Beyond

now open for Expressions of Interest

Arts Practice
Deadline: 19.09.2022
Published: 05.05.2022

The Work Room is opening a call out for members to submit proposals to a second round of the BEYOND fund, for projects starting November 2022 onwards.

Overview

Riffing off the idea of circular giving, BEYOND was created to direct money from annual membership fees, back to artist members in the form of seed funding for member led projects.

Funds raised through membership fees and individual giving are accrued and ringfenced annually in the TWR’s budget. Members are then invited to submit proposals to utilise these funds for their projects. Piloting a first round in 2018, the fund had been paused during the period in which TWR waived its membership fees, to support member during the pandemic, but is now re-opening for proposals.

Through BEYOND, we hope to support projects and practices that take dance beyond the studio to connect more people to dance, while also fostering collaboration and artistic community within TWR membership. Recognising the wide range of contexts in which our members are engaging people in, and with dance, Beyond will seek to encourage, nurture and kick-start a range of artist-initiated projects through this seed funding initiative.

Proposals from members will be invited as joint proposals from two or more members wishing to work together, or from individual members working with one or more members during their project.

In the 2022/23 financial year, there is a total of £7500 to allocate as seed funding of £1500 to kick-start projects.

Background and Process

Responding to feedback gathered through What Next? conversations, which identified a desire from members to minimise time spent on application processes, TWR engaged on a process of evaluation of BEYOND, including consultation with a working group of artist members, to develop an alternative application and decision making process. This round of BEYOND will trial the new model put forward by the working group, as an experiment and as research into possible alternative models of decision making.

In keeping with TWR’s core values or generosity, inclusivity and experimentation, we see this as a valuable opportunity to be led by our members and continue asking how to best support members. We welcome feedback from members on this process, and hope to apply the learning across our wider programmes.

You can read a summary of the working groups process here.

How it Works

This iteration of BEYOND trials a simple model in which awards of £1500 are made at four intervals throughout the year, using a chance/random selection process.

A first round of Beyond opened for EOI's in May and 1 x Award of £1500 was made. A following 1 x award of £1500 will be made in September 2022, December 2022, March 2023.  Applications for the fund can be submitted at any time in the form of an Expression of Interest, to be considered in the next draw.

An additional Award of £1500 is available to members who have experienced historic exclusion or barriers to dance due to systemic inequalities. Please see Page 5 of Beyond Guidance & FAQ's document for further information on this award.

To Apply

For full details on the Beyond fund, including eligibility and how to apply please download and read in full the Beyond Guidance and FAQ's document. Expressions of Interest can be made in written, audio or video format using the Beyond Expression Of Interest Form and should be submitted via email to applications@theworkroom.org.uk with 'BEYOND EOI' in the subject line.

Members thinking of applying can also arrange a meeting with a member of TWR team to chat through the suitability of their project or receive support in communicating their idea and putting together their EOI.

For the Autumn Award 2022, EOI's should be submitted on or before Tuesday 06 September 2022. EOI's received after the 06 September will be entered into the Winter Award draw.