DIY 2020/21: Call for Participants

Throughout the extended period of uncertainty and lockdown we have been working hard with all the brilliant lead artists and partners across the UK and Europe to get DIY 2020/21 up and running.

DIY is LADA’s flagship artist opportunity and is an initiative for artists working in Live Art to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists, for artists.

The ethos of DIY has always been artist-lead and experimental, and this very much remains the case, however in response to the impact of Covid some things about the programme have changed a little bit. Whereas we would usually run the DIY Call for Participants simultaneously in one large open call, this year each project will be running on its own timeline, with this webpage being regularly updated with each projects information and open call as and when they go live.

DIY 2020/21 has supported over 25 projects, with many of them being hosted online, as well as those which will be delivered in person in the coming months. Be sure to keep an eye on this webpage as well as our social media and future newsletters for further DIY updates and open calls for participants.

This page contains information on DIY projects which are currently recruiting participants.

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Leonie Rousham and Ishwari Bhalerao, DIY 2020: Alternative processes of mapping Time and Landscape. Image credit, the artists

'Wrap Live' by TINK + EFI

Wrap Live is led by TINK + EFI and explores sensory under-load for neurodivergent artists, with workshop activities leading up progressively to participating (or observing) in a full body wrap.

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a white person is off cenre, in front of some high rises. their face is beyond the fram, and their torso is covered by a stretch of black latex. Wrap Live, TINK + EFI, DIY2020/21. Image courtesy of the artists.

Part of DIY 2020/21

A list of the artist development workshops being run as part of DIY 2020.

Ongoing

DIY 2020/21

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A list of the artist development workshops being run as part of DIY 2020.

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DIY 2020 – Ben Walters: DIY Hope Machines with Doctor Duckie

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Artistic practice as queer civics: a series of online encounters about making better worlds through lived experience, material support, fun, and mutation.

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DIY 2020 – Charlie Ashwell: Restless Study

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Restless Study will be a space for people to study which privileges restlessness and distraction over focus and concentration. We will generate, manipulate and circulate objects of study, including text, conversation, image, action, movement, and beyond. We will throw off the shackles of goal-oriented education to reclaim study as a vital, liberatory mode of being in dialogue with others!

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DIY 2020 – Gillie Kleiman: Fat Performance

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A six-week collectively-generated course on and in Fat Performance for fat people.

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DIY 2020 – Lydia Heath: Public realm as playground: towards a toolkit for earthly survival

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This DIY project uses performance informed by science fiction, magic, ritual and idiocy to explore how our relationship to the public realm has changed and will continue to change because of COVID-19.

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DIY 2020 – Stacy Makishi: Live Art Social (distance) Club

Social life marooned like Tom Hanks in Castaway? Don’t befriend a volleyball, get social at Live Art Social (distance) Club!

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DIY 2020: Andy Field & Christopher Brett Bailey – Scaredy Cats

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We are interested in the things that make us afraid and in the complex relationship that people have with fear. We intend to bring a group of artists together to create a performance whose only purpose is to be frightening.  

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DIY 2020: Ashleigh Bowmott and Laura Sweeney – Doing, Undoing…and Doing Again

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A 3-day remote retreat for six producers, curators and arts administrators who have had to undo their present and future work due to COVID-19. This DIY is run in partnership with ArtHouse Jersey

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DIY 2020: Chris Bailkoski and Lizz Brady – Pins & Needles

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Interested in using Live Art to create lo-fi short films exploring mental health and queer culture?

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DIY 2020: Evan Ifekoya – Abundant Justice (Money Talks)

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“… Money talks, Dirty cash I want you, dirty cash I need you, oho”

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DIY 2020: Fabiola Santana – Mothers, Grandmothers, and Their (post) colonial Children

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Autobiographical sessions for postcolonial diaspora. Bodies as places of legacy; voice as ancestral calling; sharing stories; rituals; being vulnerable together.

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DIY 2020: Giorgia Ohanesian Nardin & Jamila Johnson-Small/SERAFINE1369 – A VAST AND INCIDENTAL KIND OF HOLDING

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Conversations on expanded multi-dimensional ideas of anatomy, divination, geography and language, seeking to bring transformational movement to ideas of trauma and healing as they are shaped by oppressive systems and given form in our bodies

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DIY 2020: Gordon Douglas – That’s Governance!

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That’s Governance! invites participants to interrogate conditions of governance, and propose, through roleplay, a non-human candidate for Scottish Sculpture Workshop (SSW)’s Board of Trustees.

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DIY 2020: Harun Morrison & Ofelia Jarl Ortega – Forest as Score

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“We will each immerse ourselves in a nearby forest and co-generate shared experiences through a series of synchronous somatic exercises and collective reading online. These activities will be the departure point for writing ghost stories and erotica.”

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DIY 2020: José García Oliva – White Vinegar

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White Vinegar Workshop revolves around the quote from leading New York artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles “After the revolution, who’s going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?”.

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DIY 2020: Leonie Rousham and Ishwari Bhalerao – Alternative Mapping of Time and Landscape

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Leonie and Ishwari will be working to explore alternative processes of mapping time and landscape, moving away from ideas of linearity and colonial legacies of demarcation. Focussing on process rather than production, they will do this using plant-based darkroom printing, fermentation and chorus interventions.

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DIY 2020: Louise Orwin – Brave New Worlds: Building the Live Art Community Discord Server

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Make like teenagers and build the Discord fanfiction version of Live Art from your bedroom, under the mentorship of real-life Discord experts (teenagers).

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DIY 2020: Nwando Ebizie – Lucid Kink

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An intimate online pleasure LAB for disabled queers exploring Kink as an artistic tool for self-care.

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DIY 2020: Oriana Fox and Teresa Albor – The Art of the Headfuck: I learned it from Katherine

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A workshop aimed at fans and future fans of the late great Katherine Araniello, a queer, crip, red-headed firebrand whose work lives on to disturb and tantalize in equal measure.

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DIY 2020: Rachel Gomme – Resourcing in the Ruins

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A workshop for artists who lost projects in 2020, sharing what we have lost, learned and gained, creating mourning rituals and (re)discovering our individual and collective resources.

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DIY 2020: Raju Rage – Politics of Intimacy in Practice

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An online residency queerying ‘The politics of Intimacy’ within our bodies and lives as well as in our creative practice/s

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DIY 2020: Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat – A Way Away: Correspondence Course

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A Way Away uses the mode of correspondence course to explore ideas around distance – spatial and temporal, physical and social, imagined and real.

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DIY 2020: TINK + EFI – Wrap Live: exploring sensory underload for neurodivergent artists

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Taking an experimental journey of gentle sensory under-load, progressively leading up to observing or participating in a full body wrap.

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Also

DIY: 2020 – Call for Proposals

Professional development projects – BY artists FOR artists – across the UK.

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DIY: 2016 – James Stenhouse ‘Survival Skills for Artists’

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A 3-day expedition to find out what it means to survive as an artist

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DIY: 2009

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Unusual professional development projects conceived and run BY artists FOR artists

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DIY 2020 – Gillie Kleiman: Fat Performance

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A six-week collectively-generated course on and in Fat Performance for fat people.

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DIY: 2016 – immigrants and animals ‘unprofessional class’

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for the dancer who doesn’t give a fuck about being professional

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DIY: 2017 – Katherina Radeva: On Otherness

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Identity is a complex thing. Difference is beautiful.

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