Disability Arts Online : Open Call for submissions

Closing Date: 6 April 2020

Disability Arts Online

Location: Online - UK Based

Remuneration: Varies


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We’ve allocated £8,000 to a new commissions pot which disabled artists can apply to. You can be working in any art form. We can only accept applications from disabled artists based in the UK, though proposals with international collaborators, where a UK disabled artist is the lead are fine. There are three tiers of commissions:

Artist Presentations: Give a 30-minute artist talk from the comfort of your own home via Facebook Live and IGTV, then answer questions posted by viewers in the comments section for 15 minutes. Disability Arts Online will provide tech-support and a dry-run to get you up to speed. We will pay you a fee of £200 (up to 10 artists will be selected).

Day in the Life Articles: We are looking for a series of features that give an insight into the working life of an artist. Your feature could be more process-orientated and take us through a specific creative process. It could refer to a specific day but give an overview of your practice. It could be playful or profound, depending on what feels right to you. You could film or record your day and share aspects of it. How much you do or don’t talk about disability or impairment issues depends on whether or not it feels appropriate to share those with DAO’s audience. Commissioned artists providing a written article are encouraged to record an audio version to increase access. Video versions should include captions. £120 for written articles, £150 for videos (up to 10 artists will be selected).

Open commissions (£50 – £500): Pitch an idea for an online event, discussion, performance or exhibition – anything that can take place or be displayed online. These are open commissions so bring us your best ideas and let us know how much you think it’ll cost. Please consider audience access in your application (we will make additional funds available to cover these costs). Applications from partnerships or collectives are welcome.

To apply please email joe@disabilityartsonline.org.uk describing your idea, with a bit of background information about yourself. We absolutely welcome applications in multiple formats including audio, video etc.

For further information, please visit our website.