DIY 16: 2019

Group with mirrorsPhoto: DIY15: Art & the Self: What did Narcissus see? Led by Nando Messias (image by Holly Revell)

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 19 March, 12 noon

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.

2019 is the third 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.

SSW are particularly interested in proposals that respond to the following brief:

As artists’ labour and practice is increasingly harnessed for wider society’s wellbeing, we look to focus DIY proposals on artists’ wellbeing. We call out for playful and poignant proposals which foreground your #wellness and #bliss.

Previous DIY projects supported by SSW include:
Project O — How do we DEAL and how do we do better/do US? (2018)
Peter McMaster — Performing Landscape (2017)



We are seeking proposals from artists based throughout the UK but advise that the call for participants should be open to Scotland-based artists only in order to support participant travel.

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

DIYs can be about anything you want, but SSW, along with some other DIY partners have written specific briefs for artists to respond to, which cover an exciting and diverse range of themes with opportunities for Trans, non-binary and intersex artists, D/deaf and disabled artists and many others.

DIY16 will also include three DIYs supported by Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions initiative, specifically supporting artists of colour.


In addition to the DIY budget of £1600, we offer simple self-catered accommodation for the lead artist(s) and participants on site at SSW.

DIY activity at SSW must take place within either of the following dates:

Tues 16 July — Fri 26 July 2019

Fri 11 October — Mon 14 October 2019

How to apply

The deadline for DIY 16: 2019 applications is Tuesday 19 March 2019 at 12 noon.

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

Applicant guidelines and FAQs: 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.


DIY partners 2019: 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), Snape Maltings (Suffolk), Tate Liverpool (Liverpool), Whitstable Biennale (in Ebbsfleet).

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