This Must Be the Place Micro-Commissions

Ebbsfleet Garden City. Photo: Rosie Lonsdale

This Must Be the Place Micro-Commissions

Cement Fields invites submissions from artists/or artist collectives based in North Kent, or with a meaningful connection to the area to develop self-guided and site-specific research responding to Ebbsfleet Garden City and its communities. 

This new strand of micro-commissions is part of This Must Be the Place, a pioneering three-year creative programme, co-led by young people from Ebbsfleet Garden City and the surrounding areas in collaboration with commissioned artists, to produce site-specific artworks and cultural activities.

The micro-commissions take place between January – June 2021, and will include a public presentation during Estuary 2021 (22 May – 13 June 2021). 

Each commissioned artist/artist collective will receive a freelance fee of £2,000, for approximately 10 project days (including planning, contact with communities, partners and the core This Must Be the Place youth cohort), and a production budget of £1,000 (inclusive of VAT). 

This Must Be the Place is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and by Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

For full details of the micro-commissions, please download the full commission brief →

How to apply

Share with us some notes, doodles and images of what you would like to do during this micro-commission. We suggest that you use 1-5 sentences to respond to each of the following: 

  • Introduce yourself to us (who you are) 
  • Tell us what part of your practice you would like to develop 
  • Outline how you would go about meeting people in the area and what kind of groups you are interested in 
  • Share a basic plan of how you would use your project days 

While this is not essential to add to your submission, we also invite you to think about your experiences of:  

  • Working with young people or intercultural communities
  • How your work would exist in public spaces and outside of a traditional gallery 

The submission can be a word document, PDF (no larger than 5MB), or a short audio/video clip (no longer than 1 minute).

Please include your name, pronouns, phone number and email address. You may also include your CV, although this is optional.

Email your completed application to

The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 18 January.


If you would like to request a call back, respond via another format not listed above, or have any other access requirements, please contact us at

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