Artist Opportunity: New Words Project

Posted 22 Oct 2019 by Sue Lawson in Funding Opportunities, Latest Libraries News

Proposals are invited from artists for Time to Read’s ‘New Words’ Project

New Words logoNew Words is a new 18-month project, supported by Arts Council England, to promote and develop relationships between independent publishers and libraries in the North West, broadening reading experiences for existing readers, and developing new readers to libraries and publishers. 

Time To Read
Time To Read is a unique partnership of 22 Library Authorities in NW England, working together to promote reading. The NW region covers Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire, all of Greater Manchester and Greater Merseyside. 

Time To Read are partnering with some of the most exciting and innovative North West ACE-funded publishers: Carcanet, Comma, Saraband, Dead Ink and Knives, Forks and Spoons

The purpose of the project is to:

  • Improve Links between North West Publishers and Libraries

  • Raise public and library staff awareness of publishers via book collections, events and displays

  • Explore new ways of promoting books through an artistic element

This will be done through:

  • 22 author/publisher events, one in each North West Library authority

  • Displays of selected titles

Titles selected for promotion as part of the project are:

Protest Stories ed by Ra Page
Letters Home by Martyn Bedford

Dead Ink
Water Shall Refuse Them by Lucie McKnight Hardie
Please Read This Leaflet Carefully by Karen Havelin

Ann Bronte Reimagined by Adelle Hay
Incandescent by Anna Levin

Many Red Fish by Steve Spence
Riverrun by Alan Baker

Now We Can Talk Openly About Men by Martina Evans
Girl by Rebecca Goss

The Brief
Proposals are invited from an experienced artist as to imaginative ways to promote the books and publishers selected as part of the project. Materials produced should be transportable or easily replicable through different library spaces. They may also make use of under-utilised spaces such as floors and ceilings. 

Proposals might include easily reproduced items such as leaflets, bookmarks, headers or empty belly posters. They may also include easily transportable displays.

The artist is expected to visit a number of libraries as part of the project to familiarise themselves with the possibilities and limitations of the spaces.

Materials should be non-date specific so they have the potential for use after the project, and should incorporate both ‘Time to Read’ and ‘New Words’ in the branding.

Resources and Support

Time to Read will liaise with the artist and suggest a suitable range of libraries to visit during the research and development phase of the project. Time to Read will also be available to offer practical advice and feedback as the project evolves. 

£2500 for design and creation, including travel (10 days x Artist Union of England fee of £218 per day, plus travel allowance).
£3000 printing and production.

The Proposal
Proposals should include the artist’s ideas for the project, a brief cv (relevant to the project) including images of previous work, and an estimated budget for the production of materials, based on the figure above.

Materials should be available for use by end January/beginning of Feb 2020.

All proposals will be considered by members of the New Words Project working group.

All enquiries and proposals to Sue Lawson at

Closing date for proposals: 10.00am Friday 8th November 2019

North West Libraries

Librarians in the North West have pioneered partnership working to encourage new readers into libraries. Time To Read is a partnership of librarians engaged in reader development activity in public library authorities in the North West Region. 22 public library authorities in the region currently support Time To Read.

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