Beyond call out for ideas

Members Events | Deadline: 05.08.2019

Invitation to members:

Members of The Work Room are invited to bid for Beyond funds to kick-start new projects. The aim is to support projects that move beyond the studio & theatre, encourages members to collaborate with each other, and connect more people to dance. It recognises artists as catalysts within our wider culture - provoking, challenging and transforming our imaginations and our communities. 


The process for distributing the funds has been shaped through discussion with members and the desire to make it a collaborative, transparent and supportive process where ideas can be shared and amplified. Our hope is that this can be an antidote to the usual funding processes.

We are inviting ideas seeking funds between £500- £1500.  Ideas for imaginative approaches to connect people with choreographic practice and idea, reinforcing The Work Room’s mission to empower artists to lead in and through their practice. Beyond ideas should:

  • Come from two or more TWR members working together;
  • Aim to connect more people with dance and choreographic practice  

The support available from The Work Room for Beyond projects may be practical as well as financial. Practical support could include advising on the project and helping to make connections to take it forward. The purpose of the financial support is to act as seed funding to kick-start projects.

We are inviting proposals in the form of short (5 mins max) videos that:

  • Introduce the people involved and why you want to work together on this;
  • Give an outline of the idea you and those you want to connect with;
  • Say why this is important to you all and why now is the right time to be taking it forward;
  • State your request - what practical and financial support do you need to get this project off the ground.

The video can be shot on a phone or ipad – it is simply a mechanism to hear you speaking about your idea, don’t worry about the quality of the recording. Please upload to vimeo or another platform and send us a link along with a simple budget showing how you would use the funds requested. This should be emailed to Sara - by Monday 5th August. 

If you would like this information in a different format or require support in preparing a proposal, please contact us directly.

Decision Making:

The selection of ideas to receive Beyond funds will be made collaboratively by members and supporters of The Work Room. This will take place at the Beyond Gathering on Sunday 8 September.

People will present their ideas at the event and everyone present will be able to vote for those they would like to see supported. Depending on the number of proposals received, there may be the need for a shortlisting stage prior to the Beyond Gathering. If so, we will bring together panel of 3- 4 members who aren’t involved in any of the proposals to undertake this. There will be scope for 10 ideas to be presented at the event.

Deadline for initial proposals: Monday 5th August

Beyond Gathering: Sunday 8 September