Stove Commission Opportunity at Electric Fields Festival

The Stove Network and Electric Fields are proud to announce the launch of a new Art commission for this years Electric Fields festival.

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We are looking for an artist (or team) to create an original artwork concept that is integrated throughout Electric Fields site at Drumlanrig Castle.

Electric Fields is now in its third year and is establishing itself as an independent festival that showcases the Scottish music scene in iconic landscape in South West Scotland. Dumfries and Galloway is well known for its creative scene and the innovative collaborations that happen here across artforms – particularly work that is closely tied to landscape, people and future thinking.

We are looking for an artist(s) who can develop an artwork approach that fits into the ethos of Electric Fields and adds something extra to the experience of festival goers across the site. We have no preconceptions about the form the work might take – surprise us! The commissioned artist will be responsible for producing and installing their own work and working within health and safety/logistical requirements of the festival. The Stove Network will support the artist(s) in coordinating their project with the Electric Fields team.


Key Information:

Electric Fields Festival: 26th and 27th August 2016. Drumlanrig Castle, Nr Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway


Commission Budget: £2500 – to include all materials, production, fees, VAT and expenses. (NB. a small, additional budget is potentially available to extend the an artwork to influence a bigger area of the site)

Application Deadline: 5pm Monday 16th May

Submission Requirements:

  1. ‘Interest and Initial Ideas’ – a brief expression of interest in the commission, outlining how you would approach the project. This should include preliminary ideas of the kind of materials and processes you might use, how you would develop the project as part of the Festival and any significant technical requirements you foresee needing. Because of the relatively short timescale for the project and the production schedule of the festival itself, the more information you can supply about the work you propose to make, the better.
  2. Examples of relevant past work, format all to PDF. Weblinks may be used for video or audio files that are more than 5mb (Suggested total 6 images or files).
  3. CV

Please save all word documents in pdf format and send as an email no larger than 10MB to

Interview dates: A shortlist of applicants will be interviewed by The Stove Network and Electric Fields in the week of 30th May. By applying for this commission you are declaring yourself available for interview during this week.



Electric Fields is a celebration of good music, good people and good times. Situated in the idyllic setting of Drumlanrig Castle, Electric Fields is forging it’s reputation as the music festival for discerning music fans in Scotland, and beyond. Acts this year include Primal Scream, Public Service Broadcasting, Steve Mason with terrific additions to this years festival such as the Tim Burgess curated Tim Peaks Stage. The ethos of Electric Fields is to have the offerings of a mega festival, but in an intimate, unique environment. The festival is run by two Dumfriesshire brothers, Alex and Nick Roberts, and the connection to the region is of huge importance to them when putting together the festival.

The Stove Network is an emerging artist-led organisation based in at The Stove building in Dumfries town centre. The organisation is led by a Curatorial Team who in turn lead a diverse membership in excess of 250 people in projects that work creatively with local people in Dumfries and surrounding area.

We do this through developing participative artwork projects in public spaces, delivering workshops and training opportunities, providing a hub for creative practice in our region and working in partnership with other local organisations.