will shortlist artists for interview, successful artists will be informed by Tuesday 26th January 2016.

  • Interviews will take place in the afternoon of Friday 29th January 2016.
  • An artist and project will be selected by Monday 1st February 2016.
  • Work to be produced and submitted in full by Friday 26th February 2016.

Application Process:

All interested artists should submit an initial outline of their proposed project in less than 500 words and include a recent CV and up to two relevant examples of their work to [email protected] on or before 9 a.m. on Friday 22nd January 2016.

Experience of working in primary and or secondary schools is desirable but not essential. The successful artist will be asked to complete and enhanced disclosure as part of this project.

Artists invited to interview will be asked to explain their project proposal and talk through their ideas of how schools can engage with the project and what the final outcomes could look like. At this stage there will be no expectation of having produced any project art work.

For any further information or to discuss idea please contact either Melanie Powell; Cultural Development & Events Officer at Rother District Council [email protected] 01424 787506.


Michael Hambridge; Arts and Cultural Development Officer at Hastings Borough Council [email protected] 01424 451790.

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