DIY 5:2008 - call for participants

DIY 5 offers artists working in Live Art the opportunity to take part in a unique series of short training and professional development projects conceived and run BY artists FOR artists. DIY 5 projects are aimed at both emergent and experienced practitioners. DIY 5 is taking place across England and we are offering 11 projects during August and September 2008 in collaboration with our partners. DIY 5 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with Arnolfini and Theatre Bristol; Artsadmin; Colchester Arts Centre; Fierce Earth, North East; New Work Network and China Plate; and Nuffield Theatre and LANWest.

The DIY 5 programmes take many forms from train journeys, treasure hunts and football matches, to workshops and group meetings. And between them cover areas of exploration from autobiography, through to online performance (just to name a few).

Applications are now open for artists who would like to participate in DIY 5 projects.

Short descriptions about all the DIY 5 projects are below. Visit the Live Art Development Agency website for full details of all the projects and information about how to apply: visit the Live Art Development Agency website

Deadline for applications to take part in all DIY projects: Mon 21 Jul 2008.

A workshop exploring the connections between the body and the mind, biology and biography, drawing on participants‘ "gut feelings" and generating autobiographical material "straight from the heart"
Led by Curious
Mon 6 to Fri 10 Oct 2008
Toynbee Studios, London

Open Space
A weekend escape to the Clent Hills for artists working in live art from the West Midlands conurbation. A chance to play in the great outdoors, and to explore how our city-based practices fare when set free in an “open space” without walls
Led by Katie Day, Artistic Director of The Other Way Works
Sat 9 and Sun 10 Aug 2008
The Clent Hills, just outside Birmingham, West Midlands

Hunting for Treasure
Finding new ways to make participatory site-specific work and engage audiences in fun and playful ways
Led by Yara El-Sherbini
Mon 1 Sep to Fri 5 Sep 2008 (three days to be confirmed)
Newcastle (venue tbc)

The Living Room Project
Spend an intensive weekend with The Living Room Project. A chance for 8 artists to reflect on their own practice through the use of a bespoke 'tool-kit'
Led by Sheila Ghelani and Caitlin Newton Broad
Fri 8 Aug, Sat 9 Aug, and Sun 10 Aug 2008
Three living rooms across London

HE SAID Football League
Join HE SAID’s football league! Discover new things about your practice, meet artists and have a good old critical debate in a non-pressured, alternative way
Led by HE SAID Talent Agency
Sat 16 Aug 2008
Colchester Castle Park

Avatartist 2.0
A three-day artists' workshop in Second Life®, the 3D virtual world imagined and created by its over 14 million residents
Led by Stephen Hodge
Mon 15, Tue 16 and Wed 17 Sep 2008
Exeter (venue tbc), South West

Archive Y’self to Pieces
A chance for artists to become obsessively self-referential archivists of their own practice and outputs
Led by Richard Layzell
Sat 13, Sat 20 and Sat 27 Sep 2008
London (venue tbc)

All Change!
Artists, reawaken your wanderlust! Here begins a holy-cow-of-an-adventure! Through a series of physical, artistic and emotional journeys, artists will encounter the ride of a lifetime
Led by Stacy Makishi
Friday 8, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 August and concluding train journey Sat 23 Aug 2008
Toynbee Studios, London and mystery destination

Please keep your luggage with you at all times
A weekend looking at the role of the suitcase in live art and ways to explore this iconic symbol in performance-including a day for individual adventures
Led by Geraldine Pilgrim
Sat 20 Sep and Sun 21 Sep 2008
London (venue tbc)

First Retreat then Advance!!
A four-day cultural activist intervention into Liverpool08, Capitalism of Culture with The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home
Led by twoaddthree
Thu 11 and Fri 12 Sep 2008, Retreat at The Institute for the Art and Practice of Dissent at Home, Liverpool;
Sat 20 Sep 2008, Advance in Liverpool; and
Sun21 Sep 2008, Show and Tell at Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster.

Things to Make and Do (part one): urban beach-combing
I like constructing things out of old boxes, knitting my own clothes, making my own books and merchandise. If you do too let’s meet up
Led by Matthew Robins
Mon 11 to Thu 14 Aug 2008 (three days to be agreed within this period).
London (venue tbc)

Full details for all projects, links for further information, and project lists by date and region are available here.
DIY 5:2008

What: DIY 5:2008 - call for participants
Further Details:
- Visit the Live Art Development Agency website
Deadline: Mon 21 Jul 2008