In light of the coronavirus situation that has diverted the attention of many across the arts and cultural sector, we have extended the deadline for applications for our Beyond Stories commission to 12pm on Monday 30 March, with the appointment of artists on Wednesday 22 April. Can all queries please be directed to

Beyond Stories Visual Artist Opportunity

Seven Stories & Curious Festival 2020

Can you help us see things differently? Never thought of working with us before? Were seeking an artist to create a bold new work in the Seven Stories Studio, launching as part of Curious Festival 2020.

Seven Stories would like to invite an artist or collective of artists (working in any art-form) to create a brand new art work that transforms our participatory maker space for 3 months. 

For this commission, funded by the Gillian Dickinson Trust, we want an artist/s to bring their perspective to this work. 

Who are we looking for?

Ideally we would like to work with an artist/collective who identifies as LGBTQ+, but we’re also interested in hearing from any artist who has experience of working with LGBTQ+ communities.

To be eligible for this opportunity, you must:

  • Be an artist (or artists) based in the North East of England, with at least one of your team being aged under 30
  • Have experience of commissioned work, preferably including some work that is for CYP
  • Be able to work independently
  • Have never previously been employed by Seven Stories or received a paid commission from us
  • Commit to spending time getting to know the Seven Stories visitor centre, archive & visitors before creating the work
  • Commit to launching your new art work at Seven Stories between 1st-13th July 2020

You will bring a unique approach to interpreting our archive and contemporary children’s books, do something different from what we’ve done before and challenge our audiences to think about children’s books and stories in new ways. You’ll keep in touch regularly, be organised, have great attention to detail & adhere to organisational policies at all times.

The total budget for the commission is £7,000. 

If you’re interested in working with us on this commission, we would encourage you to contact us for an informal chat and to receive more information. We will also host an open morning at 10am-12pm on Monday 9 March 2020 for you to meet with Seven Stories staff, to see the Studio space and discuss any questions ahead of possible application.

Please link on the following link for more information and how to apply for this opportunity. 

Beyond Stories Curious Studio Call Out Opportunity Information Pack