Disability Arts Online- Opportunities for disabled artists

In light of the unprecedented situation caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, Disability Arts Online have outlined a number of measures, including a new commissions pot for disabled artists.

They’ve allocated £8,000 to a new commissions pot for disabled artists. You can be working in any art form. They can only accept applications from disabled artists based in the UK, though proposals with international collaborators, where a UK disabled artist is the lead are fine.

There are three tiers of commissions:

Artist Presentations: Give a 30-minute artist talk from the comfort of your own home via Facebook Live and IGTV, then answer questions posted by viewers in the comments section for 15 minutes. Disability Arts Online will provide tech-support and a dry-run. Fee of £200.

Day in the Life Articles: They are looking for a series of features that give an insight into the working life of an artist. Your feature could be process-orientated and go through a specific creative process. It could refer to a specific day but give an overview of your practice. You could film or record your day and share aspects of it. How much you do or don’t talk about disability or impairment issues depends on whether or not it feels appropriate to share those with DAO’s audience. Commissioned artists providing a written article are encouraged to record an audio version to increase access. Video versions should include captions. £120 for written articles, £150 for videos.

Open commissions (£50 – £500): Pitch an idea for an event, discussion, performance or exhibition that can take place online. Bring us your best ideas and let us know how much you think it’ll cost. Please consider audience access in your application. Applications from partnerships or collectives are welcome.


6 April 2020



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27 Mar 2020


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