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METAL is excited to be partnering with LADA for #DIY2020

A series of professional development projects BY artists FOR artists

LADA invites artist proposals for DIY workshops as part of DIY 2020, with selected projects to take place between June and November 2020. Metal is delighted to be supporting and hosting one of the selected artists.

We plan to support 1 DIY in 2020 with project awards of £1,600.

For full details and how to apply click here

UPDATE – Deadline EXTENDED: Thursday 9th April 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the deadlinefor DIY 2020  has been extended by two weeks (new deadline:12noon, Thursday 9 April).

In these incredibly challenging times we encourage artists to think boldly and creatively about what a professional development workshop might look like in the context of social isolation/distancing. How might we support each other and continue to nurture artistic and professional development in these difficult times? 

Although by no means a requirement, we encourage artists to think about and respond to this ongoing global pandemic in their proposal.

Partner Brief: Metal Peterborough – Live Art and disability

Metal in Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) has a long history of running interdisciplinary artist LABs and residencies, and has built a strong track record of supporting disabled and LGBTQIA artists.  We are keen to receive DIY proposals from disabled artists with surprising and radical ideas for artistic enquiry.

The sharing of food is an important part of our practice, and shared lunch/dinner for all will be provided. The selected artist will be supported by Metal Associate Producer Kate Marsh, disabled artist-academic.

Metal is sited in a domestic setting in the city centre, with flexible rehearsal/making space and access to an outdoor garden. It is 45 minutes from Kings Cross by train.

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What is DIY?

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.

LADA understand that the development of a Live Art practice is as much about the exploration of ideas, methodologies and experiences as training in skills and techniques.

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 Live Art 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.

Over the past 17 years DIY projects have proved to be invaluable experiences for project leaders, participants and partner organisers alike.

We particularly welcome proposals led by or addressing underrepresented artists, practices, identities and/or territories. DIY projects may take any form and can be based anywhere in the UK. Each DIY project is placed with a partner organisation.

For full details and how to apply click here

Deadline Thursday 9th April 2020

Image Credit: From DIY 2019: ‘To The Ritual Knowledge Of Remembering // HIT THE GROUND’ led by Lateisha Davine Lovelace-Hanson. Image by Sara Lima.

Call out for Proposals: DIY 2020 – Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists.