Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre are looking to commission Artists to make unique performances to be included in their brand new off-site programme of work ‘This is for You Dundee’.

(Applications open until Friday 11th September 2020)

This is for you Dundee is a creative response to the current moment we find ourselves as an artistic community. Our theatre has been shut since March and since then we have had limited ways in which to reach our audiences. Our digital programme ‘Where are you Dundee?’ (Ref has opened up all sorts of new opportunities for us to engage with new audiences online and we are excited about what we have been able to achieve in this area. However, with early restrictions having been lifted a little more, we now find ourselves ready and passionate about beginning to make live performance again. We are now looking to commission freelance artists and independently led organisations to make pop-up performances that engage creatively with the people of Dundee, celebrating the resilience of communities and exploring the transformative power of the performing arts.

At this stage, we anticipate that the delivery of the performances will happen across two mini-seasons: 9th-22nd November 2020 and 8th-21st March 2021, subject to change. Specific timings will be negotiated with individual artists on successful appointment.

Details of micro commission:

  • We are offering six Artist micro commissions with a budget of £5,000 each. The awards are to pay artists for their own time, materials and any associated costs in delivering the project out with the in-house support listed below.  
  • Each micro commission will be allocated one supported production week (including performances in the community).
  • Rehearsal space in our building will be offered where possible and in line with changing government guidelines and advice for safe working. Although we anticipate that the majority of the project will happen outside the venue.       
  • Selected proposals will receive technical advice and support from one member of DRSDT staff. Subject to agreement and availability, they will also have access to core technical equipment.
  • Selected proposals will receive producing support from one member of DRSDT Programming and Planning Team.
  • All performances will be promoted in the context of DRSDT's alternative seasons of work. Artists will be responsible for any additional marketing activity.
    • DRSDT will provide some photography and video documentation for promotional purposes.
    • All commissioned artists will be invited to take part in a group feedback and support session with an Associate Director in order to develop a community approach to making work for the city and develop a connected network of commission pieces.

Given the current uncertainty we expect project ideas to be flexible and low-tech and in keeping with governmental guidelines on social distancing as it progresses, and happen outdoors.

Selection criteria:

We are inviting interest from artists with a practice in making live performance and a passion for engaging with communities and spaces within their work.

This opportunity is open to those with experience of working outdoors as well as those for whom this would be a new adventure in their work. It is open to artists in all stages of their career, but not to students at this time.

Applications will be assessed on the clarity and strength of their proposal and the potential of this project to connect with people and place.

We recognise there are barriers to working in performance and that these challenges are experienced more acutely by some people. We are committed to increasing the diversity of artists working in our sector and especially welcome applications from those who identify as having characteristics currently under-represented in our sector. This includes disabled people, those with parental responsibilities and people from all backgrounds. We are particularly keen on supporting people of colour and those from minority ethnic backgrounds.

How to apply:

We recognise that some application processes can be a barrier for some people and that there are a number of additional challenges in the present context. We would like to make the process as clear and accessible as possible and propose two stages of application.

Stage 1:

  • Submit a description of your idea for the project and how it will engage creatively with Dundee using either two sides of A4 (max) or a 5-minute video (max) uploaded to Vimeo or another platform. If you choose to submit by video, please don’t worry about the quality of the video or the camera skills. 

Please also include a link to more information about yourself and your practice or attach a CV. We would also encourage you to tell us if you identify as sharing one or more of the prioritised characteristics we outlined above. 

All applicants will be reviewed by a panel of DRSDT artistic team and invited external advisors and a shortlist will be taken through to Stage 2.

Stage 2:

  • All shortlisted applicants will be invited to a 15-minute Zoom where you will be asked to talk more about your idea and how it will work in practice. You will be asked to submit an outline of your proposed budget at this stage and details of the support you feel would beneficial to enable you to deliver the project.

 The Zoom panel will involve three members of the DRSDT artistic team, two external advisors, and two members of the local community in Dundee.

Application Support: 

If you would like any of this information in a different format or require further support in making an application, please contact us directly. Please also tell us about any access requirements you may have to support you to undertake this project.

Applications should be returned by email to by Friday 11th September 2020. You will hear about the shortlist decisions by 18th September 2020 and about the final commissioning outcomes by 5th October 2020.

To access our BSL Interpreted, Captioned and Audio Described 'call out' see below:

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Audio Described & Captioned: Click Here