DIY 11: 2014 - call for proposals

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists. The DIY 11: 2014 call for proposals is now open with a deadline of noon, Tuesday April 29th.


DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.
We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something new and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.
We are planning to support a minimum of 23 DIY projects that will take place across the UK between July and November 2014. Each project will receive £1000 support.
DIY projects may take any form, and can be loosely or rigorously focused on an idea or theme of your choosing. However, we also welcome proposals that specifically respond to one of the following themes. Eight of the 23 DIY projects will be selected according to these opportunities:

1. Live Art and Feminism
2. Live Art and Sound and Music
3. Live Art and Yorkshire Sculpture Park
4. Live Art and National Theatre Studio
5. Live Art and National Theatre Wales (WalesLab)
6. Live Art and the cultural mix
7. Live Art and KARST
8. Live Art and Bury Museum/Bury Art Gallery
9. Live Art and Platform: Let Go Of The Shore
10. Live Art and Collaboration
Please see the full Call for Proposals for more information on these specific opportunities.
DIY 11 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with the following partners:

Artsadmin (national), Arts Pavillion Bournemouth, Bury Art Museum/Bury Sculpture Centre, Cambridge Junction, Chelsea Theatre (London), Colchester Arts Centre, Compass Live Art (Yorkshire), Contact Manchester, Create Ireland, Duckie (London), Folkestone Fringe, Forest Fringe (Scotland), hÅb (Manchester), KARST (Plymouth), Live at LICA (North West), National Theatre Studio (London), National Theatre Wales, Norwich Arts Centre, Platform (national), Sound and Music (national), STUN (Manchester) and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. 
Projects will be specifically based in and/or stimulating and benefiting artists from the regions noted above. Projects may also be developed in collaboration with the DIY partner organisations in those regions.
More information, including online application process. 

GDance call for choreographer

GDance's previous call for a Wales based disabled choreographer has now been extended to include England based artists!


Deadline for applications: is still Friday 28th March.

GDance are offering a Choreographic Fellowship which will give a disabled, emerging choreographer the opportunity to develop his/her practice specifically with large scale, site based, performance events; working with community  companies (and potentially professional dancers).

The Fellow will benefit from the artistic direction and some mentoring from  International Choreographer Marc Brew ( with the support of GDance.

Value of the Fellowship:

GDance will provide a Fellowship fee of £3000, accommodation and per diems.

We would be really grateful if you could spread the word to anyone who you think might be interested!

GDance Choreographic Fellowship 2014:

Bespoke support for a disabled emerging choreographer including:

  • Artistic direction and some mentoring by an internationally recognised disabled choreographer 
  • The opportunity to work on an exciting site specific production with GDance, Ballet Cymru and Welsh Venues
  • Further your choreographic practice in working with large community casts in outdoor locations. Depending on experience, there may also be an opportunity to work with the professional company!

Please visit the website to download all of the relevant information relating to the fellowship; 

(There is no application form - just a more in-depth description of the role and further instructions).

Deadline for applications: Friday 28 March.

Interviews: Tuesday 1st April, exact times TBC.

Induction day and site visit: Friday 4th April.

For further information or assistance with your application contact:  Helen Crocker on 01452 550431 or

GDance is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of treating all its employees and job applicants equally.

This opportunity is generously supported by Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council England and The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Shrewsbury commission for IN project

In partnership with DASH, Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery is offering an opportunity for a disabled artist-filmmaker to undertake a commission from April 2014 onwards.


This opportunity is open to artist-filmmakers working in the realm of Disability Arts with an aim to support professional development by enabling access to Shropshire Museums and Shropshire Archives collections, curatorial staff and associated professional networks.

We are looking for original, engaging and innovative ideas that could be experimental, conceptual, narrative or abstract. We are looking for artist-filmmakers who have a sound knowledge of artists' moving image practices.

The work could originate in any format including video, digital animation, or film but will probably result in a digital presentation format. The intention is to make the finished work widely available, possibly on-line, capable of touring to museums and/or being screened within a cinematic context.

The commission documents can be downloaded in PDF format from the IN page of the Projects area of the website.

Rare chance to become curator

Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for a residency which is available at mac birmingham, in association with DASH.


Artists and curators are invited to submit proposals for a residency which is available at mac birmingham, in association with DASH.

The chosen curator will benefit from a fee of £7000, working space at mac and an exhibition slot in March 2015. They will also be able to have an input towards the visual arts programme at the centre too.

The position is open to those working in Disability Arts and forms part of the visual arts programme 'IN', Disability Arts in the Mainstream. The aim of 'IN' is to increase the number of Disabled and Deaf artists exhibiting in galleries.

Paula Dower, Operations Director of DASH said:

"This is a great opportunity for a creative individual to develop their professional skills and experience. Applicants are invited to outline their initial ideas around an exhibition which explores Disability Arts and awkwardness."

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 6th January 2014.

For more information contact Craig Ashley on 0121 446 3224 or Mike Layward on 01743 272939.

Applications can be emailed to or posted to Visual Arts at mac birmingham.

Micro-residency at MAC Birmingham

MAC birmingham (in partnership with The New Art Gallery Walsall and Turning Point West Midlands) - is offering an intensive artist-lab development opportunity for four West Midlands-based artists.


The chance to work in collaboration from Tuesday 5th November to Saturday 9th November 2013. The residency will provide the four selected artists with time and space to exchange ideas, materials to prototype work, and a test-bed opportunity to bring outputs to audiences in the public realm.

Deadline: Friday 4th October 2013.

More information available via: