Open Call for D/deaf and Disabled Artists for Splash!

Splash! has been developed by the Splash! Consortium* who wish to recruit the Splash! Ensemble: a new, East Midlands based company of of D/deaf, disabled artists and non-disabled artists.

The Splash! Ensemble will be employed on a two-year programme of professional development, community research, creative engagement and original performance: Splash!

The fee for phase 1 and 2 as described below is: £2,550 inc. VAT for approx. 17 days activity.

This is an exciting opportunity which offers professional development. The opportunity is offered as a contract and you will be paid on a freelance basis, you will be responsible for your own tax and national insurance.

The fee will be paid in three instalments over the duration of the project and payments are released upon completion of work.

They are looking to commission a total of 10 individual artists or artist companies to work on this ground-breaking programme. Your programme of activity with the groups will be developed in consultation with the partners who will support you through the process.


Splash! will be developed in three phases:

Phase 1

10 – 14 September 2018 – a week long creative professional development residency.Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester.

Lead by artists from Diverse City and Extraordinary Bodies (Diverse City’s partnership with Cirque Bijou) joined by arts practitioners from each member of of our SPLASH! consortium.

The Splash! Ensemble will share imaginative approaches to working with integrated audiences, collaborate on creative facilitation and develop new professional relationships.

Phase 2

October 2018 – February 2019 – a six-month audience engagement programme.

Across 5 locations across the East Midlands – The City Splashes.

The Splash! Ensemble will work with learning disabled children and young people and their families to generate interest in and stories about the canals and waterways of the East Midlands.

Phase 3

June – October 2019 – the Splash Commission: a new outdoor performance.

Toured around five locations on the East Midlands waterways.

The commission is led by Diverse City and Extraordinary Bodies (Diverse City’s partnership with Cirque Bijou) The commission brings together the Splash! Ensemble with other professional theatre and circus artists and community performers drawn from phase 2.


Deadline for Expression of Interest

9am Monday 16th July 2018.

If short-listed, you will be invited to a daylong workshop / interview with the project Lead Artists, Extraordinary Bodies on Wednesday 25th July 2018 in Leicester.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a week long residential at Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester from Monday 10 September to Friday 14 September.This will include Project Launch events at Attenborough Arts Centre, R&D Theatre in Northampton and Nottingham Playhouse on 10 September.

All venues will be wheelchair accessible, BSL interpreters will be provided along with any other access support as required.


*Splash! Consortium is Attenborough Arts Centre, the Canal and River Trust (East Midlands), Curve Theatre, the British Journal of Learning Disabilities, Deda Derby, Lincoln Drill Hall, Graeae Theatre Co, NEO Learning, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal & Derngate Theatre and the University of Derby. The Consortium is co-ordinated by The Mighty Creatives.

Splash! Is funded by a Strategic Regional Touring Grant from Arts Council England.


For more information and to apply please go to




Published on:
25 Jun 2018


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