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

    Literature Works

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

    Surge Cabaret

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


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

    Creative England

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


    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?

    Innovate Grant

    Innovate Grant is accepting submissions for the Spring 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards two $550.00 USD grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer

    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.

    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.

    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

    Dwell Time

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

    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.

    Aviva Community Fund

    The Fund has broadened its criteria to include applications for projects that enable causes to adapt or continue their vital services by covering core running costs

    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 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

    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

    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.

    Armed Forces Covenant

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

    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.

    Milton Keynes Arts Centre

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

    Visual Arts South West

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

    Festival Stoke

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


    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’

    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.

    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

    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