DIY16: 2019

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists across the UK.

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

DIY16 has a wide range of partner organisations from Manchester to Folkestone, St Helens to Suffolk, with a huge veriay of briefs includong 3 DIYs that are supported by Live Art UK’s Diverse Actions initiative.

For 2019 we have increased the award to £1,600 - to allow for a £100 allocation in every budget for participant expenses - as a gesture of our commitment to making DIYs as accessible as possible

Our Call for Proposals is now closed.

Our Call for Participants is now open, with a deadline of 2pm, Thursday 20 June 2019

The FAQ for DIY applicants has been updated for 2019. Please read it fully before submitting your application.

DIYs this year are supported by: 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), Tate Liverpool (Liverpool), Whitstable Biennale (inviting proposals for Swale and Medway).

About DIY

DIY understands that the development of a Live Art practice is as much about the exploration of ideas and experiences as training in skills and techniques, and past DIY projects have proved to be invaluable experiences for project leaders, participants and organisers alike. DIY supports exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development projects that offer something new and are geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts.

DIY projects can take any form, can be based anywhere, and can be loosely or rigorously focused on a specific theme/content. We particularly encourage proposals from artists from culturally diverse backgrounds and disabled artists, and artists working in other underrepresented or politicised territories.

Each DIY project receives £1,600 to cover fees and all direct project costs including venue hire, travel, materials and hospitality. In 2019 we have increased the award to £1,600 to include a £100 allocation to help cover participant expenses.

The annual ‘DIY Picnic’, a final networking event for all participants, lead artists and DIY partners, will take place in London on Saturday 30 November 2019 following the completion of this year’s projects.