Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists across the UK.
DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.
DIY16 has a wide range of partner organisations from Manchester to Folkestone, St Helens to Suffolk, with a huge veriay of briefs including 3 DIYs that are supported by Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions initiative.
For 2019 we have increased the award to £1,600 – to allow for a £100 allocation in every budget for participant expenses – as a gesture of our commitment to making DIYs as accessible as possible
Our Call for Proposals is now closed.
Our Call for Participants is now closed.
The FAQ for DIY applicants has been updated for 2019. Please read it fully before submitting your application.
DIYs this year are supported by: Artsadmin (London), Artshouse (Jersey), BUZZCUT (Glasgow), Cambridge Junction (Cambridge), Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester), DaDa Fest (Liverpool), Dance4 (Nottingham), Heart of Glass (St Helens), Home Live Art (Hastings), HOME (Manchester) LADA (London), Live Art Bistro (Leeds), Live Art UK (national), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone), Lancaster Arts (Lancaster), Marlborough Pub & Theatre (Brighton), National Theatre (London), ]performance s p a c e[ (Folkestone), Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Aberdeenshire), Tate Liverpool (Liverpool), Whitstable Biennale (inviting proposals for Swale and Medway).
DIY understands that the development of a Live Art practice is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and past DIY projects have proved to be invaluable experiences for project leaders, participants and organisers alike. DIY supports exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development projects that offer something new and are geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.
DIY projects can take any form, can be based anywhere, and can be loosely or rigorously focused on a specific theme/content. We particularly encourage proposals from artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and disabled artists, and artists working in other underrepresented or politicised territories.
Each DIY project receives £1,600 to cover fees and all direct project costs including venue hire, travel, materials and hospitality. In 2019 we have increased the award to £1,600 to include a £100 allocation to help cover participant expenses.
The annual ‘DIY Picnic’, a final networking event for all participants, lead artists and DIY partners, will take place in London on Saturday 30 November 2019 following the completion of this year’s projects.
These are the projects included in this years DIY programme. Applications have now closed. Please sign up to our mailing list to be kept up to date about next years programme.
Parading for the right to be unfixed, letting surfaces slip and slide, transgressing horizons, bodies, identities and worldsRead more
A residential workshop for multi-racial performance people on an island in the English Channel.Read more
Two day experiment at performance production by shy people and performance writing by bad spellers.Read more
Learn to build and program wearable sensors for use in sound based live art.Read more
A playfully theatrical DIY for trans, intersex, non-binary and genderqueer artists exploring notions of realness through the desires of a wooden puppet to be “a real boy”.Read more
A weekend of dance and discussion for anyone interested in thinking about gender through dancing.Read more
Writing down and getting someone else to perform performances that can not or should not be written down and given to someone else to perform.Read more
Un-straightening, leaking and oozing towards queer entanglement, through an embodied practice of sweating.Read more
A two-day workshop on the art of sharing in collaborative encounters for artists in the North West.Read more
A weekend of intercultural grocery shopping, culinary adventures and sharing stories about ingredients, journeys, migration, nationality and material culture.Read more
Creating a connection practice based on karaoke and daydreaming and oversharing and shared chipsRead more
3 day immersive workshop, exploring the body, ancestral memory and the land. To liberate creative actions towards a Decolonised Future.Read more
Exploring artist responses to Jewishness and antisemitism by spending Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest) together.Read more
Are you feeling fed up and pissed off? Are you confused and overwhelmed? Are you isolated and unfulfilled? Are you ready to welcome ART into your life? THE CULT WELCOMES YOU.Read more
Reimagining Scale, Ambition and Access for Monsters in Performance, through the lens of Feminist Sci-FiRead more
Between climate breakdown, austerity and Brexit, the UK is facing its greatest political crisis in decades. What place is there for artists within the UK’s political institutions?Read more
Pack your cases, ready to embark on a Dark Romance of the ageing self, Exploring, releasing and adoring the inner GILFRead more
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From DIY15: How the Fuck..? lead by Katherine Araniello and Teresa Albor (picture by Alex Eisenberg)
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Unusual professional development projects conceived and run BY artists FOR artists
a performative writing retreat on commemoration and constructive forgettingRead more
A curious, performative invitation towards embodied practices of the Islamic faithRead more