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Call for Proposals – DIY 14: 2017

Posted: 15 Feb 2017

Call for Proposals – DIY 14: 2017
Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists.

Application deadline: 12noon, Monday 13 March 2017.
Supported projects will take place between June and November 2017.

We are happy to be supporting DIY 14 this year. Wunderbar and The NewBridge Project alongside 24 other partner organisations will offer artists working in Live Art the chance to conceive and run professional development projects for other artists.

Documentation from the DIY13 programme is available here.
More information on this year’s DIY programme here.

“One of the most valuable professional developments of my artistic practice so far”
FK Alexander, DIY lead artist, 2016

“Having a group of seriously curious and culturally hungry collaborators to experiment with was a great privilege”
Katie Etheridge, DIY lead artist, 2016


About DIY 14

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists.

DIY understands that the development of a Live Art practice is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and past DIY projects have proved to be invaluable experiences for project leaders, participants and organisers alike.

DIY is all about creating spaces to explore new ideas and test new methodologies. We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something different 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 particularly welcome proposals led by or addressing underrepresented artists and practices, and projects reflective of other politicised territories.

DIY projects may take any form and can be based anywhere. Each DIY project is placed with a partner organisation and this year’s partners are detailed below. If a partner organisation has a regional remit your DIY project will happen in that region, if it has a national remit it can happen anywhere. We particularly welcome DIY projects that are geared towards partners’ locations. Please make clear in your application your preferred location(s), although we do encourage flexibility in this matter. (Once we have selected the final projects we may ask some proposals to be relocated to ensure an even spread of projects across the country.)

DIYs can be about anything you want, but some DIY partners have written specific briefs for artists to respond to, which cover an exciting and diverse range of themes – please see the full call out for further details.

DIY 14 has a wide range of new partner organisations and some exciting new developments including three new strands of DIY activities supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, and three DIYs supported by Live Art UK’s new Diverse Actions initiative.


Further information for applicants

LADA has compiled a list of frequently asked questions covering all aspects of the DIY application process and other information related to the scheme. Please read these notes carefully before applying.


Partner organisations
Partners with a national remit will support a DIY which takes place anywhere. Partners with a regional remit will support a DIY which takes place in that region.
Partners supporting DIYs this year: Access All Areas (London), Agency for Agency (London), ARC Stockton (Stockton), Artsadmin (National), BUZZCUT (Glasgow), Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester), Culture Coventry/The Herbert (Coventry), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone), Heart of Glass (St Helens), Iniva (National), Jersey Arts Trust (Jersey), Lancaster Arts (Lancaster), Live Art Development Agency (National), The Marlborough Pub & Theatre (Brighton), National Theatre (London), ]performance s p a c e[ (Folkestone), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Aberdeenshire), Snape Maltings (Ipswich), Southbank Centre (London), SPILL Festival (Ipswich), Steakhouse Live (London), Wunderbar/NewBridge Project (Newcastle), Z-arts (Manchester).


For more information and the full call out please visit the Live Art website



Image: From DIY 13: Sexcentenary’s ‘Grey Matters’ (credit: Clare West)