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The Valley: open call for works


Calderdale Sound Women Network are pleased to announce the launch of a new music/sound-based project: The Valley. The project, which has received Arts Council England funding, involves a number of workshops and artistic opportunities over the coming months.

CSWN is looking for two artists or artist collaborations to develop new works inspired by the Upper Calder Valley , and perform or show these works at a concert to be hosted at a local venue in November 2019. Inspiration for proposed works can derive from any aspect of the Upper Calder Valley’s culture and/or environment that sparks your creativity.

Pam Hulme playing the organ

CSWN's Pam Hulme performing with organ and electronics


To be eligible all applicants must be aged 18 or above, live in the Upper Calder Valley and identify as female or non-binary.

The call is aimed at artists who work in sound or music who may be at an early stage in their artistic practice, or at a more developed stage and wishing to take their work to the next level. Applications are particularly welcome from older people who have not previously considered working in a professional context, or who have felt development opportunities were limited, or not open to them.

The form of any creative output can be fixed or live sound or music of any genre and may include visual elements. The culmination of The Valley project is a concert so artists’ focus should be on creating work which can be successfully shown or performed live as part of this concert.

Whilst the call is open to individual artists we are also interested proposals that take the form of collaborations of up to three people. Please note however, funding is limited to that available to a single artist, so would need to be shared amongst collaborators.

For the purpose of this open call the Upper Calder is defined as the catchment area from Portsmouth in the West, downstream to Sowerby Bridge, including the towns of Walsden, Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Luddenden and Ripponden.


The two successful applicants/collaborations will:

• Each have access to a budget of up to £250 for materials, resources, mentoring and travel costs
• Each receive a fee of £150 for performance of their creative output at the winter concert
• Have the opportunity to attend a number of free workshops taking place over the summer and early autumn. The focus of these workshops may be creative or technical, with creative outputs from the workshops also being performed at the November concert alongside the outputs from this open call.


Deadline for applications: Friday 12 July
Notification of outcome: Friday 26 July
Open Call starts Thursday 1 August
CSWN concert: November 2019

Additional Information

CSWN are a loose collective with a shared interest in music and sound in all its forms. They are based in the Upper Calder Valley, West Yorkshire, and are affiliated to Yorkshire Sound Women Network (YSWN).

This project is being delivered by Calderdale Sound Women Network as part of the YSWN Amplify programme, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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How To Apply

Please respond to the brief below by 12pm on Friday 12 July, sending your application and any enquiries to

You can also download a PDF version of the call out and application form here.

Application Form


Contact Number/s:

I/ we identify as:               Female / Non-binary (please select)


(If you are applying as a collaborative group, please provide details for each group member)

Please limit the total space used for answering the four questions below to two sides of A4

1. Please give an outline of your proposal and how it is inspired by the Upper Calder Valley.

2. Please provide a summary of your experience and knowledge (you can provide links to previous works or projects here if you like).

3. How do you think you would benefit individually, or as a collaborative group from taking part in this project?

4. Proposed schedule for delivery.

Thank you for your interest and good luck!