Opportunity: Nithraid Young Artist Commission

By June 26, 2020Opportunities
Nithlight Installation created by Emily Tough 2019. Image credit: Kirstin McEwan.

The Stove would like to commission an emerging artist* to join our Nithraid team this Summer. This is an exciting opportunity for a young person to get involved directly with the Stove’s project, and our festival delivery team.

Nithraid River Festival is an annual event celebrating Dumfries’ relationship with the River Nith. Due to the impact of COVID-19, instead of holding our festival on the Mill Green, we will be hosting an extended celebration of the River Nith across our online platforms.
In 2020, our virtual festival  will journey down the River Nith from its source near New Cumnock to the river’s mouth at Carsethorn; engaging with different towns, villages and communities along the way with a 3-month program of activities, artworks, literature, music, information sharing and storytelling entitled from Source To Sea. 

On August 22nd our virtual festival site will go live with storytelling, live music, family activities and interactive workshops, celebrating our River Nith.  

The selected artist will re-interpret one of the elements from our usual festival – this could be The Salty Coo (our festival mascot), the procession, the sailing boats or sailing community or something else entirely, we would expect to develop this with the selected artist as part of their commission with us. The selected artists will explore three key themes as part of this years festival:

  • 1. Connection
  • 2. Wildlife 
  • 3. Community

We anticipate that the outcome of this commission could be a digital work, e.g. an animation, or film piece, or a physical work or live performance that can be recorded to be shared online, e.g. a solo procession, a sculptural or sound work. 

Timeline and Approach

Open Call Monday 29th June
Deadline for Expressions of Interest Monday 13th July
Artist Interviews Wednesday 15th July
Commission Start Date Monday 20th July
Nithraid Online Date* Saturday 22nd August

Please note that you will be required to share the outcome of the commission on the Nithraid Online date of August 22nd. 

The selected artist will work with the Festival Manager and Creative Team to develop a proposal for their commission, and will be supported throughout the commission to plan and deliver their ideas, in line with government guidance for safe working practice regarding COVID19. 

Eligibility and Budget

This opportunity is available to young artists or creative people, between the ages of 18 and 25, and has been supported by The Holywood Trust to benefit young persons within this age group.

The total budget available for this role is £1000, which must include artists fee and any materials and travel required.

We would like to make sure that our recruitment process is as open as possible, if you would like to discuss any accessibility requirements or have questions about this opportunity, please get in touch with Sal Cuddihy via sal@thestove.org or phone 07497 406511 (Mon-Fri 10-4pm).

To Apply

To apply for this commission we ask that you submit an expression of interest. This should include:

  • A short introduction (max. 250 words) explaining why you are interested in this opportunity
  • A current CV
  • Up to three examples of past work that you feel supports you application. 

Please send an email to  sal@thestove.org with a maximum file size of 10MB. Video files should be provided as a web link.

The deadline for submitting your expression of interest is Monday, 13th July at 12 noon.

For inspiration and more information on our previous Nithraid festivals, please visit www.thestove.org/nithraid.

The Salty Coo Procession produced by Jordan Chisholm and blueprint100, 2019. Image credit: Kirstin McEwan.