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Margate Festival Open Call

Margate Festival Open Call

Deadline: 31 March, midday
Margate NOW: 28 September 2019 to 12 January 2020

Margate NOW is the sixth Margate Festival – an ambitious, cross-artform festival; an inclusive and egalitarian programme rooted in Margate. Celebrating an extraordinary range of artists it will animate unusual spaces and is conceived as a journey through town creating a sense of curiosity and buzz around landmark locations and the current moment.

The programme will take place alongside the Turner Prize 2019 exhibition at Turner Contemporary, running from 28th September 2019 to 12th January 2020.

Proposals should respond to the theme NOW and could be:

  • Explorative – unusual spaces, accidental encounters

  • Visible – urgent, spectacular, public realm

  • Collaborative – dialogue, discussion, development

  • Large-scale –  where people come together

  • Small-scale – providing intimate experiences

  • Interdisciplinary – art, performance, music, talks, workshops, film, installation

The maximum support offered is £2000. It’s anticipated that the majority of grants will be £500 or less. Please apply through this call to include your event in the festival even if you do not need funding. Successful applicants notified beginning of May 2019.


Send an e-mail to with ALL of the following information. If your proposal is selected this information will be used in promotional material. You might just want to copy & paste this list into an e-mail or word doc.


  • Name

  • Address

  • Phone Number

  • Email


  • Artist Name

  • Title of work

  • Biography (maximum 150 words about the artist)

  • Proposal (maximum 150 words about what you will do)

  • Location of work / event (if known)

  • Target audience (if known)

  • Dates (if known)

  • Times (if known)


Please include –

  • How much you are applying for

  • Total budget breakdown showing any match funding secured, or funding that you are planning to apply for with the decision dates

  • Where the additional funds are coming from


  • 1 or 2 high resolution jpeg images

  • Website

  • Social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

  • Contact telephone number for inquiries about the event

  • Contact email for inquiries about the event


Artists Pay:
Artist Union England and Equity rates.

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