Artist Brief: Sandygate Square, Weavers’ Triangle Burnley


Project Background

Mid Pennine Arts brings art, people and places together to transform perceptions and change lives. We are a creative organisation who, since 1966, has developed a range of high quality arts projects across Lancashire and beyond. Through the development of innovative partnerships, projects led by Mid Pennine Arts have attracted national and international attention.

The Weavers’ Triangle consists of the remains of a series of redundant mill buildings which are an important part of the cotton weaving heritage of the area. Mid Pennine Arts are committed to supporting the renewal of the Weavers’ Triangle in partnership with Burnley Borough Council, the Prince’s Charities and other partners.  We have demonstrated this commitment by moving into new premises in the canal-side, industrial heritage area of Sandygate in November 2010. The process of renewal is about to pick up some speed and this high profile commission will assist in this.


We want to commission an installation or temporary environment for Sandygate Square in the Weavers’ Triangle, Burnley. The proposed commission set the scene and  be a prime feature of the celebration event ’Dark Satanics’ to be held on Friday 22nd July. We envisage a life span of around 4-6 months.


MPA will organise the event ’Dark Satanics’ which will involve further elements of entertainment and diversion, including live music. The event will be for partners and the general public and we will aim to actively involve schools and community groups.

We anticipate the attendance of up to 300 people. The event aims to:

  • Alert our partners and the public to our new location.
  • Build awareness of the Weavers’ Triangle and the regeneration process.
  • Highlight the potential of Sandygate Square as a focal point, demonstrating the key role of the arts as a catalyst for urban renewal.
  • Create an environment that can be used for further animation events during 2011.
  • Bring footfall back into the area and encourage new patterns of use.
  • Help build an audience for the continuing programme of animation events.
  • Showcase innovative, creative work in a variety of media that will inspire, surprise and delight our audiences. 

Installation or Temporary Environment

The key objective is to create an environment for a unique and memorable launch event which can potentially be re-used/returned to enhance subsequent animation events on the site. We imagine at least three other events taking place through summer and autumn 2011. Ideas are invited across a range of creative possibilities, with the aim of exploiting to best effect the powerful potential of the location which combines canal, industrial heritage, landscaped green space, richly textured stonework and dramatic, atmospheric elements of dereliction.  We are looking for a temporary treatment of the space that adds a touch of magic to it as an event location.  Suitable options for the commission may include light installation or projections, temporary sculptural forms or installations, textiles/banners or inflatables.  We are open to other suggestions. 

 The artist will need to:

  1. Work closely with the commissioners.
  2. Keep within the budget constraints.

The artist will be expected:

  1. To produce an initial proposal.
  2. To have given thought to issues of suitability.
  3. To produce a budget inclusive of artist fees, fabrication, installation and any other costs.
  4. To produce a final design and take to completion.
  5. Liaise with MPA.

The artist will need to have:

  1. Experience of working to a budget.
  2. Experience of working to deadlines.
  3. Experience of creating outdoor public art works.

For images of the site please go to

Sandygate Square Artist Brief

If further information is required before sending an application, please contact:

Helen Yates, Mid Pennine Arts (Details below)


A budget of £4,000 is available to cover: artist fees, materials and installation and all other commission costs.


The installation or temporary treatment will need to be in place for the ‘Dark Satanics Celebration Event’ on Friday 22nd July 2011

Deadline for applications: Tuesday  21st June 2011

All applications will be acknowledged.

Selection Date: 22nd June 2011  

To apply please send:

  1. A letter expressing interest with contact details and availability.
  2. An outline proposal, including basic budget.
  3. An up to date C.V.
  4. Up to 10 images of artist’s previous work.

      (If the images need to be returned please included a stamped

        addressed envelope)

Please send applications to:

Helen Yates (

Community and Projects Officer

Mid Pennine Arts

1 Neptune St

Weavers’ Triangle


BB11 1SF

Tel.  01282 421986 ex 208                      


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