Creative Darlington are seeking submissions from visual artists of works to be installed in and around the Crown Street Gallery, Darlington. Art forms can include drawing, painting, illustration, poetry, photography or design.

We are looking for contemporary, visually captivating works which will demonstrate the creative brilliance of the creative communities in and around Darlington and the wider Tees Valley.

Artworks can be pre-existing works. We do not see this as a commission for the creation of new work.

4 artists works will be selected. Successful artists will receive £150. Their work will be printed and shown as part of an external site specific showcase around the Crown Street Gallery in Darlington. Works should be suitable for reproduction in print. The final artworks will form a collection of banners and window vinyl, which animate the exterior of Crown Street Gallery, sparking people’s curiosity and highlighting the creativity in the region.

Successful artists will also be profiled through the Creative Darlington website and marketing material.

How to Apply

Artists can submit up to 3 works. Applications should be done through Curator Space here and should include

  • a brief artist statement
  • a short paragraph describing the submitted work(s) (200words max per artwork)
  • works should be submitted as a jpeg image. Please ensure that files are named in the following format ‘ARTIST NAME_Artwork Title’. 

Creative Darlington are interested in showcasing creative talent from in and around Darlington and the wider Tees Valley. We would like to know the location of artists applying for this opportunity, but submissions will not be judged solely on this. We welcome applications from artists across the UK.

Key Dates

Application deadline 12 noon, 28 February.

Submissions will be reviewed by a selection panel w/c 4thMarch

Selected artists will be notified via email by Fri 8thMarch.


Apply at Curator Space here


Potential Sites for Artworks

We have identified the following locations to site artworks. Works may be presented in differing dimensions or locations. This will be arranged in conversation with successful artists.