The Library Presents Autumn 2021 – Open Calls

The Library Presents Autumn 2021 - Open Calls

The Library Presents programme currently has two open calls for artists to provide a mix of of performances (indoor & outdoor), digital work and participatory workshops: 

  1. The Library Presents Open Call for Events in Autumn 2021
    • This is an open call for artists to suggest physical, indoor or outdoor material for The Library Presents menu for autumn 2021 (mid Oct-Dec).
    • This Call-Out is open to artists/organisations in the Eastern Region (Beds, Herts, Norf, Suff, Cambs, Esssex, P’boro).
  2. The Library Presents Open Call for In Your House Autumn 2021
    • This is an open call for artists to suggest remote and digital material for The Library Presents In Your House menu for autumn 2021 (mid Oct-Dec). This element of the season will include a mixture of digital work, postal work, radio, window or outdoor projections. The activity you propose should not be freely accessible online already.
    • This Call-Out is open to artists/organisations in the UK.

Deadline for expressions of interest 13 June 2021.  The fee is a maximum of £1000 per activity (excluding VAT).  

Please click here for further information. 
If you are interested in The Library Presents programme, wish to submit an application to our Autumn 2021 season or have any questions surrounding the programme, please sign up to one of the available ‘advice surgeries’ with Florence Rose, Babylon ARTS.
Please sign up to a surgery with your name here, then please email, with the phone number you wish to be called on, and a brief overview on what you would like to discuss during your surgery. Please provide a website/link to show if relevant.

NRTF and Farnham Maltings announce £10,000 Library Commission Partnership award.

As part of our Touring Arts in Libraries (TAIL) Project, the NRTF is proud to announce a joint commission with Farnham Maltings of £10,000 to create a new piece of theatre for libraries.

Committed to delivering high-quality artistic work and cultural experiences, the NRTF’s TAIL project is about maximising the potential of our nation’s libraries to deliver a programme of touring arts. The Farnham Maltings New Popular programme; a five year initiative supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation tests and creates new theatre with the ambition of reaching broader audiences, in new places with new experiences. It was an obvious opportunity to collaborate. 

Libraries were integral to the communities they served before the lockdowns; now firmly established as an essential service for recovery from the pandemic, uniquely equipped to keeping communities connected and supporting the most vulnerable. 

This creative partnership delivers the Art Council England’s commitment through the Let’s Create Strategy 2020 – 2030 to establishing libraries as “ the first point of access to cultural activity,” it supports the “development of creativity and the promotion of culture across this country,” and provides further evidence for building “stronger, happier communities “ through the arts.

A key aim of the TAIL project is to support existing and new creative work designed specifically for touring in libraries. We see this as a fantastic opportunity for an artist to develop and showcase their creative ideas to libraries in Buckinghamshire and Surrey this Summer with additional funds to support the piece touring to a wider network of libraries across the UK in 2022. This commission will see the creative and public sectors working collaboratively to bring communities back together. 

For more info and to apply visit:

Poetry Commission from Artsreach and Dorset Food & Drink

Together Artsreach and Dorset Food & Drink are seeking to commission a poet to help us celebrate Dorset’s outstanding local food and drink producers, and to acknowledge those who choose to shop local.

Dorset is well known for being home to some of the UK’s most outstanding local food and drink producers, and many of these are embedded within communities across the county who partner with Artsreach, the counties rural touring arts charity. Grow Local, Grow Vocal is a new initiative that aims to creatively celebrate these producers, and the community residents who choose to shop local, particularly since the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Below is a copy of the commission brief, and here is a link to the information on the Artsreach website:

Live & Local Commission Opportunities

Live & Local: LivingRoom

A series of micro-commissions for artists to create bespoke performances or artworks for a community with whom they are paired. The brief is fairly open as we hope to attract a range of project ideas from a diverse range of artists and companies.

Live & Local is inviting proposals which meet the brief below from professional artists and companies from a range of different artforms, but particularly those who have either worked on the Rural Touring circuit before or who have a desire to do so in the future. The programme will focus on artists and companies based in the East or West Midlands.

Fee: £700-£900 per commission, depending on the individual project ideas.

Deadline for proposals: 05 February 2021, 17:00.

Project start date: From February 2021 onwards.

The project brief and online application form can be found below. For more information or an informal discussion, please contact to arrange a chat with a member of the Live & Local Community Engagement Team.

