Ongoing Opportunity

Professional development BY artists FOR artists

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run professional development projects for other artists.


About DIY

Most professional development schemes are conceived by 'arts professionals' and tend not to be geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts. We aim to promote ideas for exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development projects that offer something different.

The first DIY was run in 2002, and since 2007 has been a national initiative. In 2017 and 2018, an additional programme of DIY enhancements was supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation, enabling the participation of artist-led collectives as partners, follow-on funds for projects born in DIYs, and a number of more ambitious, better resourced projects.


DIY Artists on Video

For DIY 10 we invited some of the artists leading DIY projects in 2013 to reflect on their experiences and share their thoughts about the scheme. Featuring interviews with Barby Asante & Delaine Le Bas, Nigel Barret and Louise Mari, Hester Chillingworth and Lucy McCormick, Lois Keidan and Aaron Wright, Ursula Martinez, Jordan McKenzie and Joshua Sofaer. Made in collaboration with Video in Common. We have also made an extended version of the film (15 mins) which features full interviews with the artists. 


Previous DIY Projects

DIY 1: 2002

DIY 2: 2004

DIY 3: 2005

DIY 4: 2007

DIY 5: 2008

DIY 6: 2009

DIY 7: 2010

DIY 8: 2011

DIY 9: 2012

DIY 10: 2013

DIY 11: 2014

DIY 12: 2015

DIY 13: 2016

DIY 14: 2017

DIY 15: 2018