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Chain Reactions

Chain Reactions is a collaborative, cross-artform, digital project that encourages participants to develop and stretch their creativity in new ways. This project inspires people to respond to each other’s creative work to produce ‘links’ in a creative chain.

To ignite the process, in February 2021 we commissioned six artists to produce a creative response to the idea of ‘Spark’. The resulting pieces range from spoken word poetry to textile art, sound collage to dance, and music to film.

View the Link #1 pieces below and let your imagination catch fire!

Links #1: Igniting the ‘Spark’

Links #2: Pick up the torch! It’s over to you…

We’re inviting people across the Yorkshire region to get creative themselves and forge new ‘links’ in the chain by taking inspiration from one of the six commissions.

Your response can take any art form you’d like, e.g. dance, spoken word, a monologue, a song or piece of music, sound art, visual art, film, storytelling or poetry.

It can be captured in any digital medium – a video, a photograph, a sound file or a written document. All we ask is that your response is your own original work, and preferably in a different artform to the piece to which you are responding.

The aim of Chain Reactions is to create a community of people enjoying and sharing their creative interests, ideas and skills in different artforms to provoke and encourage a ‘reaction’ and inspire others.

Anyone living in the Yorkshire region is welcome to take part. Whether this is your first time creating something or the five-hundredth, we want to hear from you!

*New Opportunity*

Apply to our 2021 Summer Fringe and you could have the opportunity to perform your Chain Reaction link piece in front of a live audience in Ilkley in July or August. Full details here.

I’ve been ‘Sparked’ and want to be a link in the Chain! How do I get involved?

That’s fantastic! Getting involved couldn’t be easier. Once you have your idea for creating a second link and have filmed, recorded, photographed or written your response, all you have to do is send an  email to with the following information:

  • Your name and where you’re based in Yorkshire
  • The name/s of the Link #1 artist/s you are responding to
  • The title of your own Link #2 ‘reaction’ (if you have one)
  • A short description of your Link #2 piece
  • Your work as an attachment
    (or, if the file is too big to send via email, please send your piece via WeTransfer, a free file transfer service available online)
  • Your social media handles (if applicable)

Terms and Conditions

  • Eligibility
    Chain Reactions is open to anyone based in Yorkshire, aged 18 years and over. Your creative piece must be your own original work.
  • Copyright
    Entrants retain the copyright to their work; successful entries will be posted and shared on Ilkley Literature Festival’s website and social media channels. Entrants can request their entries be withdrawn and removed from the website and social media at any time by emailing
  • Please Note
    By submitting an entry, applicants indicate they agree to the terms stated above.
  • Any Questions?
    If you have any queries, please email and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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