DIY 3: 2005 – Call For Proposals

Professional development BY artists FOR artists in London and the South East*

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

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Deadline for applications: 4 March 2005

DIY 3:2005 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run professional development projects for other artists.

DIY 3:2005 builds on the strengths of the first two years of the DIY scheme which proved to be an invaluable and rewarding experience for project leaders, participants and organisers alike.

We want to hear from you if you have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something new and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.

If you think you can initiate and run a professional development project that will stimulate other artists then read the guidelines below.
I believe ‘DIY for artists’ is a really productive form of training, as it is so specifically tailored to what I need.  I’ve been on many training courses before but none that felt so relevant to me.  To carry on the tailoring analogy – it’s the difference between a bespoke suit and an off the peg outfit!! (Clare Thornton, DIY 2002 participant)

I’ve learnt more in these three days than in the past six months (Casper Below, MA student, DIY 2 participant)


For the first time we are running DIY in the South East as well as London.  We particularly want to hear from you if you have a proposal which will benefit artists in the South East.

DIY is an initiative of the Live Art Advisory Network, a collaboration between Artsadmin, the Live Art Development Agency and New Work Network.
These guidelines are available in large print on request.

What sort of project can I propose for DIY 3:2005?

  • We are seeking proposals from artists for adventurous and possibly outlandish projects that are grounded in an awareness of the issues impacting on artists’ practices and are aimed at enhancing the range of approaches available to practitioners.  The development of a Live Art practice is not so much about skills and techniques (although these are of course inherent in the work) but about ideas and possibilities.  We are therefore not seeking proposals for training programmes in any conventional sense but more illustrations and illuminations of how to approach and address ideas.
  • The projects may take any form.  Previous programmes, for example, covered practical and conceptual issues and took in city centre adventures; rural retreats about art and activism; new approaches to networking, collaboration and documentation; considerations of costume in performance; process based experimentation on the impact of time in art; debates; and skills swap shops.
  • As part of your proposal we expect you to identify the kinds of artists who will participate and how you will select them.  We will want to know how your project will contribute to the professional development of the participants.
  • Your project must take place between May and July 2005.
  • You do not have to live in London or the South East to apply but your project must take place in London or the South East and/or predominantly benefit London or South East based artists.
  • Artists who have previously run DIY programmes are eligible to propose a DIY 3:2005 project.

DIY 3:2005 has a budget of £7,000 and we expect to award seven grants of £1,000 each.  We plan to award five projects to benefit London based artists and two to benefit South East based artists.

We will accept applications from individual artists or groups of artists.  If applying as a group you must identify one artist as the lead/contact artist (any grant awarded will be paid to the lead/contact artist).

The deadline for applications is 4 March 2005.


How do I apply?

We are happy to briefly discuss your proposal with you by emails or over the phone as you develop your ideas.  We are sorry that we cannot meet in person to discuss proposals.  For advice email [email protected] or call:

* Manick Govinda or Nikki Tomlinson at Artsadmin on 020 7247 5102

* Sophie Cameron at New Work Network on 020 7729 5779

* Lois Keidan or Daniel Brine at the Live Art Development Agency on 020 7033 0275

Please phone one and not all of us!  Also note that we will all attend the National Review of Live Art so you will not be able to contact us between 9 and 14 February.

To apply you should prepare a proposal that is no longer than three sides of A4.  Your proposal should include:

* the name and full contact details of the lead artist/applicant

* a description of your proposed project/programme

* the programme’s artistic rationale and proposed methodology

* an indication of who the proposed participants might be, including areas of practices, levels of experience, etc

* an indication of the imagined outcomes and benefits for participants

* an indication of the number of participants

* details of how you will select participants

* a simple schedule of activity which outlines what you will do and when you will do it

* a simple budget which shows how you will spend the grant

* a short biography of the organiser(s) including your experience or interest in leading similar initiatives.


We particularly want to receive proposals which benefit South East based artists.  Where appropriate, please detail where your project will be located in the South East and how your project will benefit South East based artists.

Ideally DIY 3:2005 projects will be free to participants but the nature of some projects may necessitate small financial contributions from participants.  If participants are being asked to contribute for taking part in the project, you should indicate how much this will be and show this earned income in your project budget.

