DIY 6 - Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists

DIY 6 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. DIY 6 builds on the strengths of previous DIY schemes which have been rewarding experiences for project leaders, participants and organisers alike.

DIY 6 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with Artsadmin (national), New Work Network (national) The Basement (South East), Colchester Arts Centre (East England), Nuffield Theatre & LANWest (North West), and PLATFORM (South West and national).

We want to hear from you if have an idea for an exciting, innovative and idiosyncratic Live Art professional development project that offers something new and is geared to the eclectic and often unusual needs of artists whose practices are grounded in challenging and unconventional approaches, forms and concepts. If you think you can initiate and run a DIY 6 professional development project then read the full application guidelines on the Live Art Development Agency website. Email versions of the guidelines can also be requested from

• The Live Art Devpt Agency are planning to support nine DIY 6 projects across England with awards of £1,000 each.

• Of these nine projects there will be one each specifically based in, and/or stimulating and benefiting artists from, the North West, South East, and East England. In a special one off initiative for DIY 6 we are also seeking proposals to lead two DIY projects in collaboration with PLATFORM which will address and revolve around the issue of climate change and climate justice, one of which must take place in Bristol. All other DIY 6 projects can take place anywhere in England.

• All DIY 6 projects must take place between 1 August and 30 September 2009.

I believe 'DIY for artists' is a really productive form of training, as it is so specifically tailored to what I need. I've been on many training courses before but none that felt so relevant to me. To carry on the tailoring analogy - it's the difference between a bespoke suit and an off the peg outfit!! (Clare Thornton, DIY 1 participant)

I’ve learnt more in these three days than in the past six months. (Casper Below, DIY 2 participant)

The workshops have refreshed my outlook and contexts for making and performing artwork. (Jenny Edbrooke, DIY 3 participant)

As a way of creatively engaging with others this was very different from anything I have experienced before. (Sarah Bell, DIY 4 participant)

We were invigorated, perplexed, well fed, exhausted, annoyed, talkative, fit and sporty. We made some new friends and strengthened our relationships with the others we knew from before. We worked hard and had some fun. We wondered and wandered together. We considered resistance and hope and are left with more than enough food for thought. (DIY 5 participants on First Retreat then Advance!!)

Reports on all previous DIY schemes found on the Live Art Development Agency website.

Deadline for proposals: Mon 11 May 2009

DIY 6 partners:

The Live Art Development Agency website
The Live Art Development Agency offers resources, professional development schemes and curatorial and publishing initiatives to support Live Art practices

Artsadmin is a national resource offering advice and professional
development for artists within in the areas of live and performance art, based in Toynbee Studios, London.

Colchester Arts Centre
Colchester Arts Centre: Never knowingly understood

Nuffield Theatre
The Nuffield Theatre Lancaster is a key UK venue for nurturing, presenting and commissioning artists working in experimental theatre, contemporary dance and live art.

The Basement
The Basement is a dedicated innovative and experimental live art venue with a regular programme for presenting national and international performance.

PLATFORM combines art, research, campaigning and activism towards social and ecological justice.

New Work Network
New Work Network supports the development of new performance, live and interdisciplinary arts practices by nurturing arts practitioners through the creation of innovative professional development activities that focus on networking, exchange and collaboration across the UK and internationally.

What: DIY 6 - Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists
When: 1 Aug - 30 Sep 2009
Further Details:
-Visit the Live Art Development Agency website
Deadline: Mon 11 May 2009