This section of the guide provides anyone thinking about commissioning a participatory arts and health project with a simple overview of the commissioning process. It has been designed to take anyone new to commissioning arts projects step-by-step through each stage of the process, but can also be used by more experienced commissioners that need support in certain aspects of the process. The guide also contains links to key documents such as an artist’s brief, interview grid and a standard contract that can be used as templates or adapted to suit your use. Links are also provided as signposts to sources of more detailed advice or information.
If you are already familiar with other types of commissioning you will find that there are many commonalities and will be able to transfer many of the skills you already have to this commissioning process.
The guide is broken down into seven sections:
Part One Before you start
This section includes information you will need to consider when using the arts to engage with diverse communities.
Part Two Getting Started
Go to this section to help you clarify the purpose of your arts and health project and what outcomes you want to achieve.
Part Three What will it cost?
Being able to demonstrate value for money are key factors in determining the productivity levels of a commission. This section will help you consider these factors.
Part Four Writing your brief
Go to this section for a checklist of things you need to consider when writing a brief for an artist.
Part Five Finding the right artist
This section covers where to advertise and how to select an artist.
Part Six Drawing up a contract
Once you have selected the artist go to this section to find out how to draw up a contract.
Section Seven Managing the project
This section includes some questions you will need to consider to help you successfully manage your arts and health project.
Resource documents are available to download within each section of these guidelines. If you would prefer to download all documents together you can do so by clicking here.
Click here to download a resource checklist to ensure you have all documents required.