Commissions Update

All applications that have been shortlisted have been contacted. Due to the unprecedented volume of applications this year, it has taken longer than anticipated. Unsuccessful applicants will receive an email shortly.

Glastonbury Arts Commissions

Glastonbury Theatre and Circus Fields are commissioning seven new shows for Glastonbury Festival 2024. Glastonbury Arts Commissions is seed money for performers who are ready to perform their own work. 

We are looking for new experiences and shows for our audiences that are spectacular and brave, and that work well with the creative atmosphere and scale of the festival.

Subject to funding, shortlisting will take place in the first week of February 2024 and we will reply to all applicants as soon as possible with successful candidates being told no later than 21 February 2024.

We utilise the massive infrastructure of the festival to present these shows. We mentor the selected commissions in planning and creation before and during the festival. We also support you in bringing the show to other audiences after Glastonbury.

Commissions

1. Outdoor Show (£4,500*)

For an outdoor interactive/participatory installation to run throughout the four days of the festival. It could be installed for the festival’s duration, set up each day, or even with no set-up, and be as weatherproof as possible. A large part of the audience should be able to participate (upwards of 100 per day).

2. Outdoor show or installation (£4,000*)

For an outdoor show to run throughout the four days of the festival. It could be installed for the festival’s duration, set up each day, or even with no set-up, and be as weatherproof as possible.

3. Outdoor ground show (£3,250*)

For a street theatre show to be performed for 3 days of the festival. It should be able to run for 2 x 45-minute slots per day, but the performance timings should be tailored to the piece while making the best use of the opportunity to play with and to our audiences. This show will have to work in wet weather.

4. Walkabout (£1,500*)

For a walkabout show to be performed for three days of the festival. Walkabout is 2 x 45-minute slots per day and should be tailored to make the best use of the opportunity to play with and to our audiences. This show will have to work in wet weather.

5. Large-Scale Circus Show (£6,000*)

For a large-scale circus show for the Circus Big Top to be performed on three to four days of the festival. It should have at least 3 performers, be at least 30 minutes long, and contain a high skill level. The budget should include lighting and sound design. The show should also be shown before the festival. We will provide you with a directorial outside eye on this commission and production skills mentoring.

6. Small Circus Show (£2,000*)

For a show for three to four days of the festival in the Circus Big Top. It should be between 8 and 15 minutes in duration, contain a high skill level, and be able to have an impact on the 1,000 + audience that will see it. 

7. Small Circus/Street Show (£2,000*)

For a show to be performed for 3 days of the festival. It should be able to run for 2 x 45-minute slots per day. The performance timings should be tailored to the piece while making the best use of the opportunity to play with and to our audiences. This show will have to work in wet weather.

*Subject to funding

If you wish to propose more than one idea please create a separate proposal for each.

Please ensure that your team is available for the time necessary to fulfill your proposal.

Applications are closed.
Come back later this year to apply for 2025.

Zoom Meetings

This year, we are holding three Zoom meetings to help you with your application. They are:

  • Monday, 8th January at 10:30
  • Thursday, 11th January at 19:00
  • Sunday, 14 January at 11:30

Further Questions

If you have any questions please check out the FAQs or get in touch directly.

All the best
The Glastonbury Arts Commissions team