The Space commissioning opportunity for diverse and/or accessible digital art

Closing Date: 25 July 2016

The Space

Location: National

Remuneration: Typical commissions £70,000



We commission and support work which delivers greater access to the arts using digital. We are interested in projects which capture great live performances, extend existing arts experiences using technology or are built with digital at the heart.

Our latest commissioning round is now open for applications.

The brief is available below, and you can apply online here .

The round is open to UK based arts/cultural organisations and artists, and the deadline for applications is Monday 25 July midday BST.

The focus of this commissioning round

In this commissioning round we are looking for projects that fall into one or more of three areas of interest:

• They use digital technologies, content and platforms to open up the arts to wider or more diverse audiences or which increase representation of different people, places, communities or points of view; and/or

• They are focused on dance or visual arts; and/or

• They are led by UK organisations or artists from outside London

Although we are particularly interested in dance or visual arts projects, proposals from organisations working in other art forms are also welcome if they meet one or more of the criteria outlined above.

To be eligible to apply you must be a UK-based arts/cultural organisation or artist aged 18 or over. Organisations can include museums and libraries if the proposal is primarily arts focused. We encourage individual artists to partner with a UK-based arts or cultural organisation.

We are looking to commission projects that can be published to an online audience between December 2016 and March 2018. In some circumstances we may be able to commission projects with an earlier live date.

The strands of work we commission

We want to get great arts experiences to more people. We commission arts projects which deepen the experience, extend the reach and enhance the quality of the arts using digital. There are 3 strands of work which we commission under.


Capture projects are those which digitally capture live arts performances, events, exhibitions or other experiences for wider distribution in order to increase audiences for existing work.


Extend projects are those which extend and deepen the audience experience of existing artists’ work, arts events or activities through digital media, platforms and technologies.

Create Digital

Create Digital encompasses new works which have digital at the heart of the creative process. They explore new forms of digital storytelling, interactivity and participation.

Read and download the brief and guidance notes here:

The Space – Commissioning Brief and Guidance (PDF 773KB)
The Space – Commissioning Brief and Guidance (DOCX 192KB)

Any disabled artists interested in working in 360-degree video capture, Virtual Reality or binaural sound should contact to discuss the prospect of partnering with Disability Arts Online for our commissioning proposal to the Space. 

If you have any queries about the Commissioning Round please email You can also call 0121 663 1860 and leave a message.  To be fair to everyone, and as we’re a small team, we are not able to answer questions on the content of your proposals, but we will do our best to answer any other questions you may have.