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Tales of the Riverbank 2016: Opportunity

Tales of the Riverbank Logo 2016 smTales of the Riverbank is a series of community participatory and educational activities set around the river Torridge in the Bideford and Bay Area. The activities will focus on and explore the local history, heritage and the natural environment. It is project managed by Bideford Bay Creatives (BBC) with Project Co-ordinator, Dave Green (Chair of BBC).

In this project artists and others will engage the public (all ages) through walks, talks, visual art and music, sharing their response to history and the environment. Also they will encourage the public to engage and respond through conversation, production of creative responses outdoors, on site, and be invited to performances, demonstrations, talks and exhibitions. The majority of activities will run in the months of July to September. This project will provide complementary activities for BBC’s other 2016 projects; Culture Show and Way of the Wharves.

Want to take part? BBC are inviting proposals from visual artists, musicians, writers, history and heritage groups / historians, naturalists and natural history organisations etc to be a part of the project and can offer the following:

  1. a) A walk– half or whole day along the river as a participatory event with the public; to include some kind of ‘response’ to what is seen / heard / experienced. i.e written, visual, sound, music. Outcomes to be shared / exhibited in a town centre venue
  2. b) A talk up to 1.5 hours – about the river’s history and heritage, the natural environment (topics could include shipping, ship building, fishing, Pottery, tobacco, International trade, flora and fauna, geology)
  3. c) A workshop, half or whole day session for adults and/or children – art form specific, but related to the theme and a creative outcome. Venues will vary and include town centre spaces and businesses
  4. d) A demonstration – 3 hour session, making new creative works in response to the theme. Indoors or outdoors, as weather permits.

If you would like to be a part of this project, please send a proposal to include:

  1. Some information about you or the organisation you represent – a word document and up to 6 images (jpgs@ 300dpi and approximately 2000 pixels/30cm wide) or sound files (mp3s) to evidence your previous experience /your knowledge /area of expertise. This information and images (plus invites to events and documentary photos) will be uploaded to BBC’s website and other websites including Facebook and Twitter
  2. Your contact details (email, telephone, website, facebook page, for BBC use)
  3. Activity you are offering – workshop, talk, walk or demonstration
  4. Activity content – what you will do, what the public will do and the outcomes, who is it for, age aimed at
  5. When you are available /best time for activity – day of the week, times of the day, dates
  6. Whether or not you are DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) checked
  7. Confirmation that you or the organisation you represent has public liability insurance and the policy details
  8. Please tell us if you would be willing and able to take event bookings directly or whether you’re happy for this to be managed by BBC through Eventbrite?

Fees payable (to those who are registered self-employed or who would not otherwise be paid i.e. by their organisation/place of work):

Workshop £100 for a half day and £200 per whole day
Talk £50 for 1.5 hours
Participatory Walk £100 for a half day and £200 per whole day
Demonstration £75 for 3 hours

Deadline for receipt of submissions Friday April 22nd 2016 – please send all documents and materials requested to Dave Green, Chair of Bideford Bay Creatives at

Please note that incomplete submissions will not go forward for selection so please send ALL information and materials requested – if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch by email.

The BBC Committee and Project Co-ordinator will review proposals and select to create a balanced programme of a range of activity types for a range of participants in a range of artforms, topics, activities and on a variety of dates and days.

Please note that being on the programme does not necessarily mean that you will run that activity and be paid – Activities will only run if the agreed minimum sign- up numbers are reached in advance of an activity date unless something is specifically run as a drop-in session and this too will be determined in advance by the Project Co-ordinator.

Tales of the Riverbank is funded by a grant received from Bideford Town Council with grateful thanks. BBC are also contributing from their own funds.

Dave Green

Dave Green

A photographic artist who has built up a unique vision of the world through his digitally constructed images. None of his photographs are simply photographs; most of them are made from up to 100 separate images layered, like strata, on top of each other to build up an impression of what it is like to be in a place, giving the viewer far more than a visual experience.

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