We are now accepting Open Call applications

 

We are looking for a diverse group of emerging artists to submit proposals for audio or moving image 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 for the work you’d like to produce

– Supply up to two links to your previous work as well as any links to images or 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 11:59 pm on Wednesday 26 February 2020 when applications close. 

If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to discuss your proposal in Spring 2020.

Please note, the production of commissions from this call will take place in London between April–July 2020. 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. 

FAQ

Can I apply if I live outside London? 

Although the ICA is only accepting proposals from London-based applicants, 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. Please see the website of your nearest hub for further information.

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 (26 February 2020). 

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. If your application is successful, this person will become the main point of contact for the production. 

I don’t have any formal training or experience in audio or moving image production – can I still apply? 

Absolutely. We will provide training, mentoring and support to any successful applicants (depending on your level of experience). You do not need any prior formal experience to apply. 

Is there funding available? 

Yes. All selected artists will receive financial support to cover the cost of executing their project. 

If my work is selected, how will my budget be decided upon?

Once the final selection has been made, artists will be invited to discuss their proposals in greater detail. After this, a timeline and budget will be drawn up by the artist/s in agreement with the production partner. 

Please note that budgets vary for each production (budgets for audio productions are in the region of £1.5K, budgets for moving image productions are in the region of £2.5K). These estimated figures include mentoring, support and resources. The exact budget is subject to the discretion of the production partners. 

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

Yes, you can definitely still apply! 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 if this will be your first time working with audio or moving image technologies. 

I don’t have any of my previous work available online, can I send you a video file or disc? 

Unfortunately, we can’t accept any other formats, and any work you’re submitting 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. 

My proposal is related to a pre-existing work I have made before. Does this disqualify me? 

As long as your proposal is a clear development from your original idea, it qualifies as a new work and is therefore welcome to be submitted. 

 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 another Open Call in 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 Spring 2020 and invite you to discuss your proposal with the production team. If you are not available for the proposed interview time, let us know and we can arrange a video call.

    

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 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 5–12 minutes. 

In our moving image commissions, we want to hear new voices and see visual approaches that are 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.
 

Applications close at 11:59pm on Wednesday 26 February 2020. Partially completed proposals can be saved and edited at any point until 11:59pm. 

Please note, the production of commissions from this call will take place in London between April-July 2020. 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 Spring 2020.

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

Good luck!

Winter 2020 Open Call