The COVID-19 / coronavirus global pandemic has affected all forms of artistic practice, from live art and socially engaged approaches to object making and display. It has challenged both the practicalities of producing work, with many studios, workshops and materials suppliers closed, and how audiences encounter art, with physical distancing measures making accessing exhibitions and public events difficult, expensive, or impossible.
Adaptations is a development award to support moving existing professional art practices into new ways of working. Through this award, we want to help artists create sustainable practices that are adaptable to the shifting physical possibilities around public access and opportunities presented as a result. We are interested in the systematic changes possible in an artists’ practice.
Three Adaptations development awards of £3,000 each will support artists to research and experiment with new ways to make their work in light of ongoing legal and health restrictions. It will support new ways of working that continue to authentically reflect artists’ interests and themes across any media. It can also be used to explore new forms of public exhibition – both digital and, when safe, live – to ensure audiences can experience it meaningfully.
We encourage applications from artists who are from under-represented groups in the arts on the basis of gender, sexuality, disability, ethnic origin, socio-economic background, and maternity / paternity.
One award will be reserved for an artist based in London, with one awarded to an artist based elsewhere in England. The third award will be given to an artist based anywhere in England, either inside or outside of London. This is to recognise not only the difficult circumstances of artists outside of the capital, but also in light of anecdotal evidence of increased artist migration from London since March 2020, and we welcome applications from artists who have migrated to or from London since that time.
Deadline for Applications: 10am Monday 18 January 2021
Shortlisted applicants contacted for interview: Week Commencing 1 February
Online interviews: Week commencing 8 February
All applicants informed of results: By 26 February
Project period: 1 March – 4 June 2021
More information can be found here.