A collaborative initiative led by the Live Art Development Agency, the DIYseries presents opportunities for those working in live art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.

Previous projects have covered practical and conceptual issues and have included: ‘city centre adventures; unexpected train journeys; a 24 hour immersive experience; rural retreats about art and activism; workshops about gut feelings and autobiologies; new approaches to artistic research, networking, collaboration and documentation; experiments around the impact of time in art; treasure hunts; skills swap shops; live and wireless video; a 1,000 mile bike ride; considerations of risk in performance; football leagues; dialogues around self and performance; urban audio recording/listening; hypothetical proposal development; personalising understandings of success; making the most of day jobs; unblocking and reinvigorating the creative spirit; camping trips; walking journeys; joke writing; professional wrestling intensives; GPS lessons: live twitter writing and intimacy in performance’.

Project proposals for the ninth DIY will need to take place between 1 August and 31 October 2012. They can take any form, and there’s no minimum or maximum length within the given date range. Up to eleven projects will be selected and will each receive £1000 to cover artists’ fees and expenses.

There’s more (much more) information here about DIY and the application process, including a series of thematic ideas and opportunities applicants can optionally respond to in pitching their projects: ‘Live Art, oil sponsorship and the Arab Spring’, ‘Live Art and Cornwall’, ‘Live Art and Whitstable Biennale’, ‘Live Art and Freedom’, ‘Live Art and Yorkshire Sculpture Park’, and ‘Creating a space to fail’.

The deadline for proposals is noon on 14 May 2012.

John Ellingsworth

John Ellingsworth

John Ellingsworth is the Deputy Editor of Total Theatre Magazine. He also runs the online circus magazine Sideshow and trains non-performance corde lisse.

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