DIY 14: 2017

Professional development projects by artists for artists across the UK.

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

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


Our Call for Participants is now closed.

Our Call for Proposals to lead a project has now closed.

Documentation from DIY 14: 2017.

More info about DIY.

Artists leading DIY projects in 2017: Bedfellows, Giovanna Maria Casetta, Gareth Cutter & Paul Hughes, Nwando Ebizie & Jonathan Grieve, Tara Fatehi Irani, Bridget Floyer & Susan Merrick, Ellie Griffiths & Greg Sinclair, Madeleine Hodge & Bek Conroy, Catherine Hoffmann, Johanna Linsley & Rebecca Collins, Tuuli Malla, Rachel Mars & Greg Wohead, Jessie McLaughlin, Peter McMaster, Jade Montserrat & Daniella Valz Gen, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Daniel Oliver, Lizzie Philps, Katherina Radeva, Fabiola Santana, Sheaf+Barley, Jack Tan, The Network 11, Zoe Toolan, and Sara Zaltash.

Artists leading DIY+ projects supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation: Toni Lewis and Demi Nandhra, Martin O’Brien, and Sheree Rose.

More information on each project, plus the calls for participants, will be available in May.

DIYs this year are supported by: Access All Areas, Agency for Agency, ARC Stockton, Artsadmin, BUZZCUT, Colchester Arts Centre, Compass Live Art, Create Ireland, Fierce Festival, Folkestone Fringe, Heart of Glass, The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Iniva, Jersey Arts Trust, Lancaster Arts, Live Art Bistro, Live Art Development Agency, The Marlborough Pub & Theatre, National Theatre, Norwich Arts Centre, ]performance s p a c e[, Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Snape Maltings, Southbank Centre, SPILL Festival, Steakhouse Live, Tate (Early Years and Family), Whitstable Bienniale, Wunderbar/NewBridge Project.

About DIY

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 supports exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development projects that offer something new and are geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.

DIY projects can take any form, can be based anywhere, and can be loosely or rigorously focused on a specific theme/content. We particularly encourage proposals from artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and disabled artists, and artists working in other underrepresented or politicised territories.

Each DIY project receives £1,500 to cover fees and all direct project costs including venue hire, travel, materials and hospitality.

The annual ‘DIY Picnic’, a final networking event for all participants, lead artists and DIY partners, will take place in London on 2 December 2017 following the completion of this year’s projects. 

NEW for 2017: Thanks to the support of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, we are offering a series of DIY ‘enhancements’ in 2017:

  • DIY+: 3 larger-scale DIY projects with budgets of £4,000 each, designed to facilitate ambitious projects needing greater resources, and/or internationally-based artists to lead projects for the benefit of early-career practitioners
  • DIY Gateway: 3 opportunities for artist-led organisations and collectives to support DIYs with their knowledge and expertise as subsidised partner organisations
  • DIY Progression: 3 ‘follow-on’ funds, to further develop projects born of DIYs

NEW for 2017: Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions initiative, supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, will facilitate three DIYs led by artists from culturally-diverse backgrounds.