Call for proposals: DIY17: 2020

From DIY 2019: To The Ritual Knowledge Of Remembering // HIT THE GROUND led by Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson (image by Sara Lima)

*Revised* Deadline for applications: Thursday 9 April 2020, 12pm GMT

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.

2020 is the fourth year SSW have participated in the DIY network. Collectively we understand 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 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.

Throughout 2020 SSW is working on and through governance in many ways – participating in RESHAPE, collectively planning our BE-PART programme and navigating how we remake our own institutions’ governance models whilst existing within the old ones. We now invite proposals for DIYs that explore democracy and governance in the arts and ask: What can governance learn from Live Art?

“We’re more than politics, more than settled, more than democratic. We surround democracy’s false image in order to unsettle it. Every time it tries to enclose us in a decision, we’re undecided. Every time it tries to represent our will, we’re unwilling. Every time it tries to take root, we’re gone (because we’re already here, moving).” – Stefano Harney and Fred Moten, The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning & Black Study

“A truly queer, feminist, anti-racist, posthuman Board would dance a tango with Governance – resisting, releasing, evading, acquiescing, rejecting” – Jack Tan, artist and SSW Board member

Every selected proposal will receive a budget of £1600.

To support the proposal Scottish Sculpture Workshop will offer in-kind accommodation, studio space and access to facilities at SSW from 10 – 13 October. Any materials and consumables required for the project should be budgeted for by the lead artist.

Wherever possible, participant artists’ involvement in DIY projects should be free. Lead artists are encouraged to think about the needs of their participants when drawing up a budget, and many lead artists allocate some of their award budget to help with participant expenses. However, with projects taking place all over the country, and transport costs going up all the time, we are some way off being able to completely cover all the costs of taking part in a DIY.

We particularly welcome proposals led by or addressing underrepresented artists, practices identities and/or territories.

*revised deadline* The deadline for DIY17: 2020 proposals is Thursday 9 April 2020 at 12pm, GMT.

Applications must be submitted via the Live Art Development Agency website: here.

If you have any access requirements regarding submitting an application please send an email to Finn at the Live Art Development Agency.

Applicant guidelines and FAQ: here
Live Art Development Agency: here

If you have any questions which aren’t answered by the FAQ or you would like to discuss an idea before applying, please contact Finn: finn[at]thisisliveart.co.uk

For more information contact Programme and Communications Manager, Jenny Salmean on jenny[at]ssw.org.uk.

DIY partners 2020
Artsadmin (London), Artshouse Jersey (Jersey), Cambridge Junction (Cambridge), Chapter (Cardiff), Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester), Compass Live Art (Leeds), hÅb (Manchester), Fermyn Woods (Kettering), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone), Heart of Glass (St Helens), HOME Manchester (Manchester), ICA (London), Ideas Test (Kent), Metal Peterborough (Peterborough), Museum of London (London), National Theatre (London), Norwich Arts Centre (Norwich), Sick of the Fringe (London), Something To Aim For (London), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Aberdeenshire), The Place (Bedford), Wellcome Collection (London), LADA (London)

Funding information
This DIY forms part of BE PART, a large EU collaboration project which critically explores collaborative art-making and sharing through decentralised governance models involving local citizens, artists, partners and policy makers. We hope that the learning from this DIY will support the development of this programme.

Previous DIY projects at SSW include:
Edythe Woolley — SWEAT: the sky leaks I leak (2019)
Project O — How do we DEAL and how do we do better/do US? (2018)
Peter McMaster — Performing Landscape (2017)

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