This page features some of the brilliant artist development workshops being supported as part of DIY 2020 – we will be updating this page with more projects in the coming weeks and months so be sure to check back for more information, and click here to see which projects are currently recruiting participants.
DIY is LADA’s flagship professional development opportunity – which supports workshops run BY artists, FOR artists.
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.
This DIY is run in partnership with Tate Early Years and Families.Applications for this DIY are now closed
Artistic practice as queer civics: a series of online encounters about making better worlds through lived experience, material support, fun and mutation.
This DIY is run in partnership with Folkestone FringeApplications for this DIY are now closed
Pins & Needles is inspired by the Scratch Video movement of creating lo-fi and spontaneous short films as a way of documenting overlooked elements of society and subvert notions of the artform. Using this method of making we will highlight difficulties in presenting work surrounding mental health and queer culture through those artists specifically affected by these issues.
This DIY is run in partnership with HOME Manchester.More information and how to apply
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!
This DIY is run in partnership with ICA London.More information and how to apply
“Horror feels like a genre that speaks to trans experiences, yet is one that has historically demonised us. We invite trans and non-binary artists to watch horror movies with us and playfully experiment with the conventions of horror storytelling so we can reclaim the genre as our own.”
This DIY is run in partnership with Something To Aim For.Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
Erkan Affan & Youcef Hadjazi will take on and subvert the structure of the modern, neoliberal university to commission a series of workshops, lectures and performances that amplify queer and trans* voices from the West Asian and North African regions.
This DIY is run in partnership with LADA and the Library of Performing Rights.Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
“A two day workshop immersion for Black and PoC artists where we will, through a series of facilitated conversations; reading and listening sessions; as well as moments for wellness and care, have frank conversations about our current relationship to abundance, scarcity and wealth.”More information and how to apply
Autobiographical sessions for postcolonial diaspora. Bodies as places of legacy; voice as ancestral calling; sharing stories; rituals; being vulnerable together.
This DIY is run in partnership with Museum of London.
Deadline for applications: 5pm, Sunday 22 December 2020Applications for this DIY are now closed
A six-week collectively-generated course on and in Fat Performance for fat people.
This DIY is run in partnership with Colchester Arts CentreApplications for this DIY are now closed
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.
This DIY is run in partnership with Cambridge Junction
Deadline for applications: 11:55pm, Sunday 22 November 2020.Applications for this DIY are now closed
That’s Governance! invites participants to interrogate conditions of governance, and propose, through roleplay, a non-human candidate for SSW’s Board of Trustees.
This DIY is run in partnership with Scottish Sculpture Workshop.More information and how to apply
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?”.
This DIY is run in partnership with Lancaster Arts.Applications for this DIY are now closed
“We will immerse ourselves in Epping Forest through a series of somatic exercises and collectively read relevant texts including theory and fiction. These activities will be the departure point for writing, sharing and exploring ghost stories and erotica.”
This DIY is run in partnership with Artsadmin.Applications for this DIY are now closed
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.
This DIY is run in partnership with Fermynwoods Contemporary Art.Applications for this DIY are now closed
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. It will be a guided staycation which allows space to those who ‘support’ Live Art, to reflect on “business as usual”, get some much deserved socially-distanced nourishment, and the collective development of radical terms and conditions.
This DIY is run in partnership with ArtHouse JerseyApplications for this DIY are now closed
Brave New Worlds invites you on a deep dive into the world of online teenage role play and DISCORD servers. Under the mentorship of real life teenage discord role players, participants will build their own Live Art Community Discord server and digital universe and undertake 48 hours of durational online role play to ask what we can learn about ourselves and our work from these online practices. Standing on the precipice of re-building ourselves and our worlds post COVID19, can we make like teenagers, and begin to imagine brave new worlds for ourselves from our bedrooms?
This DIY is run in partnership with The Place Bedford.More information and how to apply
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. It invites participants to think through the wider global implications of this unprecedented situation, how we relate to each other and the spaces we share during times of global crisis.Applications for this DIY are now closed
“not/nowhere are an artist workers’ cooperative that supports new media practices, in 2021 they will be running a DIY workshop with more details to be announced.
This DIY is run in partnership with Nation Theatre Studio.Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
An online workshop for queer artists with mental health issues/disabled to be alone together using the methodologies of Kink and BDSM in order to develop survival strategies of self-care, consent, and erotic structure. A week of self-pleasure for pre-creativity.
This DIY is run in partnership with Metal Peterborough.Applications for this DIY are now closed
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. We will mine Katherine’s subversive methodologies, taking the piss in a way that would make her proud, and then go forward to talk back to those who would have us crushed, cured or assimilated.
This DIY is run in partnership with the Wellcome Collection.Applications for this DIY are now closed
An online residency queerying ‘The politics of Intimacy’ within our bodies and lives as well as in our creative practice/s.
This DIY is run in partnership with ]performance s p a c e [.
Deadline for applications: 11:55pm, Sunday 29 November, 2020.Applications for this DIY are now closed
A collaborative workshop for those who lost projects in 2020, sharing what we have lost, learned and gained through the Covid-19 crisis. We will come together through ritual, exchange of new and old knowledge and skills, and creating joyfully from the fragments, to build a sense of individual and collective resourcefulness to support us into the uncertain future.
This DIY is run in partnership with Norwich Arts Centre.Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
“We believe socially engaged practice can create political spaces, facilitated by the artist, where an embodied experience of convivial co-existence can lead to deep sharing. We are inviting nine peers to uncover, and harvest, the invisible or tacit knowledge we believe often contributes to the creation of this experience. This will take place through three facilitated sessions from which we intend to create a publication (online or printed) of the findings.”
This DIY is run in partnership with Heart of Glass.Applications for this DIY are now closed
A Way Away: Correspondence Course is a peer-to-peer artist development project exploring the idea of distance – spatial and temporal, physical and social, perceived/imagined and real. Approaching distance not only as the topic of our investigation but also as a condition of living, as a situation to work in, as both a material and a tool, A Way Away uses various forms of exchange over distance, including the old genre of correspondence course whereby dispersed participants send materials – actional / performative tasks, thought experiments and writing exercises – to one another by regular post.
This DIY is run in partnership with Heart of Glass.
Deadline for applications: 11:55pm, Sunday 13 DecemberApplications for this DIY are now closed
Exploring Sensory Underload for neurodivergent artists.
This DIY is run in partnership with Something To Aim For..Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
A list of the artist development workshops being run as part of DIY 2020.
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