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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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Creative Scotland Digital Commissions

Applications invited for Digital R&D Commissions

Arts or creative industries organisations, or individual artists/creative practitioners based in Scotland are invited to apply for a digital R&D commission of up to £10,000 (excluding VAT).

Ten commissions will be awarded for individuals or organisations 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. If your application is successful, The Space will provide additional support in areas where you may need help, e.g., digital production, content distribution, audience development and online rights. 

The deadline for applications is 12pm (midday) Tuesday 18 January 2022.

We will let you know if your application is successful by Friday 11 February 2022. Your project should be something your organisation can publish before the end of September 2022.

Guidance for applicants 

Please read the following before applying:

Guidance for Applicants (PDF 318 KB) or

Guidance for Applicants (DOCX 149 KB)

Easy Read Guidance for Applicants (PDF 7 MB)

We have also produced a podcast episode and short audio extracts providing additional information for applicants.

Budget Template

Budget Template (XLS 17 KB)

Terms and conditions

Terms and Conditions (PDF 142 KB) or

Terms and Conditions (DOCX 102 KB)

In order to help with your online application, you can download a PDF copy of the questions (139 KB)

Please see below for detailed eligibility criteria.

How to apply

To apply, please use the online application form.

We can arrange help to complete the application form, to apply in different ways, or for information to be provided in different formats. To discuss your needs, please email commissioning@thespace.org or telephone 0121 663 1488 and leave a message with your contact details. Due to Covid-19, our office is not currently staffed but we will respond to voice messages and emails.  

Eligibility

To apply, you must be an artist/creative practitioner resident in Scotland or an arts or creative industry organisation with a registered office in Scotland. Organisations can include community organisations and local authorities, where the project has a cultural focus. Eligible organisations include Creative Scotland's Regularly Funded Organisations (RFOs).

Unfortunately, you cannot lead an application if you work for any of the following:

  • Organisations based outside of Scotland
  • Heritage organisations
  • National collections and national performing companies (see full list on the Scottish Government website)
  • Educational institutions
  • Organisations whose core activities are not part of the arts, screen or creative industries
  • Other public sector agencies, trusts or foundations

However, these types of organisations can be a partner in an application, especially if the partnership will contribute to reaching audiences or building skills for the lead applicant.

Equality, diversity and inclusion 

We are particularly interested in applications where the leadership of the organisation or the project are minority ethnic, identify as d/Deaf or disabled or where your activities are focused on meeting the needs of underserved audiences and areas demonstrating deprivation, such as the seven domains measured by Scotland's Index of Multiple Deprivation: income, employment, education, health, access to services, crime and housing. poverty, crime, rural isolation, low economic activity/unemployment and poor educational attainment. We also welcome applications in and relating to Scotland's minority languages (i.e. Gaelic and Scots) and from speakers and users of BSL.

Listen to the Creative Scotland Commissioning Podcast

In addition to reading the Guidance for Applicants, you may want to listen to the Creative Scotland Commissioning Podcast where CEO and Creative Director Fiona Morris, Head of Programmes Rob Lindsay and Head of Production Helen Jenks talk to audio producer Clare Freeman about the Creative Scotland commissioning round. The team discuss the amount of funding and support available, what the commissioners are looking for alongside examples of previous commissions.

About the programme

The Space is managing this programme on behalf of Creative Scotland as part of the Creative Digital Initiative, a £1 million programme that has been developed through a partnership of Scotland’s enterprise agencies (Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, South of Scotland Enterprise, Business Gateway), Skills Development Scotland, Creative Scotland and the Scottish Government.


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

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