Sky Arts Art 50 grants, deadline 12 January 2018 (12 noon)

6 November 2017

"Sky Arts launched Art 50 to invite artists of all kinds, from all walks of life, from all artistic genres, to create a piece of work which says something important about what it will mean to be British after we leave the European Union.

"In the next two years there will be staggered commissioning rounds to give you, or your school, college or arts institution, the opportunity to apply for funding or co-funding to make a piece of theatre/ dance/ music/ film/ art/ collage (the list goes on) that responds to the question….What will it mean to be British?"

Grants of up to £50,000 are available. The majority of awards will be £5,000 to £20,000.

What the funder is looking for

"Ideas of all sizes that:

  • Engage rather than lecture
  • Relate to suburbs and rural communities as well as towns and cities
  • Allow us to hear and understand many points of view 
  • Help us to understand how we’ve got here
  • Taken together, represent a diversity of opinion
  • Include new voices as well as established artists
  • Make a splash, or leave a lasting legacy – or both!"

Tips for Art 50 applications

  1. "Where relevant, make sure you send links and passwords to websites or work you have done previously, or attach anything that will help us understand who you are, and why we should trust that you can see through your project. Many applications didn’t make it through because there simply wasn’t enough information on you or your organisation to make a proper judgement.
  2. "Don’t just send us a pitch for any old idea you want funding for! This isn’t a general arts funding scheme. At Art 50 we want ideas that fit the brief: what does it mean to be British?  These ideas can vary – they can present everything from a specific group to showing a wider notion of Britishness. Either way, we want to get a sense of who we are as a nation from it.
  3. "Whilst verbatim ideas can be fantastic, we received a number that had ‘we will speak to people around the country’ as their main thrust. If you are going to have other people’s words, then do something interesting with them. We aren’t looking for travelogues, reportage or a straightforward compilation of people’s words.
  4. "Brexit was the main reason for this project coming together, but the project itself isn’t about Brexit. This project is about documenting a unique moment in our history. So don’t stick rigidly just to the topic of Brexit. You don’t even need to talk about it at all. Art 50 is about our identity as a nation now and in the near future. Bear that in mind when you apply – what is your idea saying about us as a people?"

Interested?

Please read the terms and conditions before completing the application form.

The deadline for round two is 12 January 2018 (12 noon).

You might find it interesting to see the 15 projects funded in round one.

Questions?

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