Developing your Creative Practice supports the development of independent creative practitioners. This programme will give individuals the opportunity to apply for £2,000 to £10,000, to take a dedicated period of time to focus on their own creative development, and take them to the next
stage in their practice. Developing your Creative Practice encourages development by allowing artists and cultural practitioners to innovate and take creative risks, work in new ways and to eventually reach new audiences. Unlike other current Arts Council funds open to individuals, you don’t have to find match funding to apply. The Arts Council will invest a total of £14.4 million over four years. That means we’ll be making awards totalling £3.6 million every year, helping many people develop their creative practice.
Developing your Creative Practice supports activity focused on these artforms and disciplines:
• Visual Arts
• Combined Arts
• Museums practice
Your creative development may work with these artforms in other contexts. Examples might include:
• creative media and the wider creative industries (for example, film or audio, design or gaming);
• technology, including digital technology (for example, virtual reality or live-streaming);
• other non-arts organisations or settings (for example, residential-care providers, or a science
• other non-arts cultural forms or sectors (for example, health and wellbeing, social inclusion,
heritage or sport).
Anyone who applies to Developing your Creative Practice needs to:
• apply as an individual, or as a small group of practitioners who usually collaborate in their work. This
could include, for example, artists who usually create work together, or writers and their translators.
Organisations cannot apply, and individuals cannot apply on behalf of an organisation
• be based within (live in) England
• have a UK bank account in the exact name they’re applying in (if you apply as a small group of
practitioners, one person should submit the application and take the lead on managing the grant,
and should provide their bank details)
• be at least 18 years old
• have three years’ creative practice experience outside a formal education context or have a home address in England and defined by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs as ‘resident in the UK’ for tax
Activities can be up to one year in length. Some examples of things you can apply for are:
• building new networks for future development/presentation of work
• creating new work
• experimenting with new collaborators
• international travel to explore other practice or work with mentors
• professional development activities
• research and development time to explore practice and take risks
There are four rounds per year for this programme; you cannot apply to more than two rounds within a 12-month period. The ACE consider a 12 month period to run from the date each round closes, and not the date you submit your application. If you make any ineligible applications these won’t be counted. If your application is successful you won’t be able to make another application until three years after the application deadline for the round you were successful in.
For the full details and the application form please go to https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/developing-your-creative-practice/dycp-how-apply