Our Call for Proposals to lead a project has now closed.
Deadline for proposals: 11 May 2009
Download a PDF version of these guidelines here.
Download a version of the Monitoring Form here.
DIY 6 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.
DIY 6 builds on the strengths of previous DIY schemes which have been rewarding experiences for project leaders, participants and organisers alike.
Reports on previous DIY schemes can be found at here.
DIY 6 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with Artsadmin (national), New Work Network (national) The Basement (South East), Colchester Arts Centre (East England), Nuffield Theatre & LANWest (North West), and PLATFORM (South West and national).
We want to hear from you if 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 DIY 6 professional development project then read on.
• We are planning to support nine DIY 6 projects across England with awards of £1,000 each.
• Of these nine projects there will be one each specifically based in, and/or stimulating and benefiting artists from, the North West, South East, and East England.
• In a special one off initiative for DIY 6 we are also seeking proposals to lead two DIY projects in collaboration with PLATFORM which will address and revolve around the issue of climate change and climate justice. Both these projects will contribute to the development of PLATFORM’s The Next 25, A Carbon Occupation (working title), a season of events, actions and discussions at Arnolfini, Bristol, that will take place in October and November 2009. One project should take place in the environs of Bristol, the other can be located anywhere. Both of these projects must take place during August and September, but if it is appropriate each project will be able to share its processes, actions and findings through public events at Arnolfini during PLATFORM’s season. The projects will take place in the context of COP 15 – the International Conference of the Parties On Climate Change, taking place in Copenhagen in December 2009, which forms the successor to Kyoto, and which will be the focus of massive global activism.
• All other DIY 6 projects must take place between 1 August and 30 September 2009.
Email versions of the guidelines can also be requested from [email protected]
Read reports on all previous DIY schemes here.
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 1 participant)
I’ve learnt more in these three days than in the past six months
(Casper Below, DIY 2 participant)
The workshops have refreshed my outlook and contexts for making and performing artwork
(Jenny Edbrooke, DIY 3 participant)
As a way of creatively engaging with others this was very different from anything I have experienced before.
(Sarah Bell, DIY 4 participant)
We were invigorated, perplexed, well fed, exhausted, annoyed, talkative, fit and sporty. We made some new friends and strengthened our relationships with the others we knew from before. We worked hard and had some fun. We wondered and wandered together. We considered resistance and hope and are left with more than enough food for thought.
(DIY 5 participants on First Retreat then Advance!!)
What sort of project can I propose for DIY 6?
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 projects, for example, covered practical and conceptual issues and took in city centre adventures; unexpected train journeys; rural retreats about art and activism; workshops about gut feelings and autobiologies; new approaches to networking, collaboration and documentation; experiments around the impact of time in art; treasure hunts; skills swap shops; live and wireless video; considerations of risk in performance; football leagues; dialogues around self and performance; personalising understandings of success; making the most of day jobs; unblocking and reinvigorating the creative spirit; camping trips; walking journeys; joke writing; and intimacy in performance.
In a special one off initiative for DIY 6 we are also seeking proposals to lead two DIY projects in collaboration with PLATFORM which will address and revolve around the issue of climate change and climate justice. Both these projects will contribute to the development of PLATFORM’s The Next 25, A Carbon Occupation (working title), a season of events, actions and discussions at Arnolfini, Bristol, that will take place in October and November 2009. One project should take place in the environs of Bristol, the other can be located anywhere. Both of these projects must take place during August and September, but if it is appropriate each project will be able to share its processes, actions and findings through public events at Arnolfini during PLATFORM’s season. The projects will take place in the context of COP 15 – the International Conference of the Parties On Climate Change, taking place in Copenhagen in December 2009, which forms the successor to Kyoto, and which will be the focus of massive global activism.
As part of all DIY proposals 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.
When would my DIY 6 project have to take place?
Your DIY 6 project must take place between 1 August and 30 September 2009.
Where could my DIY 6 project take place?
Of the nine DIY 6 projects we are planning to support there will be one each specifically based in, and/or stimulating and benefiting artists from, the North West, South East, and East England, in collaboration with the DIY partner organisations in those regions.
Of the two DIY 6 projects in collaboration with PLATFORM one must be specifically based in Bristol.
