Pop-up Park Programme: Call for Submissions!

Posted on: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

FROM THE STATION TO THE SEA invites commissions from local artists, performers or organisations to take part in a family-friendly pop-up park programme on Swansea’s High Street over April, with activity concentrated from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th April 2018. Artists/performers/organisations will need to be available for at least one of these days for a series of 1 hour pop-up activities/interventions/performances.

About Pop-up Parks:

There are pop-up parks all around the world. Pop-up parks can be urban, suburban or rural, and can be on public or private land. A pop-up park is an area that provides more space and amenities for people using the street. They are spaces where people can sit and enjoy the street in a different way; spaces that invite passers-by to sit and relax instead of hurrying by.

We are working with a designer to build a versatile and nimble pop-up park where everyone feels welcome and at home on High Street – a park which can be packed up after use, returning the space to its former condition.

What we are looking for:

We want to create a family-friendly programme of work to take place in and/or around the pop-up park on Swansea’s High Street. We’re looking to create a programme of work that will allow people who use the street to engage (watch, listen, interact) in activity whist relaxing in a pop up park. This activity relating to the pop-up park will take place on specific dates and times in April. We don’t expect artists to make entirely new work –you might wish to test work-in-progress or present existing work. The activity can take any form, and be any shape or size but it needs to engage with and complement the creation of green spaces in the city, and the ethos of creating more space for pedestrians and using public space differently. Examples of this could be:

  • A pop-up performance
  • An urban street gardener intervention
  • Speakers corner
  • A pop-up tea party
  • Activities where people are invited to do or make something in the pocket park.

Our park will pop up on various dates and be “live” for one hour, 3 times a day, so please keep this in mind when applying.


The pop-up park will take place on Swansea’s High Street. It will “pop up” in outdoor locations. We envisage that the activity will take place around the pop-up park, but it could also lead people to and/or away from the space.


The pop-up park programme will take place over the week beginning Monday April 23rd and ending on Sunday 29th April. The weekend will run alongside Jamborî! A weekend festival for all the family - packed with fun and creative things to do, see and discover:

Artists/performers/organisations will need to be available for at least one of these days for a series of 1 hour pop-up performances.

The budget:

The fee for each commission will be £300 per day and should include 3 x 1 hour performances/periods of activity.


If you would like to be considered for this commission, please email Station to Sea Project Manager Caroline Lane on caroline@volcanotheatre.co.uk with a short outline (no more than 500 words) saying how the pop-up park on High Street idea inspires you, what you’d like to do, why it fits and how it’ll happen.

Please also send us a link to some examples of your work online. You will need to have availability over April 2018.

Deadline: Monday 9th April 2018

Any enquiries to be sent to Caroline Lane / Call 01792 464790 if you have any questions before applying.

Additional Information:

From the Station to the Sea is an Ideas:People:Places Project, supported by the Arts Council of Wales. It is about the idea of the High Street, the lived reality of the place, and the possibilities of its transformation. Led by Coastal Housing and Volcano Theatre, the project comprises a programme of diverse yet connected projects, each of which addresses particular perceptions or concerns and focuses on the needs and desires of specific constituencies. Working with residents, traders, schools, workers, commuters, visitors and socially excluded people, the project aims to disrupt the prevailing power relations through imaginative interventions in the material and social realm of the street.

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