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Princess Theatre Torquay - Celebratory Commission

Artizan Collective is pleased to support the Ambassador Theatre Group and Arts & Heritage in the delivery of an exciting artist commission to be intalled at Torbay's Princess Theatre. Funded by COVID relief investment from Arts Council England, the opportunity seeks an artist that will celebrate the Theatre's heritage and place at the heart of the cultural landscape in Torbay.

The Commission

Princess Theatre sits in a prominent position within Torquay, built as the main feature of the redevelopment of the Princess Gardens back in 1961 it opened to host the greatest entertainers of the time - the opening night featuring Tommy Cooper and Morecambe and Wise and including The Beatles in its long list of entertainers performing there.

Though the programme has now changed to reflect the needs of contemporary audiences– the building still sits at the heart of Torquay, looking over Tor Bay to spectacular scenery, sunsets and views of the harbour.

This commission is an opportunity for an artist to delve into the theatre’s history, engage with its communities and staff and extract the stories contained within its walls. It also presents an expanded opportunity for an artist to explore Torquay’s heritage. From its coastal history, including possible themes of the bay’s shift from fishing to fashionable seaside resort, to Torquay’s unique natural environment and climate, or the history of Princess Theatre and its unique views; from Bay to Stage. The venue wants to be as open as possible about the themes and imagery an artist would like to explore.

The commission is being planned for the walls, windows and/ or stairwell of the café bar/ restaurant. This could be on one of these or be throughout the spaces.

Support Available

Due to the tight timframes associated with this opportunity, Artizan are providing support to interested applicants to help them make expressions of interest. You can contact Jacob Brandon to find out more about the support available: // 07762921571

Further details

  • Location: Princess Theatre

  • Media: Relevant 2D/3D depending on space used

  • Tender Value: £5,000

  • Deadline for Applications: 5pm 12th February

  • Confirmation of Shortlisted Artists: 13th February

  • Site Visit Shortlisted Artists: 16th February

  • Final Installation Deadline: 31st March


You can view the full brief below or download it here.

Your application should consist of:

  • Please first tell us what it is about Princess Theatre, its history and/ or location that interests you.

  • An outline of your idea for a new work. This does not have to be detailed, please keep descriptions succinct and in clear and accessible language.

  • Please include an artist impression or drawing if useful.

  • An outline budget – how you will roughly use the £5,000 – please remember to include your fees.

  • Links or examples of your previous work.

Applications should be emailed to



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