Milton Creek Country Park – Public Art Commission Open Call

A group of people sitting and standing around a wooden table discussing the proposed public art at Milton Creek Country Park.

Ideas Test and Creative Estuary are co-commissioning an artist or collective to make an ambitious, environmentally sustainable, place-based public artwork(s) to launch in Autumn 2022 in Milton Creek Country Park, the green heart of Sittingbourne.

This commission is an open call and applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest by Monday 1st November 2021 at 9 am.

Please download the Artist Brief Creative Estuary Milton Creek_Sept2021.pdf (440 kb)  for full details including:

  • Possible themes
  • Project budget
  • Timelines and deadlines


A photo of Milton Creek Country Park. On the left is a grassy bank. It transforms into the muddy bank of Milton Creek which can be seen to the right of the photo. In the distance is an electricity pylon and a building. The sky is blue with white clouds and airplane trails.
Milton Creek Country Park

Site Visits 

Interested artists are encouraged to attend a site visit on on the Wednesday 13th October at 11am.

Spaces will be limited and released on a ‘first come – first served’ basis.

The site visit will be led by the project manager. Please email to book a place.


Submission Process 

If you wish to be considered for this commission, please submit images and supporting information as follows:

  • Current CV with evidence of up to 3 examples (maximum) of public artworks which have been undertaken in the last 10 years and are relevant to this brief.
  • Link to website(s) profiling artistic practice with previous work relevant to this brief.
  • Short outline of your proposal and approach to working with Ideas Test and the community (Maximum 2 sides of A4).
  • Public Liability Insurance up to £5 million and Professional Indemnity Insurance to the value of £5 million.
  • Two references for similar commissioned work in the public realm.

To help us process your application please name all documents with your full name and what the document contains (e.g. NicoleMollett_CV2021.pdf, NicoleMollett_Proposal.pdf).

If possible please put all the proposal information into one pdf.

Please email by the deadline Monday 1st November 2021 at 9 am.


Shortlisted artists

The shortlisted artists will be expected to make themselves available for an interview in November 2021.

A community panel representing the people that live, work and visit Milton Creek will help shortlist, interview, and select the commissioned artist.


CREATIVE ESTUARY CO-COMMISSIONS supports a wide range of cultural projects with new commissions for Estuary-based producers and artists, from activity for emerging cultural activists to large scale commissions with a diverse mix of partners. The Co-commissions raise widespread awareness of existing creative talent across the region and support creative practitioners and organisations to make and present new work. We are committed to engaging our local communities to contribute to their creative identity and will give artists, organisations and creative practitioners opportunities and support to help them realise their creative ambitions. The Co-commissions create opportunities for creative innovation and new cultural production – we want to capture imagination and provide opportunities for greater collaboration and knowledge sharing.

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CREATIVE ESTUARY has a vision to forge a new future founded on creative energy and innovation, along the length of the Thames Estuary. The project is supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and led by the University of Kent on behalf of a consortium of public sector and cultural organisations. They include the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), Kent and Essex County Councils, the Greater London Authority, 11 local authority areas represented by Greater North Kent Partnership and opportunity South Essex, South East Creative Economy Network (SECEN), University of Essex, Locate in Kent and cultural organisations Metal and Cement Fields. In early 2019 the University of Kent was awarded £4.3m from the DCMS Cultural Development Fund on behalf of the partners. DCMS Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England.

Created in 2013, Ideas Test is an arts organisation that works together with communities in Medway & Swale to live more creative lives. We are one of Arts Council England’s original 21 Creative People and Places programmes (CPP), and in 2020, we successfully novated into an independent CIO.

The Ideas Test approach works with a co-commissioning collaborative model working in and with our communities and with a particular interest in working with non-traditional art spaces and with audiences and participants who do not traditionally engage with mainstream arts.


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