DIY 13: 2016 Call for Proposals

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists delivered by Live Art Development Agency.

Application deadline: noon, Tuesday 22 March with supported projects taking place between July and November 2016.  Visit the Live Art Development Agency website to apply.

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists.

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

We particularly welcome proposals led by or addressing ‘under represented’ artists and practices, and projects reflective of other “politicized” territories.

DIY projects may take any form and can be based anywhere. Each DIY project is placed with a partner organisation and this year’s partners are detailed below – if a partner organisation has a regional remit your DIY project will happen in that region, if it has a national remit it can happen anywhere. We particularly welcome DIY projects that are geared towards partners’ locations. Please make clear in your application your preferred location(s), although we do encourage flexibility in this matter. (Once we have selected the final projects we may ask some proposals to be relocated to ensure an even spread of projects across the country.)

As a DIY 13 partner we have created a specific brief for artists to respond to –

Live Art and Home Live Art (National)
Home Live Art’s work increasingly supports audience participation and exchange. Working primarily in public contexts such as festivals, family friendly events or large-scale participatory projects, Home Live Art is keen to explore this area of work further and breath new life into it. We are interested in working with an artist/s who wants to re-imagine, question or completely re-invent ideas around participation or public engagement. Artists do not have to have previous experience of working in this area, indeed, we are more interested in fresh, unconventional thinking, which might support or challenge this type of work. The Home Live Art DIY project will also include an opportunity to be part of our annual programme at the Latitude Festival in Sussex: The HLA Exchange. A programme of alternative public interactions which are definitely on the mischievous end of Live Art, The HLA Exchange is a useful opportunity to try out new approaches and ideas around public engagement in an open and laid back environment where pretty much anything goes!

An additional fee and expenses will be provided for participation at Latitude, 14-17 July. For further information and questions contact here.

Further information on the partner briefs and application process can be found on the Live Art Development Agency website.


Full list of partners and locations for DIY 13 –

Artsadmin (National), Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (South East), Chapter Arts Centre (Cardiff), Colchester Arts Centre (South East), Compass Live Art (Yorkshire), Create (Ireland), DaDaFest (Liverpool), Delfina Foundation (London), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone), Forest Fringe (National), hÅb (Manchester), Heart of Glass (St Helens, Merseyside), Home Live Art (National), KARST (Plymouth, Devon), Live Art Development Agency (National), Live Art Bistro (Leeds), Marlborough Theatre (Brighton), National Theatre New Work Department (London), Tate Early Years and Family Programme (London) and Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Yorkshire).