DIY 12: 2015

Deadline: Noon Thursday April 9th, 2015
Produced by: 
Sound and Music in partnership with Live Art Development Agency

4th June 2015 - DIY 12: 2015 – Selected composer announced

We're delighted to announce that Marcia Farquhar has been selected for DIY 12: 2015.

Marcia's work is in performance, installation, video and object-making is conceptual in nature. Much of her practice revolves around the stories and interactions of everyday life, as well as the engineering of unexpected social interactions in which the distance between audience and performer is frequently breached. Site-specific events have been staged and exhibited internationally in museums and galleries, as well as in cinemas, kitchen showrooms, pubs, parks and leisure centres. Among her not so recent works are the 30-hour live-in performance The Omnibus at the NRLA, Glasgow (2010) and The Horse is a Noble Animal (2010), at the Tatton Park Biennial, Cheshire. In 2012 her installation The Open University, a lecture theatre in a converted refuse skip, was installed on a street side in Whitechapel and by the seaside in Bournemouth. In 2013 Marcia performed at the Venice Biennale 55, at PSI Palo Alto California and at UCL, London, in her work, Flaxman Exchange. The associated artwork, a print called Ledger, was purchased by the Government Art Collection (UK). More recently she has appeared in her show Mind Your Heads, Lincoln, April 2014, and in an Arts Council supported solo show of a new performance, sculpture, audio and video work, Larger than Life, at Grand Union, Birmingham which ran from September - November 7th 2014. Most recently she performed Onions in the Plughole, as part of Andrea Luka Zimmerman’s Real Estates at Peer Gallery and introduced a screening of 12 Shooters (2007) at the Whitechapel Gallery.

13th March 2015 - DIY 12: 2015 – Call for Proposals 

Deadline for proposals: 12noon Thursday 9th April 2015

This DIY was a really powerful experience for me; the sensitivity and openness of the artists enabled us to have in depth discussions of a level that I have not had the opportunity to experience since my DIY10. Thank you LADA for encouraging these developmental events, which enable artists to really grow from working with each other in a supportive environment.

Geraldine Pilgrim, A World of Their Own, Lead Artist, DIY 11

This was an amazing experience and ultimately I feel spending a short and intensive period of time with these fellow artists has enriched my practice.

Harold Offeh, Lead Artist of Call + Response, DIY11

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. 

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. 

We are planning to support 20 DIY projects that will take place across the UK between July and November 2015. In a 50% increase on previous years each project in 2015 will receive £1,500 support. 

DIY projects may take any form, and can be loosely or rigorously focused on an idea or theme of your choosing. However, we also welcome proposals that specifically respond to one of the following themes. Six of the 20 DIY projects will be selected according to these opportunities:

1. Live Art and Restock Rethink Reflect

2. Live Art and Money

3. Live Art and Sound and Music 

4. Live Art and National Theatre Studio

5. Live Art and the Cultural Mix

6. Live Art and Collaboration

7. Live Art and Unlimited 

Please see the full Call for Proposals for more information on these specific opportunities. 

DIY 12 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with the following partners: Artsadmin (national),
Chelsea Theatre (London),
Colchester Arts
, Compass
Live Art
 (Yorkshire), Contact
, Create Ireland, Folkestone
hÅb (Manchester), Heart of Glass
(St Helens), Home Live Art (national),  Live at LICA (North
West), National Theatre Studio (London), Norwich Arts Centre, Sound and Music (national), STUN (Manchester), Unlimited (national), and Warrington Arts Festival

Projects will be specifically based in and/or stimulating and benefiting artists from the regions noted above. Projects may also be developed in collaboration with the DIY partner organisations in those regions.  

More information, including online application process, at: 

For more information on last year's LADA DIY project, read Johanna Linsley's blog on her eavesdropping workshop ‘Stolen Voices’

If you have any questions relating to this opportunity, please get in touch with Richard Whitelaw on or 020 7759 1809.



"Exhausting, Exhilarating & Affirming"  - participant in Kira O’Reilly’s Combating the Body, DIY10 2013 

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists. The Live Art Development Agency are planning to support a minimum of 23 DIY projects that will take place across the UK from July to November 2014. Each project will receive £1,000 support. 

DIY 11 is a Live Art Development Agency initiative developed in collaboration with the following partners: Artsadmin (national), Arts Pavillion Bournemouth, Bury Art Museum/Bury Sculpture Centre, Cambridge Junction, Chelsea Theatre (London), Colchester Arts Centre, Compass Live Art (Yorkshire), Contact Manchester, Create Ireland, Duckie (London), Folkestone Fringe, Forest Fringe (Scotland), hÅb (Manchester), KARST (Plymouth), Live at LICA (North West), National Theatre Studio (London), National Theatre Wales, Norwich Arts Centre, Platform (national), Sound and Music (national), STUN (Manchester) Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  



Last year Sound and Music supported two projects through the DIY programme:

  • Anja Kanngieser Tuning In Tuning Out - Conversations, tactics and practices for neuro-diversity and communication
  • Ansuman Biswas Farplayer - An exploration of sound in space, of chains, links and breaks, of transmission and reception, of listening and making. 

This year Sound and Music want to support a single DIY project which will focus on questions of sound, or music, or listening in relation to Live Art. We welcome broad and imaginative interpretations of these themes and also encourage applicants to explore innovative approaches to audiences’ experiences of sound-based work.  This DIY projects could take place anywhere in the UK. 

More information, including online application process see here

If you have specific questions about this call please contact Richard Whitelaw, Head of Programmes at Sound and Music

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