Call for Artists - Church Street Shutter Project

Empty Shop CIC in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council are seeking a visual artist to deliver a shutter project in Hartlepool’s historic Church Street.  The project is funded by #IWILL 2018 and links with Great Place Tees Valley as part of the Church Street Revival Scheme.

Having originally played host to everything from ship merchants to ironmongers the street has recently undergone a multi million pound redevelopment. This is complemented by the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Church Street Revival Scheme which comprises three elements, building grants, public realm works and a heritage based community activity programme.

As part of this, to celebrate this history Empty Shop CIC is working with Hartlepool Borough Council to create a series of original artworks inspired by the Church Street’s place in Hartlepool’s industrial heritage. The lead artist will work with a group of young people from the area and students from The Northern School of Art to develop designs and themes for up to 5 shop fronts inspired by the historical businesses that previously occupied the street.

Scheme Requirements

The visual artist or artists will:

  • Devise and deliver a programme of workshops with young people aged 16 – 21
  • Design and create up to 5 heritage inspired shutter designs (approx size 3x4m) in a suitable medium i.e. painting, vinyl adhesive or other appropriate approach
  • Ensure the inclusion of appropriate interpretive material and partner logos for each shop front and contribute to appropriate literature e.g. a map or guide
  • Participate in a community launch or unveiling event

The aim of the workshops will be to engage young people with their history – particularly focused on Church Street and the surrounding area. The artist will work with participants to identify themes, ideas and visual elements for inclusion in the design of the shutter artworks. The number of workshops can be determined by the artist and project partners but will include a minimum of five sessions.  

The objective of the artworks is to share the history of the area, to drive footfall to Church Street and to help people to engage with their local heritage. This means the artworks will reference the heritage of the area, including historic trade and businesses based on Church Street. Accordingly a variety of resources relating to the heritage of the street including a list of previous businesses, photographs and other historical documentation will be available to the artist for use in the project. A useful starting point for artists responding to this brief might be The Hartlepool History Then & Now website

The artworks must be professionally produced to a high standard and be suitable for display in the public realm for a fixed period 6 months on a range of surfaces.

A companion map / guide (digital and/or printed) will be produced to promote the project and feature interpretative material relating to the heritage.

The artist or arts organisation will be required to:

  • Work with project partners
  • Work to an agreed timeframe and strict deadlines
  • Attend all necessary meetings relating to the programme.
  • Ensure that all artists working with children are registered on the DBS database and have insurances and documentation such as public liability insurance up to £5 million.
  • Provide all materials needed for the workshop sessions
  • Participate in launch event with participants.

Empty Shop CIC will:

  • Identify all shutters / shop fronts and liaise with landlords / tenants
  • Secure all necessary permissions for artworks
  • Identify project participants and liaise between artist and participants regarding scheduling and workshop space

The merchandising and intellectual property rights of the final designs will sit with the artist – subject to a potential time limited licensing arrangement with Hartlepool Borough Council.

Health & Safety
The artist will be required to provide:

  • Proof of Public Liability coverage of a minimum of £5 million
  • Risk Assessments for workshops and creation of in-situ artwork
  • Proof of DBS registration

Project Schedule
The project will begin in April 2019 – with exact dates to be determined with lead artist.


  • Artist Fee: £3500  
  • Materials budget : Up to £1000
  • Community launch event : £TBC

Submission requirements
Submissions must be sent to no later than 12.00 on Thursday 21st March.

  • 3 examples of relevant artwork in a public context
  • Brief CV or cover letter detailing relevant experience – including delivery of workshops
  • Portfolio or link to website
  • A shortlist of artists will be selected by a panel of project partners and invited for interview in late March / Early April.