Artists Commissions

Round 2 of the commissioning process is now open!

We can offer three different sized grants to successful applicants:

  • MICRO (£500)
  • MEDIUM (£1,000)
  • LARGE (£2,500)

For more info and to apply Click here

Applications close at midnight on 16th February 2024.


In late 2023 we closed applications for commissions for artists to present their work at First Thursdays in February and March 2024. We had a wealth of amazing applications from a wide range of talented local artists, performers and art makers.

Full List of Successful Commissions (Round 1)

  • It’s About Your Son
  • Decree of Nullity
  • Arcadia
  • S&B Colchester: Stitch & Disco
  • Neuro Narratives: The ‘Straight Road’ to Colchester
  • Drawing Dance – Live!
  • Joe Boyd Mixed Media Workshop
  • Modern Tendring Vernacular
  • Writing With Art
  • SENsory Sounds

Go over to What’s On to find out more about each commission as it lands in the festival.


If you would like us to promote your events at future First Thursdays, please get in touch with the festival producer and we will happily include you in our printed and online programme.  

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