Call-out: Site-responsive family experience at Cockington Court

We are looking for an awesome individual or group of collaborators to work with, in partnership, on a site-responsive creative project for children and their families during February half term (15th – 21st February 2021). Taking place around Cockington Court in Torquay, we will ​invite people to explore the grounds and experience something joyful over a period of 45 minutes.

We’re up for all sorts of ideas, including live performance, audio tours, light shows, projections and treasure hunts. Key to us is a story and characters that children can connect with.

Guidance surrounding live performance activity is subject to change so we know that this will require a flexible approach. We want to create an experience that family bubbles can access and undertake independently if we’re in lockdown, or (more hopefully) a trail involving live animations of some kind. These animations could be in-person performance, digital or auditory or anything else you might be imagining!

You will receive support from platform producers Mair George and Luke Jeffery and our newly appointed Production Assistant. All ticketing, marketing and audience development activity will be led by Doorstep Arts, and related costs are covered in addition to the fee detailed.



Up to £3000 inclusive of artist and production costs, travel and transport costs. There is an additional marketing budget, to be managed by Doorstep Arts.

Application process

We want to hear from you. If you would like to discuss your proposal before submitting it, please contact ​

Your project description should be no more than 3 sides of A4 and should include:

  • Full name, address, telephone number and email for the main contact
  • Outline of your creative idea for the site-responsive family experience at Cockington Court
  • What would the audience experience be?
  • Tell us about any potential technical or production requirements of the work , but please don’t worry if you’re not experienced in this area. Doorstep Arts are able to provide support.
  • Budget breakdown to include all costs (fees, planning, travel, production etc).
  • Confirmation of public liability insurance
  • Details of any previous experience in delivering a creative project
  • Short biography and reference for applicants
  • Images or web pages to support your proposal
  • Please state if you are registered with the Disclosure and Barring Service


Please email your proposal to Mair George, by 6pm on Sunday 13th December 2020

Applicants must be from South Devon or surrounding areas or be able to demonstrate strong connections to the area. We actively encourage applications from prospective applicants who are Black, Asian and People of Colour.

Please consider completing our ​Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form

Shortlisted applicants will be notified on Tuesday 15th December and invited to meet virtually with the Doorstep team to discuss the idea and your work on Wednesday 16th December. An initial site visit is scheduled for Friday 18th December and we ask that you keep this date available in your diary (where viable) so that next steps can be finalised ahead of the festive break.

The trail will need to stick to the paths to make it accessible. This map is included for reference.

Further information

This commission will not constitute an offer of employment, and you will be required to invoice us in accordance with a mutually agreed payment schedule. It is the responsibility of the creative practitioner to fulfil their tax and NI obligations as a freelancer with HM Revenue and Customs on any payment received.