[Closed] The Late Shows at Blackfriars




11:59pm Thurs 22 Feb 2024

Open To

Artists and creatives across all disciplines

We’re looking for applications from creatives and artists who want to collaborate with Blackfriars on a creative commission for The Late Shows 2024.


Tracing its origins back as far as 1239, Blackfriars is an important Medieval building and cloisters tucked away in central Newcastle. Now known as the location for a successful restaurant (along with a host of other small businesses) the site has had a fascinating and rich history from the Dominican Friars (Blackfriars), its standing as a place of teaching and education, royal guests (Henry III) and the Crafts Guild.

The Commission

For The Late Shows 2024, Blackfriars will be inviting audiences into the grounds and buildings to discover its historic spaces, alongside this brand-new commission. 

We are particularly interested in ideas that take inspiration from some of the many inhabitants and communities of Blackfriars over its many and varied eras.

In The Guidelines we’ve included some prompts you might find useful to think about, from the Creative Guilds situated at Blackfriars for some 400 years to a 14th century medieval recipe book associated with King Richard II. But these aren’t instructions and is also not a complete list, please conduct your own research, and respond to the building, its spaces and its history in any way you choose.

Work could be any artform – installation based, performance, dance, promenade or music based, writing, spoken word, film, light, the visual arts etc, it can also involve The Late Shows audiences in the creation of elements of your work over the course of the evening, for example a scratch choir, sculptural work, a live mural.

The Budget

There is a commission budget of up to £3,000 available, with the possibility of receiving match funding from Blackfriars. Read The Guidelines for more information.

The Timeline

The deadline for all applications to be received is 11:59pm on Thursday 22 February 2024

  • Shortlisting will take place the week of the 26 February 
  • Shortlisted artists may be invited for an interview via Teams during the week of 26 February
  • All applicants must be available to install (if applicable) the work in advance of The Late Shows, attend the event on Saturday 18 May and deinstall the work (if applicable) as agreed with the host venue.    

The Next Steps

  • Read The Guidelines in full before starting your application
  • If you have questions or would like the application in a different format, contact Vikki Leaney on vikki.leaney@newcastle.gov.uk  
  • Apply by 11:59pm on Thursday 22 February 2024


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