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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 arts content and work, or use technologies as an integrated way of developing great arts experiences. 

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2022 Commissioning Round now open

Digital R&D Commissions

Arts and cultural organisations based in England, including museums, libraries, community organisations and local councils with a cultural project, can apply for a digital R&D commission of up to £14,000 (excluding VAT).

Commissions are for you to develop and deliver a creative digital project for online audiences. This might be a video or audio project, or an interactive or immersive experience.

Like audience and visitors worldwide, we are celebrating the return of in-person cultural experiences. But at The Space, we don’t want the benefits of digital practices to be forgotten: improving the accessibility of artistic work and cultural collections, broadening the diversity of our audiences, and making our sector more environmentally responsible and sustainable.

Through these commissions, we hope to support, celebrate and consolidate some of the sector-wide learning of the past two years, and look ahead to a more hybrid future.

If your application is successful, we can provide support in areas where you may need help, e.g., digital production, content distribution, audience development and online rights.

The deadline for applications is 5pm Thursday 21st July 2022

We will let you know if your application is successful by 25th September 2022. Your project should be something your organisation can publish before the end of February 2023. We will be commissioning up to 10 creative digital projects in this round.

How to apply

Access the online application form

You can also download a copy of the application form questions (DOCX 37KB) to review before you complete your application online.

Please read the following before applying:

Guidance for Applicants
Guidance for Applicants (PDF 346KB) or
Guidance for Applicants (DOCX 218KB)

Budget Template
Budget Template (XLS 17KB)

Terms and conditions
Terms and Conditions (PDF 165KB) or
Terms and Conditions (DOCX 109KB)

Support for applicants

We can arrange help to complete the application form, to apply in different ways, or for information to be provided in different formats.

Please contact us to discuss your needs.

You can email commissioning@thespace.org or telephone 0121 663 1488 and leave a message with your contact details. Our office is not usually staffed but we will respond to voice messages and emails.

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