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Up-and-coming artists and would-be chefs given chance to shine

Bistro Du VanThe forthcoming Festival of Thrift has put out a call for emerging artists and amateur chefs who want to get involved with this year’s event at Kirkleatham near Redcar on 17 and 18 September.

Four artists looking to establish themselves who are living or working in Teesside and County Durham are being sought to work with Navigator North, the Festival of Thrift and County Durham based artist Steve Messam (www.stevemessam.co.uk) – who last year constructed a weight-bearing bridge out of 20,000 sheets of red paper in the Lake District – to create a new site responsive work as part of the Festival.

The selected artists will each benefit from a bursary worth £2800. This will include £500, mentoring, workspace, technical support, equipment and professional support. Artists and their work will be profiled, documented and marketed during the project.

The project is called STABLE and it is a Navigator North curated space and art installation (navigatornorth.co.uk/?page_id=1664) where the visitors can experience site-specific artworks and installations responding to the Stable Block and surroundings at Kirkleatham Museum where the Festival is taking place this year on 17 and 18 September.

The Festival of Thrift celebrates sustainable living through creative cooperation and aims to create opportunities to demonstrate the value of the arts in building resilient and sustainable creative communities. Invited artists will engage with and draw out the specific narratives of Redcar and Cleveland, placing them into a wider national context. Applications must be received by Monday 1 August 2016.

In addition, those whose creativity lies with food are also being given an opportunity to get involved with the Festival.

Anyone who has ever wanted to run their own bistro, restaurant or café and fancies themselves as an amateur chef can take over one of the Festival’s beautiful vintage camper vans for the weekend and show off their culinary skills to diners of between two and six people per hour.

All that is required is for the menu and theme to be planned in advance – even the dishwashing is taken care of.

For details of both opportunities visit www.festivalofthrift.co.uk

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