DIY 2020

Ongoing Opportunity

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.

Andy Field and Christopher Brett Bailey: Scaredy Cats

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.

More information and how to apply
Andy Field & Christopher Brett Bailey, DIY 2020: Scaredy Cats. Image credit Colton Sturgeon

Ben Walters: DIY Hope Machines

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 Fringe

Applications for this DIY are now closed
Ben Walters, DIY 2020: Hope Machines. Image credit Zed @ They Them Studio

Chris Bailkoski and Lizz Brady: Pins & Needles

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.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
Chris Bailkoski and Lizz Brady, DIY 2020: Pins & Needles. Image credit: The Crocodiles Say They Cant, Chris Bailkoski

Charlie Ashwell - Restless Study

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.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
Charlie Ashwell, DIY 2020: Restless Study. Image credit: the artist

Clumsy Bodies - What was that noise?

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…
Clumsy Bodies, DIY 2020: What is This Noise?. Image credit: the artists

Erkan Affan and Youcef Hadiazi – University of Kuireen

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…
Erkan Affan and Youcef Hadiazi, DIY 2020: University of Kuireen

Evan Ifekoya - Abundant Justice (Money Talks)

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.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
Evan Ifekoya, DIY 2020: Abundant Justice (Money Talks)

Fabiola Santana - Black Mothers, Grandmothers & (post)colonial Children

My African female elders have brought my family together in moments of nurture, celebrationand mourning. In this spirit, I invite a group of artists to explore our matrilineages, focusing on care, the effects of colonialism, and our bodies as a place of legacy. A workshop series for (post) colonial children; women, womxn, and non-binary people.

This DIY is run in partnership with Museum of London.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
DIY 2020:Black Mothers, Grandmothers & (post)colonial Children. Image credit Will Dickie

Gordon Douglas – That’s Governance!

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
Gordon Douglas, sketch for multi-headed puppet for several performers, 2016. DIY 2020; That’s Governance!

José García Oliva - White Vinegar

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
DIY 2020: White Vinegar - José García Oliva

Harun Morrison & Ofelia Jarl Ortega - Forest as School

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.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
Harun Morrison & Ofelia Jarl Ortega, DIY 2020: Forest as School. Image credit: Harun Morrison

Leonie Rousham and Ishwari Bhalerao - Alternative processes of mapping Time and Landscape

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.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
Leonie Rousham and Ishwari Bhalerao, DIY 2020: Alternative processes of mapping Time and Landscape. Image credit, the artists

Ashleigh Bowmott and Laura Sweeney - Doing, Undoing...and Doing Again

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 Jersey

Applications for this DIY are now closed
Laura McSweeney and Ashleigh Bowmott, DIY 2020: Doing, Undoing... and Doing Again

Louise Orwin - Brave New Worlds

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
Louise Orwin, DIY 2020: Brave New Worlds

Lydia Heath - Public realm as playground: towards a toolkit for earthly survival

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.

This DIY is run in partnership with Compass Live Art and hÅb.

Applications for this DIY are now closed
Lydia Heath, DIY 2020: Public realm as playground. Image credit: Elise Darlow

Nwando Ebizie - Lucid Kink

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.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…

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

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.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
Oriana Fox and Teresa Albor, DIY 2020: The Art of the Headfuck: I learned it from Katherine. Image credit: Katherine Araniello, Take Up Space Cabaret, Royal Court Theatre, 2018, by Ali Wright

Rachel Gomme - Resourcing in the Ruins

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…
Rachel Gomme, DIY 2020: Resourcing in the Ruins

Susanne Bosch, Tellervo Kalleinen and Chrissie Tiller - Strengthening the Choir *with thanks to Rebecca Solnit

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.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
Susanne Bosch, Tellervo Kalleinen and Chrissie Tiller, DIY 2020: Strengthening the Choir *with thanks to Rebecca Solnit. Image credit Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen

Tim Etchells and Vlatka Horvat - A Way Away: Correspondence Course

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.

Details of how to apply to participate in this DIY will be announced shortly…
Tin Etchells and Vlatka Horvat, DIY 2020: A Way Away Correspondence Course

Tink Flaherty and Efi Ntoumouzi - Wrap Live

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…
Tink Flaherty and Efi Ntoumouzi, DIY 2020: Wrap Live

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