Call-outs and commissions for organisations and individuals in the cultural sector

    Surge Cabaret

    Surge Cabaret is looking for cabaret acts that can interact with the audience in Zoom in some way

    Dwell Time

    An open call for art, writing and poetry reflecting on mental wellbeing in the COVID-19 pandemic

    Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award

    Support to professional woman photographers to complete a documentary photo essay which addresses an important social, environmental, economic or cultural issue, whether local or global.

    The Imperfect Orchestra

    Mayflower 400 Community Soarks Programme: ‘You Are Welcome Here’ aims to develop international and cultural inclusivity within The Imperfect Orchestra and the wider music community in Plymouth.

    Unity Through Sport

    In association with Spirit of Mayflower, Unity Through Sport invites people to take up the challenge of doing 400 miles in 66 days in the Mayflower 400 Mile Challenge.

    Moving Pictures Theatre

    Moving Pictures Theatre – From Home is calling for 3min videos of stories and feelings responding to the theme of home to be part of the Brighton Digital Festival.

    Plymouth University

    Plymouth University – iLEAD is a new 12-month development programme for leaders in Plymouth. It will create and embed an ecosystem of talent that will challenge conventional wisdom and shape and grow social and economic prosperity.

    Deadline: 18.09.2020

    SeaChange Arts

    SeaChange Arts- The Drill House Artist Residencies for artists that work in outdoor arts and circus, but also those that work in other disciplines who are keen to work collaboratively with or extend their practice into these art forms.

    Canadian Film Centre

    Call for UK and Canadian creatives and producers to become future leaders in immersive storytelling backed by funding support.

    C21 Media

    C21 Drama Series Script Competition – is looking for pilots for a one-hour drama series from fresh writers who have the credentials to create a primetime series.

    Deadline: 30.09.20

    The Sony World Photography Awards

    The Sony World Photography Awards – open to all photographers operating in the photographic industry across the world.

    Deadline: 14.01.21

    Wysing Arts Centre

    Artistic residencies whose work will put broadcasting at the centre of the artistic programme to connect with remote and physically distant audiences.

    Deadline: 12/2020

    Oxford Contemporary Music

    Oxford Contemporary Music – OCM is now accepting applications for Boom 2020/21, an annual professional development scheme for music / sound artists / musicians and producers who are interested in creating and presenting inspiring contemporary music or sound based work outside of the concert hall and gallery.

    Deadline: 21.09.2020

    Poplar Union

    Open call for a second round of commissions to contribute to a winter edition of Outside In Arts Festival.

    Deadline: 21.09.2020

    Festival UK*2022

    Is inviting Creative Teams (made up of organisations and individuals from across the STEAM sectors) to apply to take part in a paid R&D project to create compelling, ambitious and jaw-dropping public engagement acts on a global-scale.

    Deadline: 16.10.2020

    Bill's Attic

    Through the months of September  October and November 2020 is offering  free residency space in Bill’s Attic to individual artists, or a group of artists/ company who can demonstrate that they can work together while adhering to social distancing regulations, for a maximum period of 4 days.


    Unlimited’s main aim is to commission disabled artists and companies to make exceptional work. For this next round, Unlimited has over half a million pounds available for Main Commissions, Research and Development awards and Emerging Artists awards.

    Deadline: 27.10.2020


    The below opportunities have now closed.


    Creative Industries Federation are surveying the sector to lobby for more support for the self-employed

    Scenes for Survival

    Actors, writers and directors will be engaged and paid to create short pieces of digital theatre remotely from their personal spaces of isolation.

    Disability Art Online

    £8,000 was allocated to a new commissions pot which disabled artists can apply to

    Commission opportunity

    The Box has four music commissions of £500 each as part of our response to the ongoing health crisis called ‘A week in the life of a locked down musician’


    Seeking an experienced professional to lead on the development of digital and online aspects of Fotonow community project work

    Milton Keynes Arts Centre

    Commissioning fun and engaging creative learning content for their website.

    Keepmoat Homes Public Art Commission

    Artists are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for a public art commission in Ebbsfleet Garden City. 

    Commission opportunity

    The Box is inviting local/regional artists to apply for 20 micro-commissions of £500 to produce a new piece of work that explores the impact of the ongoing health situation. Apply by 25 May.

    Swan Films

    Grayson Perry’s Channel 4 show will be featuring works sent to Swan Films.

    Creative England

    Get free mentoring to turn your immersive tech idea into a successful business with Creative England’s Ideate Plymouth project

    Commission opportunity

    The Real Ideas Organisation is seeking a Creative Professional to deliver online content to young people in Cornwall

    Commission opportunity

    Opera North’s new ‘Lockdown Edition’ of its successful Resonance programme is open for applications now

    The Space

    Commissioning opportunities including BBC Culture in Quaratine


    Series of new commissions inviting theatre and live art makers to create new works at home, for an audience who are also at home

    Opera North

    Designed to support UK-based BAME music-makers exploring new ideas and collaborating with other artists, a new ‘Lockdown Edition’ of Opera North’s successful Resonance programme is open for applications now.

    Real Ideas Organisation

    RIO – Real Ideas Organisation has a commission opportunity available for a marketing professional to deliver online sessions to benefit young people aged 15-24 in Cornwall, who are interested in becoming self-employed along with providing some 1:1 professional mentoring support.


    SpudWORKS are offering the opportunity for a socially engaged artist to take up an artists’ residency exploring intergenerational interactivity across distance in a time of pandemic.

    Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

    The fund will be contemplate a diverse range of virtual Network events tackling key issues within the current fundraising environment

    Commission opportunity

    Real Ideas is seeking proposals from forward thinking artists and makers to create experiences for the Plymouth Art Weekender


    Is there a one-to-one performance at 2 meters apart? Or a project that you happen upon during your daily exercise? How can we interrupt this ‘new normal’? How can we commemorate, celebrate or challenge?

    Literature Works

    Best-selling working-class country writer Natasha Carthew has established a Nature Writing Prize for working class writers

    Historic England

    Historic England – is asking the public to help record a week in lockdown. 100 images from the public and ten artists will be added to Historic England’s Archive to preserve them and officially record this moment in history

    One Dance UK

    One Dance UK are offering 3 months FREE membership to any freelancers in the dance sector

    BBC Galton and Simpson Bursary for Comedy Writing

    The £5,500 bursary will help new comedy writers or writing partnerships develop a script for broadcast consideration, along with guidance from established industry professionals and the BBC Comedy commissioning team.

    Visual Arts South West

    Presenting a webinar series of talks and presentations titled ‘The Reset’, in collaboration with Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN).

    Milton Keynes Arts Centre

    Milton Keynes Arts Centre is commissioning fun and engaging creative learning content for their website. 

    Rake Community

    Calling researchers, writers, data analysts, journalists, activists, academics, scientists, photographers, artists and practitioners of all disciplines to submit to RAKE’s online investigative collaboration initiative.

    People United

    Kind Places & Spaces wants to explore the positive impact that art and design interventions can have in communities.

    Journeys Festival International

    Journeys Festival International are seeking artists to create new commissions, each with a fee of £1,500 (to include production costs).

    The Arts Institute

    The Arts Institute – Art Commissions – Covid-19

    Four art commissions inviting artists working across film, visual arts, spoken word and performance to give voice to the current situation and develop new work that responds to the theme ‘Everything has changed. Nothing has changed. Change is coming.’



    Call for artists in Residence . The organisers welcome applications from artists, designers, biohackers, musicians, or other cultural practitioners who want to carry out artistic work with biological media.

    Obsidian Coast

    Obsidian Coast – is looking for UK based arts  to initiate Hypericum: A Code of Practice, a curatorial and artistic development project, to generate a collectively produced and ever-evolving code of practice for feminist, anticolonial and environmentally sustainable arts organising.

    Plymouth Trails

    Freelance voice artists are being given an exciting opportunity to narrate three trails in the upcoming Plymouth Trails app.

    Beyond Quantum Music

    Beyond Quantum Music Open Call – welcomes submissions for any kind of digital art, sound installations, video works, as well as music that connects analogue and/or acoustic instruments with digital ones, the old and new sound worlds.

    Armed Forces Covenant

    The Armed Forces Covenant call for Creative Projects for Armed Forces Communities in Isolation

    Big Screen Southend

    Big Screen Southend is looking for artists, filmmakers or individuals creating moving image works for its future programme.

    Satellite Films

    Satellite Films – launched Skip/Intro, a new film commissioning programme for artist-filmmakers aged 18-25 in England.

    Creative England

    The Ideate Plymouth mentoring programme offers support to businesses or sole traders looking to use immersive technology to grow their business.


    Festival of Thrift

    Inviting artists to propose work for ‘One Beautiful Moment’ to launch the festival on the weekend of Saturday 12 September 2020.

    The Box Plymouth

    The box is keen to gather peoples’ images, stories, mementos and more, so we can record these strange times and share them in the future


    RE:SET –  a new virtual action learning programme for artists and creative freelancers and entrepreneurs developed in partnership with the hub. 

    Festival Stoke

    “Festival echoes” is a series of one-month artist commissions around the theme of “Creating art in a different landscape”.

    Light Night Worcester

    Light Night Worcester – is seeking to commission a selection of artists to create a number of projection-based new works for Light Night Worcester 2021.

    The Rooftop Arts Centre

    The Rooftop Arts Centre invites submissions of artwork, poetry, video, and sound art to an online exhibition that explores the theme of connection, something that we are all missing during this time

    Royal Society of Marine Artists

    Artists are invited to submit work for exhibition alongside members of the Royal Society of Marine Artists at their Annual Exhibition 2020.

    Deadline: 07.08.2020


    Lonely, not alone

    Commission available for 4 young people aged 18 – 25 to create hero content for our next campaign. That’s paid work for four stylists and four photographers to collaborate on an image and microfilm for Lonely Not Alone this year.

    Deadline: 22.07.2020


    Season For Change

    Season for Change – launch Common Ground, a programme of four £10,000 commissions for artists.

    Deadline 30.07.2020


    Museums for Climate Action

    Reimagining Museums for Climate Action – In the lead-up to COP26, we invite concept and design proposals that radically reimagine the museum as an institution to help shape meaningful climate action.

    Deadline: 31.07.2020



    Terrestrial 2020 Remote Residencies Open Call – A paid opportunity for community artists across England to develop their local connections and explore new ways of working.

    Deadline: 24.07.20

    South West Creative Technology Network

    South West Creative Technology Network – is aiming to fund ideas for prototypes in the field of Data.

    Deadline: 07.09.2020

    Real Ideas Organisation

    RIO – Real Ideas Fellowship Opportunity for Young People in the South West.

    Deadline: 24.08.2020

    Peninsula Dance Partnership

    Peninsula Dance Partnership Choreographic Bursary 2020 – The CPD choreographic Bursaries are supported by Hall For Cornwall, Plymouth Dance and Dance in Devon. You may apply at any stage in your career.

    Deadline: 01.09.2020