The Library Presents In Your House Open Call for Events in Autumn 2020

This is an open call for artists to provide a mix of digital and non-digital content for the second season of ‘In Your House’ from October to December 2020. We hope to receive applications for brilliant small ideas as well as larger scale projects! 

Deadline for expressions of interest 31 July 2020

Artists selected by 21 August 2020

Successful proposals must be ready by 5th October, with project plan and promotional material, and the work ready for release to the public between the 5th October and 18th December 2020. 

“In Your House” a new programme of exciting, fun and interesting arts to enjoy from home! We will programme something for all ages across a range of art forms including; Music, Storytelling, Theatre, Radio Drama, Visual Art, Magic, Animation, Poetry and Craft.

The fee is between £600 and £4,000 per artist (excluding VAT).

Please click here to view further information. 

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival call out for ‘Love Micro-Commissions’

Callout launch: 5 th June 2020
Closing date: Sunday 5th July 2020 – midnight

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival (D&G Arts Festival) is the only region-wide performing arts organisation in Dumfries and Galloway (D&G). Our 10-day festival in May is the largest rural performing arts festival in Scotland bringing performance to people in some of the most remote areas of the UK. Since 2016 we have developed and delivered our year-round programme, Arts Live and we are a promoter and performing arts network that supports venues, artists and promoters from across the region, who in turn enable us to curate a diverse year round performing arts programme.

D&G Arts Festival will support 11 performing artists through 11 micro-commissions for sharing with audiences July 2020 – December 2020. Performing artists could be working in dance, theatre, spoken word, music, live art, comedy, interdisciplinary performance.


There are 11 micro-commissions available. Six of the commissions are open to performing artists at any career stage, based anywhere in Scotland. Five of these micro-commissions will be offered to young people between 18-25 who are based in Dumfries and Galloway as part of our Stage-iT programme, with a callout to those ages 15-18 coming soon. We particularly welcome proposals from artists facing additional barriers in their work.

Young artists’ commissions x 5

  • 1 x £1000
  • 2 x £500
  • 2 x £300

For presentation July – December 2020 (Stage iT funded by the Holywood Trust)

Open commissions x 6

  • 1 x £1000
  • 2 x £500
  • 3 x £300

For presentation July – October 2020

We are inviting proposals that respond to the theme of LOVE. What we pay attention to grows. We want to pay attention to artists, the resource D&G and its festival have to offer as a place to make and perform your work and we want to pay attention to LOVE as…

…a catalyst for change (how would you love things to be?) 
…an emotion (what do you love?)
…a feeling of hope (just add love)
…a desire to care (handle with love)

This invitation is our first attempt to work with artists post-Covid-19 and we want to begin a journey of learning what artists and our audiences and communities might need in this new world through this process.


  • Closing date: Sunday 5th July 2020 – midnight
  • Contact email: Kim Simpson, Programmer (Freelance) –
  • Application: CV (no more than two pages)
  • Links to/examples of work (no more than 5)
  • Proposal (no more than two pages or 10mins of video/sound recording) outlining the idea and how it meets the criteria for this micro-commission Alternative formats:

We welcome proposals in formats/languages such as BSL, Braille, sound or video recording or transcribed by phone. We have a budget for removing any barriers you might face in submitting a proposal. Please contact Kim Simpson on if you would like to discuss this or submit your application by phone.

Find out more

Kim Simpson, who recently joined the team at D&G Arts Festival as Programmer, will be running two Zoom coffee shops while the invitation is open for artists considering a proposal. 14:00 – 15:00 on Tuesday 16th June 2020 11:00 – 12:00 on Tuesday 23rd June 2020 Please email up to 24 hours before the session for the link, including any access requirements you may have.

The downloadable document below contains further information that will help you decide if our micro-commission is right for you and to help you with your proposal. It includes why we are doing micro-commissions, how they will work, what we are looking for, who we want to hear from, the selection process and some details about the region of Dumfries and Galloway.

Paid Opportunity for Writers

Calling all writers – if you have a new writing project that could engage with rural communities and support rural pubs, then we want to hear from you!

INN CROWD is a programme of high-quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs across England since 2016. It helps reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.

INN CROWD is now extending its remit to explore how we may engage rural audiences and support rural pubs through remote writer in residence schemes. ENGAGE will pair each successful writer with one of our INN CROWD pubs and ask you to create a piece of new work for the members of that local community.