We expect the artist(s) organising the project to be paid for the time they contribute to the project.  Other budget items may include transport, tickets for events, space hire, speakers’ fees, etc.

It is not essential to supply supporting material.  However, if you feel that supporting material will help us understand more about you and your proposal then we welcome it.  We will only return supporting material if you also send a stamped self addressed envelope.  Supporting material might include full CV’s, and copies of reports, press clipping, and documentation of previous performances/events.

You must also complete the monitoring questions.  Your application will not be eligible without the completed monitoring questions.


The deadline for applications is 4 March 2005.  We will accept applications by post or email.  We will not accept applications by fax.  We are not able to accept late submissions. You should send your proposal to:

[email protected]


DIY 3:2005 @

Live Art Development Agency

Rochelle School

Arnold Circus

London E2 7ES


Who will make the decision about which projects are funded and how will they decide?

A selection panel consisting of representatives of Artsadmin, the Live Art Development Agency, New Work Network and The De La Warr Pavilion will consider all applications.  The panel will assess all applications and prioritise those that best meet the assessment criteria.  The selection of projects for DIY 3:2005 will be based on:

* the relevance of the proposal to the aims of the DIY initiative

* the relevance of the proposal to Live Art practice and artists

* the extent to which the proposal shows clear artistic direction and vision

* the degree to which the proposal will contribute to the professional development of artists

* the viability of the proposal

* the ability of the applicant to achieve the stated aims of the proposal.

It is the intention of the Live Art Advisory Network to support a range of forms of projects through DIY which together form a coherent programme.  The final decision on which projects to fund will therefore by informed by this and a project may be prioritised over another because of the alternative vision for professional development that it offers.

The selection panel may award more or less than the amount requested.

All decisions will be notified in writing.

Complaints and appeals in relation to DIY applications are undertaken under the Complaints and Appeals Procedure of Artsadmin.  Information about the procedure is available on request from Artsadmin.


What happens if my proposal is selected?

After the selection process, successful applicants will be invited to meet members of the Live Art Advisory Network to discuss and develop the shape and location of the projects, who they will be aimed at, how best to market them and recruit identified participants, and strategies for monitoring and evaluation.  Together we will agree a payment schedule and conditions of the grant.

The Live Art Advisory Network will publicise the DIY 3:2005 projects through the partners’ extensive e-lists and websites and will disseminate information including details of individual projects, dates, costs and application or registration procedures.


Who is running DIY 3:2005?

DIY is an initiative of the Live Art Advisory Network.  Artsadmin, the Live Art Development Agency and New Work Network have joined together to create the Live Art Advisory Network.  Together we are partners in CreativeCapital.  Visit and for more information.

For more information about our separate organisations visit our websites:,, and

DIY 3:2005 is financially supported by the Live Art Development Agency and Artsadmin.  Projects for South East artists are funded by Arts Council England, South East.


* What do we mean by London and the South East?

By London we mean: Greater London.  By the South East we mean: Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, West Sussex, and unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest, Brighton and Hove, Medway, Milton Keynes, Portsmouth, Reading, Slough, Southampton, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead, and Wokingham.



The partners of the Live Art Advisory Network and Arts Council England place a strong emphasis on equality of opportunity and access.  In order to help us monitor this commitment, please complete the following questions.  You must return these questions on a separate page with your application, which will not be eligible without it.

The questionnaire asks for statistical information only.  We will not use the information you provide here in assessment and will detach it from your application.

We have designed the questions on this form to help us analyse applications to the DIY 3:2005initiative and to be compatible with the information collected by Arts Council England.  We will share the data collected through this form with Arts Council England for monitoring purposes.  You should choose the answers which best describe you.


Cultural diversity

Please state what you consider to be or how you chose to define your ethnic origin (for example, Asian, British Asian, White European, Black Caribbean, British Chinese, etc)



The Disability Discrimination Act defines disability as a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on a person’s ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

Do you consider yourself to be a disabled person?



To which age group do you belong?

Below 20

20 – 29

30 – 39

40 – 49

50 – 59

Above 60


How do you describe your gender?

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