Jobs with The Spark

Artist commission call out

At The Spark Festival in February 2021 we are on a mission to ensure that children and their families are able to enjoy amazing art and fantastic cultural experiences. As part of this we will commission an artist, collection of artists or company to make and present a live performance at the doorsteps of children and their families across Leicester at The Spark Festival.

We are reimagining how we work and trying new things. We are open to all ideas of how we might realise the doorstep shows. We would like to keep our brief as open as possible to hear wide ranging proposals. We are looking to work with artists with ideas that:

  • Inject joy, are fun, fantastical & bold
  • Are simple in concept, but impactful, meaningful and memorable
  • Burst with an intensive & intimate interaction with audiences
  • Creatively reimagine how we use a space outside someone's door

How much is the commission?


Who can apply?

Vital Spark aims to address the lack of diversity in the children's sector. We understand that an artist's social and political identities can combine to create different conditions of discrimination and privilege and we take an intersectional view to diversity.

Therefore Vital Spark supports and presents work by artists who identify as one or more of the following, African diaspora people, South, East or South East Asian people, or ethnically diverse and/or D/deaf, disabled and/or neurodivergent people. To apply for this opportunity you must identify as such.

How do I apply?

1- Read our commissioning call out.
Read our commissioning call out in large print.
For an audio guide to this commissioning call out please click here.

2- Download and complete the short expression of interest form (below)
Or send a video or audio application answering the same questions

Deadline: Wednesday 18 November by 12.00pm

Please send your expression of interest or direct any enquiries to

If you require The Spark to make any reasonable adjustments to the application process to make it more accessible for you please contact to discuss this.

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