Ground Work 2024

Call Out

Arts Practice
Deadline: 18.12.2023
Published: 27.11.2023

Over the past ten years we know that a groundswell of artists within our membership have been dedicating their attention and practice to environmental and ecological concerns; climate emergency and activism. Not just in concept or content, but by explicitly interrogating, and altering, ‘the how, the way, the why’ of dancing and making work. 

This callout is for 5 members, who have been exploring ecological practice within their artistic work to come together as a small TWR working group in early 2024. Together we’d like to invite them to explore the following questions from the perspective of independent dance artists, their practice and as members of The Work Room: 

  • What does ‘an environmental policy’ mean for independent dance artists in Scotland today and tomorrow?
  • What does careful resource management look like for us?
  • What’s unique and/or particular to our needs? How can we make change through acts of reciprocity?
  • What and how can this be shared across our membership; Glasgow, Scotland and beyond?
  • What can we do, together, that is tangible, timebound and relevant?

This working group and research will be part of questioning, exploring and evolving The Work Room’s organisational approach to the Climate Crisis via their diverse embodied approaches to addressing these issues and concerns.  


  • Callout live - Monday 27 November 2023
  • Note of interest due by midnight Monday 18 December 2023
  • Selection by Wednesday 20 December 2023
  • First group meeting is proposed for Friday 19 January 2024, 12pm meeting in the Hidden Gardens, Boiler House (interested artist not available on this date are still welcome to submit an EOI, we can look at alternative dates)
  • Further sessions and design to be set with the group 


The 5 members will meet for a series of exchanges, field-research and discussion in person and online with support from The Work Room team over 4 months. We imagine this to be around 8 meetings, but the exact pattern will be agreed with the group. 

TWR will work with the artists to create a podcast/s that shares the findings with the rest of the membership and wider. 


A fee of £800 plus travel expenses will be paid to each artist for their time  

We also have an access budget to support additional access costs that people may have in order to attend and participate. This could include interpretation, personal support, specific travel requirements or childcare costs.


If you are interested in being part of the working group, please note your interest by getting in touch to say:

  • Why you are interested in participating
  • What you are interested in bringing to the group - a movement practice or approach that you would like to share
  • Include up to 3 links or equivalent examples of your commitment to prior work in this area.

Your note of interest can be sent as an email, short video or audio voice note. We suggest this is a maximum of 2 paragraphs (if in writing) or around 3 minutes for video or voice notes. 

Send your note of interest via email, to by midnight Monday 18 December 2023. Please also note any access requirements in your cover email.

If there is more interest than spaces available, selection will be made so there is a breadth of lived and professional experience represented across the group. We will be back in touch with people by Wednesday 20 December.

This research is supported by Glasgow Life’s Arts Development Fund.