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We commission and support work which delivers greater access to the arts using digital platforms and content. We are interested in projects which capture great live performances or exhibitions, extend the online reach of existing arts content and work, or use technologies as an integrated way of developing great arts experiences. 

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Commissioning Round 2019

In this commissioning round we are looking for projects that fall into the ‘Capture’ and ‘Low-Cost R&D’ strands outlined below. You can apply via our online system, using the links below. The deadline for applications is midday, Thursday 4 April 2019. We expect to notify shortlisted projects by Friday 10 May 2019. Please see the timelines in the Commissioning Briefs for more detail.

In some circumstances, it may be possible to approve your project in a shorter timeframe if you have a particular deadline to meet, e.g. if the project is linked to a theatrical season or live event. If this is the case, please mark this clearly on your application and we will do our best to review the proposal quickly.

Low-Cost R&D strand

This strand is funded by Arts Council England (ACE). It aims to increase the digital reach of arts and cultural organisations by increasing the impact of existing work or collections. It allows you to test approaches to extending your work digitally, acquiring new skills and gaining practical, sustainable experience in creating digital content and engaging online audiences. Projects should be able to be turned around relatively quickly and have a measurable audience outcome. We are particularly interested in applications from diverse-led organisations and/or projects that include a focus on reaching diverse or underserved arts and cultural audiences.

For more information and to apply online: Low-Cost R&D Strand

The Capture strand

This strand is run in partnership with the BBC to capture, broadcast and digitally distribute live arts performances and events for audiences, showcasing and increasing the reach of existing activities. This is an opportunity for arts and cultural organisations to have work broadcast by the BBC and to receive additional support for the wider digital distribution of the filmed work after its initial TV transmission.

It allows you to extend your work digitally, acquiring new skills and gaining practical, sustainable experience in creating digital content and engaging online audiences. Projects should be able to be filmed before the end of 2019 and have a measurable audience outcome. We are particularly interested in applications from diverse-led organisations and/or projects that include a focus on reaching diverse or underserved arts and cultural audiences.

For more information and to apply online: Capture Strand

To read case studies and articles about recent Space commissions, and for wider resources about producing work for digital platforms and growing your audience online visit our resources section.

If you have any questions about commissioning rounds, please email commissioning@thespace.org

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