Middlesbrough Mela have two artist commission opportunities to animate the site for this year’s festival happening in Albert Park on Sunday 8 August 2021.

There are two commissions aimed at artists who want to create something new and wonderful to animate Albert Park at Middlesbrough Mela festival.

We are interested in ideas and designs that awaken spaces in the park that families know well on their local walks and visits. Could you create something that ignites wonder, spark imagination or makes people smile?

We would like the creation to be used for future Mela festivals. Families will come to recognise the creation when they come back to Mela each year.

Please note that we have already commissioned a family trail to take place in Albert Pack for this year’s Mela. We are looking for ideas to create physical items that will help to dress or transform the space in the park. 

We will be awarding a maximum of two commissions of £2,500 each.
We encourage submissions from artists whose are based locally and would benefit from the support Middlesbrough Council is able to offer to make it happen. We also encourage you to think about sustainability and whether you can use recycled materials.

The closing date for Stage One applications is Sunday 13 June at midnight.


Supporting information and alternative formats

If you need any additional support, please contact the Festival Manager at amy@middlesbroughmela.co.uk.