Plugged In is our exciting new project, starting in September 2021 and continuing until January 2022. The project will work specifically with artists with protected characteristics to create a range of digital and/or live performance work, and will engage rural audiences both digitally and in person. The project’s aims are:
• To support performance artists with protected characteristics to have greater understanding of, and access to, rural audience demographics and distribution opportunities.
• To upgrade and diversify the portfolio of work available for the rural creative circuit and its audiences.
• To engage new audiences in the digital world.
• To broaden the cultural ambitions and horizons of existing rural audiences.
As part of this project, we are looking for:
2 Commission Opportunities: Specifically from artists who self-identify as Disabled. Our approach is informed by the social model of Disability with an understanding of intersectionality.
3 Pieces of Existing Work: From any artist who considers themselves to have characteristics protected by the 2010 Equality Act. We wholeheartedly welcome and anticipate applications from any artist who feels that their voice and story may be under-represented amongst rural audiences to apply with existing work. This includes artists from all backgrounds, including those of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, artists identifying as LGBTQIA+ and artists who have a disability or other protected characteristics.
All artists applying must be over the age of 18 and based in the UK.
As well as completed pieces of work, a big part of this project will be inclusive creative engagement activities that can run in conjunction with your work. We would like you to think about any additional enhancement activities you could offer to build intrigue and engagement in both your performance and the project. We want the project to feel as much of a shared experience between audience and performer as possible.