DIY 12: 2015

AND is delighted to be working in partnership with LADA for the fourth year running as part of it’s the DIY programme. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.

We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something new and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.

DIY 12 plans to support 20 projects that will take place across the UK between July and November 2015. In a 50% increase on previous years each project in 2015 will receive £1,500 support.

DIY projects may take any form, and can be loosely or rigorously focused on an idea or theme of your choosing. However, we also welcome proposals that specifically respond to one of the following themes. Six of the 20 DIY projects will be selected according to these opportunities:

1. Live Art and Restock Rethink Reflect
2. Live Art and Money
Live Art and Sound and Music
4. Live Art and National Theatre Studio
5. Live Art and the Cultural Mix
6. Live Art and Collaboration
7. Live Art and Unlimited

8. AND Festival, September 2015, Grizedale Forest
This year AND is inviting proposal that respond the festival context, as AND Festival makes a departure from urban spaces to explore the wilderness in Grizedale Forest in the heart of Cumbria. With a programme of commissions and events in the forest and online, that seek to make visible the many invisible connections, communications and systems that surround us. From plant signalling and communication to meshnets power by trees, prepare to come offline on and make new connections.  For further information and questions, contact Ruth McCullough (

Projects will be specifically based in and/or stimulating and benefiting artists from the regions noted above. Projects may also be developed in collaboration with the DIY partner organisations in those regions.

Deadline for proposals: 12noon Thursday 9th April 2015
Please see the full Call for Proposals for more information on these specific opportunities.
More information, including online application process, at:

DIY 12 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with the following partners: Artsadmin (national), Chelsea Theatre (London), Colchester Arts Centre, Compass Live Art (Yorkshire), Contact Manchester, Create Ireland, Folkestone Fringe, hÅb (Manchester), Heart of Glass (St Helens), Home Live Art (national), Live at LICA (North West), National Theatre Studio (London), Norwich Arts Centre, Sound and Music (national), STUN (Manchester), Unlimited (national), and Warrington Arts Festival.

This DIY was a really powerful experience for me; the sensitivity and openness of the artists enabled us to have in depth discussions of a level that I have not had the opportunity to experience since my DIY10. Thank you LADA for encouraging these developmental events, which enable artists to really grow from working with each other in a supportive environment.
Geraldine Pilgrim, A World of Their Own, Lead Artist, DIY 11

This was an amazing experience and ultimately I feel spending a short and intensive period of time with these fellow artists has enriched my practice.
Harold Offeh, Lead Artist of Call + Response, DIY11

Event info:

  • Thu 9th Apr 2015

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