DIY 14: 2017

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists
The DIY 14: 2017 call for proposals is now open, including new initiatives for 2017 (see below). 

Application deadline: noon, Monday 13 March.
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.
We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project.
Past DIY projects have taken many forms: a silent retreat with noise music in Folkestone, a temporary biker gang in Cambridge, eavesdropping in Bournemouth, a workshop for assholes in Glasgow, skirt-raising in Newcastle, looking for missing black histories in London, an Elvis Presley pilgrimage in Porthcawl, exploring the potential of ‘inabilities’ in Colchester, armed resistance training for women in Norwich, and a lapdancing weekend in Birmingham.
Between them they have covered diverse subjects of investigation including chance, plagiarism, archives, the weather, participation, ageing, documentation, sex and children, victimhood, masculinity, race, regrets, autobiography, disability, gypsy culture, financial systems, safe spaces, David Bowie, fabulation, and much much more.
Selected projects will take place between July and November 2017. We plan to support at least 23 DIYs with project awards of £1,500 and 3 larger-scale DIY+ with project awards of £4,000 (please see specified brief below).

New for 2017

Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions initiative, supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, will facilitate three DIYs led by artists from culturally-diverse backgrounds. 

Thanks to the support of Jerwood Charitable Foundation, we are offering a series of DIY ‘enhancements’ in 2017:

  • DIY+: 3 larger-scale DIY projects with budgets of £4,000 each, designed to facilitate ambitious projects needing greater resources, and/or internationally-based artists to lead projects for the benefit of early-career practitioners
  • DIY Gateway: 3 opportunities for artist-led organisations and collectives to support DIYs with their knowledge and expertise as subsidised partner organisations. Gateway partners in 2017 are BUZZCUT, ]performance s p a c e[, and Steakhouse Live.
  • DIY Progression: 3 ‘follow-on’ funds, selected by invitation, to further develop projects born of DIYs.

Partners and briefs

Some DIY partners have written specific briefs for artists to respond to, which cover an exciting and diverse range of themes. Full details are on the website.
FAQs covering all aspects of the DIY application process is available on our website.

DIY 14’s partner organisations include Access All Areas (London), Agency for Agency (London), ARC Stockton (Stockton), Artsadmin (National), BUZZCUT (Glasgow), Colchester Arts Centre (Colchester), Create (Ireland), Culture Coventry/The Herbert (Coventry), Fierce Festival (Birmingham), Folkestone Fringe (Folkestone), Heart of Glass (St Helens), Iniva (National), Jersey Arts Trust (Jersey), Lancaster Arts (Lancaster), Live Art Development Agency (National), The Marlborough Pub & Theatre (Brighton), National Theatre (London), ]performance s p a c e[ (Folkestone), Scottish Sculpture Workshop (Aberdeenshire), Snape Maltings (Suffolk), Southbank Centre (London), SPILL Festival (Ipswich), Steakhouse Live (London), Wunderbar/NewBridge Project (Newcastle), Z-arts (Manchester).

A chance to bring a conversation into a wider context and enact it, not just talk about it. -  Katherine Araniello and Laura Dee Milnes, DIY lead artists, 2016