We’re inviting local artists to get involved in a unique art event to celebrate the Mayflower 400™️ in Harwich and to help raise money for Essex charities.
For 10 weeks in the summer of 2020, Harwich, Tendring and the wider Essex area will be taken over by Octopus Ahoy! sculptures in a public art trail for one and all to enjoy. We are now searching for local artists who would like to get involved with designing and painting the sculptures to celebrate the creativity of Essex. The campaign will culminate in an auction of the sculptures in late September 2020 to raise funds for Essex charities.
We are encouraging the submission of all art forms, from old school to new media, sound and video installations, to poetry and photography. Whatever the media, participation is invited from enthusiastic amateur and professional artists, art groups, young people, set designers and photographers.
Following submissions this portfolio of designs will be reviewed and chosen artists will be commissioned to complete their work in spring 2020. Upon completion, each artist will be paid an honorarium of £750.
The campaign will take place from Saturday 4th July until Saturday 12th September 2020 and is expected to attract thousands of visitors to the area. The project is being developed in partnership with KAT Marketing, who successfully delivered Stand Tall for Giraffes on behalf of Colchester Zoo for their 50th birthday celebrations back in 2013.
Our octopus sculptures have been created as a blank canvas ready for inspired decoration, and we are looking forward to viewing your submissions and working with successful artists as they bring their designs to life.
The closing date for artist submissions is Friday 13th December 2019 and the successful artists will work on decorating their sculptures between February and May, ready for the Octopus Ahoy! launch on Saturday 4th July 2020.
To enter, please download an entry form, which will include further information including guidelines, rules and full terms and conditions.