We are looking for performance artists (e.g. dance/ drama/ spoken word) to creatively explore the heritage of Willersley Castle, its connections to the wider Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, and its contemporary relevance. We want to share this heritage through a contemporary, creative performance designed to engage with new audiences.

Willersley Castle is a late 18th-century Grade II* listed country mansion above the River Derwent at Cromford, Derbyshire. The Georgian-style castellated house is three storeys high with a seven-bay frontage, the central bay flanked by full-height round towers and stands in 60 acres of grounds. Originally named “Willersley Hall”, the building was built on the slopes of Wild Cat Tor, 400 feet (120 m) above sea level, for the occupation of the industrialist Sir Richard Arkwright by the architect William Thomas. Today it operates as a Christian Guild Hotel.

Through this commission, and with input from a heritage expert we want to engage an Artist to creatively explore and draw out interesting and little known aspects of Willersley’s heritage, particularly its relation to the wider Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site and its contemporary relevance, to be shared through a creative performance.

The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site (DVMWHS) is a place that changed the world. It is a place where the dramatic power of the landscape was harnessed through human
ingenuity, leading to industrial developments that revolutionised the way people worked and lived. Derwent Valley Mills was inscribed a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001.

For full details about how to apply please download the full Artist Brief here –
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Deadline for responses is Friday 20 March 2020, 5pm.

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