Tide Changers

Tide Changers is a development programme delivered by Thames Festival Trust that provides early career artists under 30 with support to shape, develop and deliver their River Thames projects, with seed funding, marketing and development sessions.

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Submission Guidelines

The second strand you can apply to is our usual open call programme that we have been running for many years, where if selected your event will be promoted as part of Totally Thames 2021, including many benefits which are detailed below.

We will only select events which align with our aspirations as an organisation and are thoughtfully responding to our criteria. For inclusion in Totally Thames 2021’s curated programme, we are looking for creative and accessible events and activity that must:

  • Respond to at least one of the following:
    • Hidden stories of the River Thames
      We’re looking for stories presented in intriguing ways which spotlight some of the river’s lesser known tales.
    • Plastic Pollution in the River Thames
      We are interested in artworks, installations and projects that respond to and/or actively tackle and educate about this issue, and how it relates to global environmental issues.
    • Illuminated River
      Spanning from London to Lambeth Bridges, Illuminated River will soon be the largest art commission in the world when the final bridges from the project - designed by American artist Leo Villereal - are lit this year. Respond to the amazing project, or even embrace a night time event bought to life even more by the bridges.
    • Community River
      The River Thames connects us all and bridges the North and South of London. We are looking for events which actively seek to celebrate the River Thames community through participatory, friendly and creative events
    • Art and the River
      We want to spotlight the river as a source of inspiration (and a location) for art and creativity - sculpture, visual arts, performance, and music
    • River Archaeology & Foreshore
      The Thames Foreshore is home to thousands of years worth of London secrets and history. If your event focusses on the history beneath the river's surface, we want to hear about it
  • Have a Digital element
    • The event should be delivered to both a digital platform and an event space. We require all events to be multi-platform to ensure we can reach the widest and most diverse audience. We will also accept proposals for events which are digital only.
    • At this stage of the year, we are holding hope that we will be able to hold a physical festival this year, but due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation it is even more essential that the digital element of your proposal is considered.
  • Have funding or a funding plan in place
    • We are unable to provide funding for events that would like to take part, but provide an in-kind marketing package. To be able to accept your project onto the programme, we need to be reassured that the event will be able to go ahead through funding from public bodies or ticket sales. We are able to provide advice on this if you would like to discuss.
  • Submit a Covid-19 related Risk Assessment
    • Please submit a Covid-19 Risk Assessment and upload when you complete your submission form, detailing in full how you plan to account for any Covid-19 and Social Distancing measures in place.
  • Take place on or around the River Thames in London between 1 - 30 September 2021
  • Be as engaging and accessible to as wide a range of people as possible
  • Have a venue secured or in negotiation. It will be your responsibility to lead on this relationship, though we can provide some advice and possibly introductions and suggestions
  • Have a PRS form submitted or to be submitted if music of any kind features (we request proof).
  • All licenses and documents in place and/or investigated (permissions, TENs, insurance, etc).

We will be unable to accept any events which do not fulfil all of these criteria. Please note that there is also no guarantee that your event will be selected onto our programme should you respond to all of our criteria.

Who Can Apply?

We are committed to working towards a more diverse cultural sector. Our recruitment process is open to all, but we are particularly keen to hear from ethnic minorities, those who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled, as these groups are currently underrepresented in our teams. 

What we Offer

Please note: If you are accepted onto the programme, the partnership with us is primarily promotional, and Thames Festival Trust is unable to provide financial support for events. Applicants will be responsible for securing funding of proposed events and projects to cover the production of the event.

By being part of Totally Thames you will receive:

  • Valuable brand recognition as being part of an established, leading arts festival.
  • In-kind marketing support such as:
    • Newsletter Inclusion (7k subscribers)
    • PR Support with potential to be picked up by leading organisations such as TimeOut
    • Social Posts (31k followers)
    • Website Event Page (460k views)
    • Possibility for Video Content creation to be shared across our platforms
  • Networking opportunities to meet other artists and organisations taking part in the festival.
  • Support, advice and guidance from the Thames Festival Trust team.
  • Potential to be introduced to organisations who have programming space during the festival.

If you are interested in taking part, apply below by Friday 16 April. Please email Sophie at Sophie Groák if you have any questions.

We will be hosting a Find Out More event at 5pm on Wednesday 24 March, please email Sophie if you would like to attend