All other DIY 6 projects can take place anywhere in England.
How much are DIY 6 awards and how many projects will be supported?
We expect to support nine projects with awards of £1,000 each.
Who can propose DIY 6 projects?
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).
We welcome applications from artists who have previously run and/or participated in DIY projects.
How do I apply?
DIY encourages artists to self determine and run their own projects, however 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 please email or call:
• Lois Keidan or Andrew Mitchelson at the Live Art Development Agency (London and all regions). 020 7033 0275 [email protected] (please put DIY in subject line)
• Manick Govinda at Artsadmin (London and all regions). 020 7247 5102 [email protected]
• Anthony Roberts at Colchester Arts Centre (East England). 01206 500900.[email protected]
• Alice Booth at Nuffield Theatre (North West). 01524 592994. [email protected]
• Philippa Barr at New Work Network (London and all regions). 0207 539 9373.[email protected]
• Helen Medland at The Basement. 01273 699733. [email protected]
• Jane Trowell at PLATFORM (South West and all regions). 0207 403 3738.[email protected]
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
• details of which region your proposed project will take place in and why
• a description of your proposed project
• the project’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 and yourself
• 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.
To make sure that we are offering the best possible projects around the country, we sometimes ask artists to run a DIY project in a region other than the one they have conceived their project for. Please indicate if you are happy for your project to take place in a region other than the one you have nominated.
Ideally DIY 6 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. Supporting material might include full CV’s, and copies of reports, press clipping, and documentation of previous performances/events. If you plan to submit a video or dvd as supporting material please ensure that you clearly identify an appropriate short extract. If submitting slides, please supply no more than 10 standard 35mm slides. Details of web sites are also welcomed as supporting material. Supporting material should, ideally, be sent electronically (as per below) but can also be posted to Live Art Development Agency, Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES. We will only return supporting material if you also send a stamped self addressed envelope.
You must also complete the monitoring questions. Your application will not be eligible without the completed monitoring questions. A monitoring form is available to download here.
Applications, clearly marked DIY 6 in the subject line, should be emailed to [email protected]as a word attachment, a RTF document or a PDF. Please note we will only accept digital applications. We will not accept applications by post or fax. We will only consider applications received by the deadline.
Who will make the decision about which projects are funded and how will they decide?
Selections will be made by representatives of the Live Art Development Agency, Artsadmin and New Work Network for London and national projects; and by the Live Art Development Agency and representatives from Colchester Arts Centre (East England), Nuffield Theatre & LANWest (North West), The Basement (South East) and PLATFORM (South West and national).
• 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 and regions
• the viability of the proposal
• the ability of the applicant to achieve the stated aims of the proposal.
It is our intention to support a range of forms of projects through DIY 6 which together form a coherent national 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 selectors 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 the Live Art Development Agency.
What happens if my proposal is selected?
After the selection process, successful applicants will be invited to discuss their projects and plans with the Live Art Development Agency and/or relevant regional DIY 6 partner to 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. From these initial discussions a payment schedule and conditions of the award will be agreed.
DIY 6 projects will be publicised through the partners’ extensive e-lists and websites and all partners will disseminate information including details of individual projects, dates, costs and application or registration procedures through their regional contacts.
DIY 6 partners:
The Live Art Development Agency offers resources, professional development schemes and curatorial and publishing initiatives to support Live Art practices.
Artsadmin is a national resource offering advice and professional development for artists within in the areas of live and performance art, based in Toynbee Studios, London.
Colchester Arts Centre: Never knowingly understood.
The Nuffield Theatre Lancaster is a key UK venue for nurturing, presenting and commissioning artists working in experimental theatre, contemporary dance and live art.
The Basement is a dedicated innovative and experimental live art venue with a regular programme for presenting national and international performance.
PLATFORM combines art, research, campaigning and activism towards social and ecological justice.
New Work Network supports the development of new performance, live and interdisciplinary arts practices by nurturing arts practitioners through the creation of innovative professional development activities that focus on networking, exchange and collaboration across the UK and internationally.
The DIY 6 partners 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 6 initiative. You should choose the answers which best describe you.
A version of this form can be downloaded here and returned as with your submission as an attachment.
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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