Reignite: Artist Development Fund

Reignite: Artist Development Fund

Home Live Art are now accepting applications for a new development fund offering a budget of £4,500 to support four artists to develop their practice with fellow creative practitioners.

There is no expectation of a final or fixed outcome, this fund is about supporting collaboration and allowing space for artists to try new things out and take risks.

To be eligible artists must have a performance practice and should live, work and/or have performed in the Hastings and Rother region of East Sussex within the last four years. 

Application deadline: 10 December 2021 (midnight)

The Offer

Working with the Home Live Art, four artists will receive a £4,500 budget to create their own bespoke artist residency which must include a collaboration with at least one fellow creative practitioner.  

The residency can happen in a location decided by the artist, online or a mixture of the two. 

Who you choose to work with will depend on what you wish to develop within your practice

The Creative Practitioner(s)

  • Can be from any artistic discipline including but not limited to costume, stage, light, sound design or they could be an expert in directing, video-making, dramaturgy or choreography
  • Must be a freelance worker (organisations are not eligible) and be based in the UK
  • Can be an existing collaborator, or a new one
  • You can know who you wish to work with when applying or Home Live Art can support you to find the right person
  • You can work together either in-person or remotely
  • You can work with more than one Creative Practitioner depending on your residency needs and what is a possible within your budget

The Budget

You will be asked to provide a budget outline in your application which should include:

  • Appropriate fees for Artists and the creative practitioner(s) involved
  • Any additional costs to make the residency happen (eg space hire, materials, travel, accommodation)

Payment process: HLA will pay the fees and expenses directly to the Creative Practitioner and the Artist on receipt of an invoice. Payment timeline to be agreed together with HLA before the residency begins. 

Who can apply?

Reignite is for artists with a performance practice working experimentally within but not limited to the following disciplines: performance art, theatre, dance, cabaret, performance installation and/or participatory and socially engaged practice. 

Home Live Art is an organisation that supports Live Art – a contemporary, broad and experimental area of practice based in the live moment. Therefore please note that circus artists, playwrights, composers, sound artists and those working with traditional art forms are unlikely to be supported.

Applicants must live, work or have performed in Hastings and Rother within the last four years and be based in the UK.*

The following applicants are not eligible for the Reignite Bursary: Anyone who is in full-time formal education during the period covered (Jan  – March 2022)

*Please note: We have changed the call-out to also include those that work and live in the area as as we appreciate that performance opportunities have been severely limited here during the pandemic.

Artist Requirements 

  • Pre-residency the artist is to provide an image and copy (max 300 words) for the HLA website explaining their work and the residency aims and objectives 
  • Artists will be required to take part in one public discussion hosted by HLA exploring the themes and ideas of the residency at a mutually agreed time between Jan-April April 2022. This can be online or in person. 
  • An online feedback form provided by HLA must be completed by each individual collaborator before the final payment is released 
  • Post-residency the artist is to provide at least one image of the activities alongside a written or recorded reflection on the process and outcomes of the project.  


There is an access budget of up to £300 available if your application is selected and you have any additional costs for your residency. This money can be used for a variety of costs including transport, childcare or to cover the cost of a personal assistant.

Please let us know any access costs in the online application


Applications open: 1 November 2021
Applications close: 10 December 2021 (midnight)
Selection Process: Throughout December 2021
All artists will be notified by: 21 December 2021

Residency period: All Reignite activities must take place between January- March 2022 

Application Process 

Apply via online form

If you would prefer to respond to our forms by video or audio recording, please email your responses to Tim at

You can also get in touch with Tim if you have any questions about the application process or require more details about Reignite.

As a small organisation we are unfortunately unable to provide feedback on your application, we understand this is not ideal but we just do not have the capacity to be able to do this at present. 

Why is this funding only for artists who have connections with Hastings and Rother?

Hastings and Rother is where Home Live Art is based and where a vast majority of our activities take place.

This call-out aims to seek out, support and champion artists with local connections who may have suffered income loss and isolation due to Covid – especially in Hastings and Rother, one of the most deprived areas in the country.

It will also build on and develop existing audience relationships with artists who have a radical performance practice. As one of the few organisations in the region whose core aim is to support Live Art, this is very important to us.

The funding is a public call-out because we felt this was a fair way to include all eligible artists who have a connection with the town.

If you have any questions or comments about any of this, please contact Katy on

Reignite is funded by Arts Council England

Image credit: Catherine Hoffmann, Andre Verissimo & Ernst Fischer performing ‘Soup Opera’ at Knotty Festival 2019, Folkestone. Image taken by Manual Vason


  • When Deadline: 10 December 2020

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