Arts Derbyshire


Artist Residency Call Out

Artist Residency Call Out

About Level

LEVEL is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and is also supported by Derbyshire County Council. We produce and promote art that is powerful and of relevance to all of our society – art that is not afraid to be different.


About LEVEL’s Residencies

Residencies are planned to take place between November 2021 and March 2022. We will select 4 Artists or companies to complete a 1 to 2 week residency with LEVEL.

We are looking for residencies researching and developing ideas suitable for adults with learning disabilities.


Who can apply?

We are looking to support UK based, professional artists and companies from a variety of disciplines (visual, performing & digital).

We are looking for proposals for the following types of residency:

  • Performance or visual artist or company exploring work for learning disabled adults
  • Performance, digital or visual artist or company who identifies as disabled*
  • Artist or company exploring digital content that is suitable for learning disabled adults (digital work could include audio, video, apps, virtual or augmented reality, performance, animation.)

*LEVEL wants to hear from the full diversity of disabled artists, working in any discipline across the UK. By using the term ‘disabled person/artist’ we aim to include those who identify as being learning disabled, disabled, D/deaf, neurodiverse/neurodivergent and those experiencing chronic illness, mental health conditions, and more. We understand that different people prefer different terminology. You do not have to prefer the term ‘disabled person’ to apply.


What are we looking for?

LEVEL is seeking bold, ambitious and cutting-edge ideas to support our mission in celebrating the Art that Difference Makes.

We hope to develop partnerships and relationships with the selected visiting artists and companies beyond these residencies. We want to be challenged by new ideas and we want artists to have resources and expertise to think and create.

The Residency offer is:

  • A 1 to 2 week long residency*
  • A financial contribution of up to £2000 for the residency
  • An opportunity to meet the team
  • Discussion at the end of the residency with optional sharing
  • Access to LEVEL’s in-house resources (subject to availability)
  • Post-residency discussion with LEVEL Centre staff to discuss the outcomes and next steps

*Coronavirus and Local Restrictions: Due to the current pandemic, if restrictions apply LEVEL will offer residencies online.


How to Apply

To apply please complete the online application form which can be found here.

If you are unable to complete this form, please contact the LEVEL Centre team on or call 01629 734 848.

The application form will capture your personal details, which type of residency you are applying for and equal opportunities monitoring.

In addition to the application form, you will need to upload the following:

  • An up to date CV
  • Your project proposal, which needs to cover the following areas:
    • Explain your idea and who is involved
    • What you want to explore in your residency
    • Explain in what ways your practice and idea relates to LEVEL’s aims
    • Outline any outcomes you would like to achieve

LEVEL will accept the following formats for the proposal, please clearly label your files:

  • Written submission that is no more than 2 sides of A4
  • Video submission that is no longer than 3 minutes
  • Audio submission as an MP3 or WAV file, that is no longer than 3 minutes

If you wish, you can also upload a maximum of 3 additional examples of your work, clearly labeled with your name. These could be:

  • Images or Photographs
  • Video Footage
  • Web links to portfolios or performances – please remember to include passwords if necessary


Important dates:

The deadline for submissions is: 13 September 2021

Interviews will take place between 27 September – 8 October 2021


Need help? Get in touch!

Here at LEVEL we’re committed to ensuring each of our opportunities are accessible for all.

If you have any questions about the application process or need any additional support in completing your application please get in touch, we’re always happy to guide you through this process.

Email us on:

Call us on: 01629 734848

We are available to answer any enquiries 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday.


Apply Here


About The LEVEL Centre

Situated in rural Derbyshire, the LEVEL Centre is a cutting-edge, purpose-built arts centre designed especially to create opportunities for disabled adults.

We want artists and participants to discover their own creative abilities and to experience high-quality artwork in a safe and supported environment.


Our Facilities

  • Fully accessible, single-story building
  • Changing room/shower room with hoist
  • Disabled toilets
  • Kitchen with fridge, microwave and hot drinks facilities
  • Dedicated media editing suite
  • Onsite Parking
  • Internet access


LEVEL Space: Key Features

  • Plain white walls – ideal for projections
  • Internet access
  • Blackout curtains to transform the space into a black box theatre
  • Small lighting rig
  • Internet access

Room Dimensions – Length: 7.3 m, Width: 7.1m, Ceiling Height: 4m

Please note, this space does not have sprung flooring


Event Space: Key Features

  • Blank white walls – ideal for projections
  • Internet access
  • Blackout curtains to transform the space into a black box theatre
  • Jester Zero88 Lighting desk & lighting rig
  • Yamaha mixing desk with Amp
  • 4 Wall mounted RCF Speakers
  • Internet access

Room Dimensions – Length: 9.7m, Width: 7.1m, Ceiling Height: 4m

Please note, this space does not have sprung flooring


Gallery Space: Key Features

  • Light & airy with natural light
  • Internet access
  • Plain white walls
  • Power sockets throughout – ideal for installing floor lights, TVs or speakers along the space
  • Handrails along the wall
  • Internet access

Room Dimensions – Length: 17.2m, Width: 2.8m

Please note, this space does not have sprung flooring

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