Unlimited’s main aim is to commission disabled artists and companies to make exceptional work. For this next round, Unlimited has over half a million pounds available for Main Commissions, Research and Development awards and Emerging Artists awards, thanks to Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales and Creative Scotland. They have also joined up with eleven partners for our Partner Awards, which are linked to specific geographic areas, types of audiences and specific practices: Artsadmin, Bagri Foundation, Coventry 2021, Farnham Maltings, Museum of the Home, Sage Gateshead, Southbank Centre, Pentabus, Polka Theatre, The Art House, Wellcome Collection.
The commissions call out is a competitive process (last time they shortlisted 25% of the applications we received and funded 13%) but they try and make it as humane as we can. It starts with an Expression of Interest application, which is as simple as we can make it, and only shortlisted applicants complete a full form, which they do with support from the Unlimited Team team.
The application portal opens on 1 October and closes on 27 October.
Unlimited will be running a number of events across the summer and into the autumn where people can find out more and ask questions face to face (well, screen to screen). These include;
- Unlimited Connects Wales: Into the Future on 5 August,
- Rural Touring: Accessible to Everyone? on Aug 14, and events in partnership with Creative Scotland,
- Wellcome Collection and Bagri Foundation (information coming soon).
They are also running a series of blogs across the summer spotlighting specific aspects of the commissions programme.