We are now accepting Open Call applications

We are looking for a diverse group of emerging artists to submit proposals for moving image, audio and interactive works which explore storytelling, performance, spoken word, poetry, dance, scripted drama, and experimentation with sound, image and structure. No prior experience is required to apply; the only criteria is that you are based in London and between the ages of 16–30 at the time of applying. We want you to challenge what constitutes art, make people think, and encourage new ways of understanding ourselves and the world in which we live. 

Are you ready to apply?

Please be prepared to:

- Tell us a bit about yourself

- Supply a working title and short proposal (500 words max.) for the work you’d like to produce

- Supply up to 2 links to your previous work or any links to images/mood boards that you feel illustrate your idea

Once submitted, you will receive an email with a link to your online application, which you may amend or edit at any time until 11:59pm on Thursday 25 July 2019 when applications close. 

Please note, the production of commissions from this call will take place in London between August-November 2019. Successful applicants need to be available during this period, although the amount of time required will vary between commissions and can be assessed on a case by case basis. 


Can I apply if I live outside London?  

The ICA is only accepting proposals from London-based applicants; however, the New Creatives commission is open to people across England. Regional New Creatives hubs are Tyneside Cinema, which covers the North; Rural Media, which covers the Midlands; Screen South, which covers the South East; and Calling the Shots, which covers the South West, are all offering similar opportunities.   

I turn 31 this year, can I still apply? 

It depends. Applicants must be aged 16–30 on the closing date of this Open Call on 25 July 2019. 

I’m not sure my proposal follows the guidelines; are there any kinds of proposals you won’t accept?   

We are not able to accept proposals for works of popular music or traditional forms of journalism and current affairs documentary. Cross-disciplinary proposals are welcome, as long as they are captured for audio or moving image.   

Do you accept proposals from collectives? 

Yes, although you will need to designate one ‘lead’ applicant from your collective to submit the proposal. This applicant will then be responsible for the production. 

I don’t have any formal film, audio or interactive training or production experience, can I still apply? 

Yes. We will provide training, mentoring and support. 

I have an idea, but I’ve never made any work before, can I still apply?  

Yes. If this will be your first time making work, we would still love to hear from you. We also encourage you to apply if you have previously made work in other mediums, but this will be your first time working with audio, moving image or interactive technologies. 

I do not have any links to previous work online, can I send you a video file or disc? 

We regret we cannot accept other formats and all work must be available online. If you’re having difficulties uploading your work or don’t have easy access to a computer, please get in touch with us at opencall@ica.art.  

Can I include multiple proposals in my application?  

We can only accept one proposal from each applicant. 

I won’t be ready to submit my proposal by the cut-off date, will there be another chance to apply? 

Yes. There will be other Open Calls in early and mid-2020. 

If my project isn’t selected for this Open Call, can I apply again in future?  

Yes, you are welcome to reapply or submit a new application during any of our upcoming Open Calls.    

When will I hear if my application has been successful? 

If your proposal is shortlisted, we will contact you in early-August and invited to discuss your proposal with the production team.  If you require assistance completing the online form or have any further questions about the process, please contact us on opencall@ica.art.

New Creatives is a series of commissioning opportunities for emerging artists under 30 working with audio or moving image who have the ambition to produce a new work intended for broadcast on the BBC. New Creatives commissions are co-funded by Arts Council England and BBC Arts.

In our moving image commissions, we want to hear new voices and see visual experimentation that is exciting and memorable. We’re looking for strong proposals that demonstrate the breadth of possibility offered by the medium – this might be through innovation in style or structure, or new ways of working with narrative, animation, performance, scripted drama or dance. Moving image works can range from 90 seconds to 3 minutes.

In our audio commissions, we are interested in proposals for works that will push boundaries and surprise listeners with their inventiveness and ingenuity. Audio works might take the form of spoken word, poetry, experimental narrative, or soundscapes, or combine these forms to create new approaches to sound and story. Audio works can range between 5 and 15 minutes.

In our interactive commissions, we are interested in supporting concepts and ideas, through development to realisation, for immersive audio and video works that give insight into powerful experiences, situations or locations with new and emerging technologies. You may be working with 360 video, binaural audio, gaming technologies, mixed reality, augmented reality or virtual reality and want to take your ideas to the next stage online or for a venue-based project.

Applications close at 11:59pm on Thursday 25 July 2019.     

Partially-completed proposals can be saved and edited at any point until 11:59pm on Thursday 25 July.

Please note, the production of commissions from this call will take place in London between August–November 2019. Successful applicants need to be available during this period, although the amount of time required will vary between commissions and can be assessed on a case by case basis. 

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to discuss your proposal in early-August 2019.

If you have any questions or require any additional support in applying, please email us at opencall@ica.art.

Good luck!

Summer 2019 Open Call