GLOW 2019

Call out for commissions

Deadline: Monday, 23rd September at 10am

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We are looking for artists, art collectives and organisations within Barking and Dagenham and beyond to respond to our theme of ILLUSION for GLOW 2019, exploring perception, magic, perspective and more! We are looking to commission two pieces, new or existing work adapted to the site of Eastbury Manor House, that provide interactive opportunities on the evening and/ or before the event, for our winter lantern and lights festival, taking place at Eastbury Manor House on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November 2019.

 GLOW is being produced by Cultural Connectors with the Creative Barking and Dagenham (CBD) team in partnership with the Eastbury Manor House and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. GLOW 2019 is our third winter lights festival at Eastbury Manor House and over the past two GLOW festivals we have welcomed over 3,500 visitors! Our aim for the festival is to bring light to the darkest months and bring opportunities for our local communities to come together.

CBD supports local people to commission, curate and create brilliant art in their areas. We are working with a steering group of committed local people from our Cultural Connectors network to develop all aspects of the festival. CBD is a consortium of local organisations and funded by Arts Council England and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Find out more here.





  • Proposals that consider opportunities for local residents to be involved as part of a creative process, for example a creative workshop with the steering group. 

  • Proposals which capture the main theme of illusion and has light at its heart (this could include multiple elements from performances, music, dance, installations, pyrotechnics, projections).

  • Proposals that are suitable for an outdoor presentation that can withstand winter elements.

  • Proposals that are suitable for a wide audience, including families and non-arts attenders. Work which may be unexpected, beautiful, challenging, playful or surprising but not alienating. People should be able to feel an emotional connection to the work without needing to have lots of background knowledge.

  • Proposals that respond to the locations/ site specific, in either a physical or historical context.

  • Proposals that match our ethos to be an environmentally friendly festival.



We will be commissioning work for two sites, the Walled Garden (with a budget of £7k - £10k available) and the inner Courtyard (£2k available) The budgets outlined for each site are inclusive of artist fees, materials and production costs as well as any accommodation and travel costs for artists. You can contact Eastbury Manor House directly to organise a tour (full opening times and contact details are outlined below), and you will receive free entry.  We can also provide a video tour of the locations if you are not able to visit before submitting your proposal. Eastbury Manor House is a full accessible venue, please consider accessibility when putting together your proposal.


Eastbury Manor House Opening Times:

Thursday 10am – 4pm

Friday 10am – 4pm

Sunday 11am – 4pm

Full Address: Eastbury Square, Barking, Essex, IG11 9SN

Contact Telephone Number: 0208 227 2942

(Quote GLOW commission proposal)



Available Budget: £7,000 to £10,000 (all inclusive) 

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INNER COURTYARD (48 x 52 ft)

Available budget: £2,000 (All inclusive)

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There will be a two-stage process for commissioning, and local residents from Barking and Dagenham will be making the final decisions with support of an independent artistic advisor. For the first stage we will ask you to submit a proposal with supporting information (Click here to see the full information document for full details), this will be shared with the decision panel to score and discuss. The successful applicants will then be invited to a face to face interviews with local residents for Stage 2.



  • Monday 23rd September, 10am: Deadline for submissions

  • Thursday 26th September: Shortlisting Panel. All shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday 27th September.

  • Friday 4th October: Interviews with shortlisted applicants.

  • Tuesday 8th October: Final decisions made and applicants notified of outcomes.

  • Friday 18th October: Final tech requirements confirmed – CBD connects successful commissions with production manager.

  • From Monday 4th November: Installation can begin for GLOW 2019

  • Friday 8th and Saturday 9th November: GLOW 2019 takes place at Eastbury Manor House

Please submit your proposal to by Monday 23rd September, 10am.  

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sophie or Daniel on email

or call us on 020 8594 7136.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.


Deadline: Thursday 19th September at 9am

Eastbury Manor House and Creative Barking and Dagenham are also looking for event food stalls to join us for GLOW Winter Lights Festival 2019!  

Download our food stall application information document