Our Call for Participants is now closed.
DIY 5 offers artists working in Live Art the opportunity to take part in a unique series of short training and professional development projects conceived and run BY artists FOR artists. DIY 5 projects are aimed at both emergent and experienced practitioners. DIY 5 is taking place across England and we are offering 11 projects during August and September 2008 in collaboration with our partners.
The DIY 5 programmes take many forms from train journeys, treasure hunts and football matches, to workshops and group meetings. And between them cover areas of exploration from autobiography, through to online performance (just to name a few).
DIY 5: 2008 is now complete and this page is for archive reference. Find the DIY 5 Report here.
Applications are now closed.
A workshop that dazzled, energised, rocked me, changed me, made me a better artist and a better person. A fantastic, friendly atmosphere that allowed each of us to be trusting, generous, original and sharing.
(Chloe Dechery, DIY participant)
Deadline for all projects Monday 21 July 2008
A workshop exploring the connections between the body and the mind, biology and biography, drawing on participants‘ “gut feelings” and generating autobiographical material “straight from the heart”
Led by Curious
Monday 6 to Friday 10 October 2008
Toynbee Studios, London
A weekend escape to the Clent Hills for artists working in live art from the West Midlands conurbation. A chance to play in the great outdoors, and to explore how our city-based practices fare when set free in an “open space” without walls
Led by Katie Day, Artistic Director of The Other Way Works
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August 2008
The Clent Hills, just outside Birmingham, West Midlands
Finding new ways to make participatory site-specific work and engage audiences in fun and playful ways
Led by Yara El-Sherbini
Sunday 31 August to Tuesday 2 September 2008
Spend an intensive weekend with The Living Room Project. A chance for 8 artists to reflect on their own practice through the use of a bespoke ‘tool-kit’
Led by Sheila Ghelani and Caitlin Newton Broad
Friday 8 August, Saturday 9 August, and Sunday 10 August 2008
Three living rooms across London
Join HE SAID’s football league! Discover new things about your practice, meet artists and have a good old critical debate in a non-pressured, alternative way
Led by HE SAID Talent Agency
Saturday 27 September 2008
Colchester Castle Park
A three-day artists’ workshop in Second Life®, the 3D virtual world imagined and created by its over 14 million residents
Led by Stephen Hodge
Monday 15, Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 September 2008
Exeter (venue tbc), South West
A chance for artists to become obsessively self-referential archivists of their own practice and outputs
Led by Richard Layzell
Saturday 13, Saturday 20 and Saturday 27 September 2008
London (venue tbc)
Artists, reawaken your wanderlust! Here begins a holy-cow-of-an-adventure! Through a series of physical, artistic and emotional journeys, artists will encounter the ride of a lifetime
Led by Stacy Makishi
Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 August and concluding train journey Saturday 23 August 2008
Toynbee Studios, London and mystery destination
A weekend looking at the role of the suitcase in live art and ways to explore this iconic symbol in performance-including a day for individual adventures
Led by Geraldine Pilgrim
Saturday 20 September and Sunday 21 September 2008
London (venue tbc)
A four-day cultural activist intervention into Liverpool08, Capitalism of Culture with The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home
Led by twoaddthree
Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September 2008, Retreat at The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, Liverpool;
Saturday 20 September 2008, Advance in Liverpool; and
Sunday 21 September 2008, Show and Tell at Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster.
I like constructing things out of old boxes, knitting my own clothes, making my own books and merchandise. If you do too let’s meet up
Led by Matthew Robins
Monday 11 to Thursday 14 August 2008 (three days to be agreed within this period).
London (venue tbc)
As well as the full details about each project there is also general information and answers to frequently asked questions for all applicants and projects.
I’ve learnt more in these three days than in the past six months. (Casper Below, DIY participant)
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 participant)
DIY 5 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with Arnolfini and Theatre Bristol; Artsadmin; Colchester Arts Centre; Fierce Earth, North East; New Work Network and China Plate; and Nuffield Theatre and LANWest.
Unusual professional development projects conceived and run BY artists FOR artists
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 JerseyRead more
A weekend by the sea side exploring the very British obsession with privacyRead more
It’s about sex. Sex as education. Sex re-education.Read more
A self-reflective workshop on the play of narcissism in creativityRead more