DIY 15: 2018 – Call for Proposals

Image: From DIY14: Water Bodies, led by Zoe Czavda Redo, Tuuli Malla, Xavier Velastin (image: Rosie Lonsdale)

DIY 15: 2018

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists.

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.

For the second year SSW is participating in the DIY network which supports professional development projects by artists for artists across the UK. Selected projects will take place between July and November 2018. The DIY network plans to support 25 DIYs in 2018 with project awards of £1,500 each.

This year DIY is also launching a new ‘top-up fund’ to help lead artists cover participant expenses.

The DIY 15: 2018 open call for applications is a network wide call. DIYs can be about anything, but some partner organisations have created a series of briefs to offer creative stimuli.

For full details on the DIY 15: 2018 open call and list of partner briefs please visit DIY lead partner Live Art Development’s site HERE

Live Art and Scottish Sculpture Workshop 2018 Brief:

SSW is a ‘thinking and making’ facility based within the rural village of Lumsden, North East Scotland. Through artistic experimentation, collaboration and the sharing of ideas, tools and skills SSW empowers artists to make. Our remote site encompasses a foundry, wood, metal, ceramic workshops, and a sauna as well as a large open plan studio space, library and self-catering accommodation with a large communal kitchen. Our 2018 programme explores notions of how we live together and we encourage DIY applications that also respond to this. We hope this provides a framework for: listening and paying attention, collectivity that addresses difference and solidarity, exploring entangled relationships and critiquing who the ‘we’ are.

Due to our summer residency programmes we can only offer space and accommodation on site from 16th – 22nd July but we are also happy for applications that explore these themes either remotely or digitally.


Deadline for applications: 22 March 2018, 12noon.

To apply: Application is via DIY lead partner Live Art Development’s site HERE

For more information or if you have access or childcare needs, please contact yvonne[at]ssw.org.uk

Previous SSW DIY projects:
Facilitating this retreat was an incredibly stimulating and enriching experience. I think it had some of the most profound learning of my journey as an artist so far. 

Peter McMaster, DIY lead artist, 2017

In 2017 SSW facilitated Peter McMaster’s project Performing Landscapes; a 4-day retreat, exploring eco-centric approaches to performance making. To read more about this project visit Performing Landscapes

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