​Halloween has always inspired a sense of creativity in us, whether it's with costumes or decorations, it's about creating an atmosphere.

We know the importance of atmosphere when it comes to events, which is why we want our local creative community to become an integral part of our Halloween Parade. 


We're looking for a local artist to design and build a large scale illuminated puppet/model to join the parade. Something imposing that will wow our visitors and showcase our city's creative talent.

A grant of up to £6000 is available to the successful candidate, which is to include all artist fees, materials, and associated travel costs.​

 The Commission must be: 

  • Illuminated | The parade is at night so the commission must be easily seen. 
  • Family friendly Halloween themed | It’s Halloween, so be spooky, but remember there’ll be children present, so no dismembered corpses or chainsaw massacres.
  • At least three metres tall | With crowds expected it’s imperative the commission is visible above the crowd line. The bigger the better, but must not exceed 4.5 metres. 
  • Moveable | The parade route is 1.2 miles (approx.)  It lasts from 6pm – 7.30pm and the commission must be transported along the entire route – either on foot or by vehicle/wheels.
  • Weather Resistant | The parade takes place along Southend seafront during all weather conditions. The commission should be weather resistant and be able to withstand strong gusts of wind. 
  • Designed to a high standard | The commission must be imposing, well-crafted additions to the parade.

 Key Dates: 

  • 1st July 2022 | Application Deadline. 
  • W/C 11th July 2022 | Shortlisted applicants interviews.
  • August-September | Development period for commissions. 
  • W/C 3rd October 2022 | Present finished commissions.
  • 29th October 2022 | Southend Halloween Parade.


To apply for part of this grant, please fill out the form below with as much information as possible. 

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