For full details on the project and details on how to apply just follow this link:

But act quickly… applications are only open until the 10th of May! 

The Library Presents Digitally

Submissions are invited from artists to deliver digital content for The Library Presents arts programme.

Small and medium-sized commissions are available to bring art activities into homes via fun, friendly and exciting digital projects.

Please find the briefs attached and follow the links for full details. They can similarly be found on the Babylon ARTS website here

Bright, young things wanted as BBC seeks to commission more Northern talent

The BBC and Arts Council England backed programme, New Creatives North, are looking for 16-30-year olds to make films and audio work for broadcast

The two-year project which hopes to diversify the content and programming on the BBC continues its search for unique ideas for broadcast.

Northern artists, creators and makers are invited to apply for the New Creatives North talent development scheme this March. The programme has already commissioned over 70 artists from across the North of England and are now looking for more undiscovered voices. Those selected will be in with a chance of seeing their work broadcast on BBC platforms, including BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC Taster and beyond.

The programme is for 16-30 year olds and focusses on giving opportunities to young creatives from all backgrounds – to broaden the range of voices and experiences we hear and see on our screens and radio.

Afshan D’Souza-Lodhi from Manchester was selected to make Chop Chop which has now been seen by tens of thousands on the BBC Sounds platform. D’Souza-Lodhi said “To be selected for New Creatives and to have my audio drama showcased on BBC Sounds has been incredible for my career. I have already been approached by producers who have heard the piece on BBC Sounds and want to work with me.”

The team behind the Northern drive are encouraging applications from anyone, even if you’ve never done anything like it before, Creative Director and the award-winning filmmaker leading the project, Ian Fenton says, “Don’t doubt yourself, just apply! If selected you’ll be supported by industry professionals, you’ll be given guidance, training, skills development and money! You don’t have to be established or have made any work before – you just need to have a good idea.”

The organisers are looking for submissions that cover a wide range of artistic practices. Applications are encouraged from creatives who could be writers, sound artists, podcasters, dancers, performers, musicians, filmmakers, comedians, visual artists, illustrators, animators, poets, storytellers or games designers; or they could be something else entirely.

From the serious to the comedic, the soothing to the provocative, the specific to the abstract New Creatives North are looking for ideas that push the boundaries, make people think, and encourage new ways of understanding the world we currently live in.

Applications for film and audio are now open, to find out more and apply visit

Meanwhile, the latest cohort of northern New Creatives have been selected and includes 10 people who will be supported to make films for BBC iPlayer and 22 who will be supported to make audio work for BBC Sounds.

The youngest creative is Jessica Johnson from Cheshire, who is just 17 and will make a short film exploring a dystopian society inspired by class structures in Britain today.

This newest group of creatives also includes artists who will make the first interactive art pieces with a budget of up to £20,000.

Over the course of the next few months, the artists selected will take part in training and development workshops with experienced professionals to develop their original idea and prepare it for production. They will then be supported by approved production partners to create their work, with input from northern organisations such as Tyneside Cinema, Naked Productions and of course the BBC. The completed work will then have the chance of being selected for a new strand

of programming: BBC Introducing Arts, which will showcase new artistic talent from the UK across BBC platforms, including BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC Taster and beyond.

Spot On Lancashire Digital Commission 2020

Following the success of our first ever digital commission in 2019, with the acclaimed ‘Hit the North’ by Matt Wilkinson, our digital commissioning panel is calling for artists to pitch to create something completely new for 2020. This will be the second commission in what we hope will be a long series of commissions over the next few years. It also coincides with Spot On’s 25th anniversary.

Spot On Lancashire is a rural and library touring scheme. We take the best available art out of theatres and galleries to people who would otherwise not get to see it. The plan is for the finished piece to ‘tour’ to libraries and village halls across Lancashire in October/November 2020. At the beginning of December, the work will be shared nationally as part of our new digital gallery on the Spot On website.

We have an archive of 50 season brochures, posters, flyers, photographs etc. sitting in box files on a shelf. Can you use this as a starting point for a new piece of digital creativity? We have no fixed ideas of what this will be, look or sound like. An artist may choose to extract elements or look at things more holistically. In some ways the archive reflects the evolution of rural Lancashire, of small scale performing arts, of design and technology over the last quarter century. It is up to you. 

There is a fee of £4500 available. Full details can be downloaded here. The closing date for applications is March 10.