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DIY: 2007 – Call For Participants

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists across the UK  Information for all projects and applicants

Our Call for Participants is now closed.

More info about DIY.

More info about DIY 4: 2007.

Daniel Gosling – Places we’ve never been
Lucille Power – From Life-Change to Dream-Space
Rajni Shah – What’s missing?
Holly Darton – Reworking the ‘day job’
Yara El-Sherbini – Are you havin’ a laugh? 
Barbara Campbell – Writing for 1001 nights cast

South East
Orion Maxted and Al Paldrok – ‘Survival’
Stacy Makishi – Creative Sauce Investigation – CSI, South East

West Midlands
Yara El-Sherbini – Are you havin’ a laugh? Birmingham

North West
Neil Callaghan and Simone Kenyon – Unknown Terra-tories
FrenchMottershead – Live Art Campers!

East Midlands
Sam Rose – The Performance of Intimacy

Sohail Khan – Real and Unreal Presences

Requesting further information

The lead artists are happy to respond to questions about their DIY projects. If something is not clear or if you would like further information (eg about dates and the time you will need to commit) then email the lead artist. In each project description the email of the lead artist is listed under the heading ‘Any Questions’. Please make sure you put ‘DIY 4’ in the subject line.


Who can apply?

DIY is a scheme for artists working in Live Art. However, many of the DIY projects are relevant to aritsts who are interested in Live Art but may not have an extensive track-record of Live Art practice. In each case read the project description closely to understand if there is a specific ‘target’ of participants (eg emergent artists, or artists who also have a paid ‘day job’).

Each project will prioritise artists from within the region in which it is based. For example the FrenchMottershead project in East England will give priority to artists living and/or working in East England. However, other artists are not excluded from requesting a place on the project. Past experience tells us that there are generally places available for all artists who want to take part. Therefore we strongly recommend that if you are interested in taking part in a project – even if it is not taking place in the region in which you live – then you should make a submission.

Deadline and notification

Each DIY project has one of three deadlines – 30 April, 21 May, or 11 June 2007. You should therefore check the project description carefully to ascertain the deadline for the project you are interested in.

Each project has slightly different selection methods – most often you will be asked to submit a cv or biography and a short statement. You should check each project description carefully to work out what is required for your submission. If in doubt email the lead artist as early as possible with a question to clarify what is required.

Each lead artist will respond to your submission and let you know if you have been accepted to participate. They will usually do this within a week of the deadline. Sometimes they will request further information to help them work if the project is right for you.

The deadline is the final date for submission. We encourage you however to make your submission at any time leading up to the deadline.

How does DIY cost?

Generally DIY projects are free to take part in, however, for some projects you will be asked to contribute to the cost of food and other direct expenses. Mostly you will also be asked to cover your own travel costs to and from the place where the project is taking place. In one case this year you will be paid for taking part and contributing to DIY.

Where relevant, details of costs are mentioned in the project descriptions, however, if you are in doubt email the lead artist to check.

Access requirements

Unfortunately, some projects are taking place in remote locations or require certain levels of physical fitness. If you have access requirements please contact the lead artist to discuss the suitability of the project.

DIY 4 is a collaboration between the Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin, and New Work Network, and is being developed with Nuffield Theatre/LANWest, New Work Yorkshire, Fierce Festival, Colchester Arts Centre, The Basement Arts Production South East, and Dance4. DIY 4 is part of Joining the Dots, a Live Art Development Agency initiative supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

Applications are now closed.

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