Charter 400 Artists’ Brief

We wish to commission artists to create bespoke artworks that are inspired by key aspects of the 400-year history of Worcester, creating a legacy from our year of celebration. The aim is to engage residents and visitors in Worcester’s exciting history creating a sense of pride and wonder.

Culture and the arts have played a huge role during lockdown. As we emerge from Covid-19 it is important that we continue to support the arts to play their role in the city’s recovery by creating work that engages and encourages people to return to the city centre and support the economy.

The artwork must be ready no later than Saturday 2 October 2021. It is anticipated that it will be located in the Guildhall for the Charter Day celebration, but this is not essential as the location may vary depending on the format or size. The artworks can take any form, for example a painting, a sculpture, a performance piece, literature or digital. The duration the artworks will be on display will again depend on the format or size.

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The submission deadline for responses to the commission is 9am on Monday 19 April 2021


There is a total budget of £5000 to include all artist costs and materials. Our priority is to commission inspiring artwork. This may consist of one commission (this could include a number of pieces from one artist) or 4 commissions at £1250 each.

How to apply

Your application should include:

Please note – we welcome video applications of up to approximately 10 minutes in length.

Submission Process

Submissions will be viewed by a panel consisting of a selection of members from the Charter 400 Working Group which includes representatives from the Worcester Heritage Partnership; City Council Tourism and Events Team; Museums Worcestershire; Archive and Archaeology Service; and The Civic Society. If any members of the working group submit a proposal they will not be involved in the selection panel. Submissions will be scored against the following criteria: