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FAQs

If you are completing the full application for the Unlimited commissions please read the FAQs relevant to the strand you are applying for below. If you have further questions contact info@weareunlimited.org.uk.

 

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All FAQs will be available below soon.

  • General

    • What supporting documents should I include in my application?

      Writing about an artistic idea can sometimes be limiting so this is an opportunity for you to give us an insight into your project by using visuals, sound, or creative writing. The content could relate directly to the project (such as documentation of research, or visualisation of ideas or mood boards), but can also be previous work that demonstrates quality. It’s important to select this material carefully so that it informs the application and stays relevant. Please take the time to enter descriptions of visuals and sounds for hearing and visually impaired panel members to enable them to be able to access the content.

    • Will audience members’ access costs be covered?

      It is the responsibility of the applicant to consider how their work will be accessible for audiences and participants in their full application proposal. These costs should be covered within your project budget.

    • Will my access costs be covered?

      Any access costs you incur as an artist or practitioner should be covered by Access to Work if you have self-employed artist status or work as part of an organisation or company. You should include these costs in your budget, both as expenditure and expected income. If you do not draw an income from your work, we will work with you to meet your access costs if you are selected, please still include these figures within your project budget, and speak to your Key Contact for guidance.

    • How do I calculate how much money I am applying for from Unlimited?

      You will need to create an estimated budget for each of the stages of your project, making sure you include professional fees for everyone involved, equipment and materials, access costs, access for audiences, marketing, professional development contingency and more.

      Then, consider all potential income sources including other funding partners (confirmed or expected), in-kind support, grants from other organisations, and fees for the presentation of the work, (including your fee to be part of the Unlimited festival/s for the main and international commissions, if selected to do so). You cannot use any other ACE (or Arts Council of Wales, if relevant) funding to match fund the project.

      The balance between your income and expenditure is the amount you are requesting from Unlimited.

    • What kind of information should the ‘professional development’ section contain?

      Unlimited is about ambition and innovation, and stretching artists’ practices. Please tell us how this project stretches your practice, whether that be in relation to skills, networks, audiences, form, new collaborations…

      Consider what support you might need with regards to this, and ensure you have budgeted for it. Support could include mentoring, training, shadowing, gaining new skills and so forth.

       

    • What kind of information should the ‘access’ section contain?

      Unlimited expects all of the artists it supports to make their creative processes and their art work as accessible as possible, within the remit of their artistic idea. Please tell us more about your approach to access within your creative process and in making your work accessible to audiences. If you are applying to R&D your work, please also detail the support that you will put in place for access at the Showcasing & Presentation stage. All costs incurred should be reflected in your budget.

    • What kind of information should the ‘Unlimited’ section contain?

      Please tell us why your project is right for Unlimited. We are looking for projects that are disabled-led, demonstrate quality, ambition and innovation, and for both main commissions and for international collaborations, are suitable for extensive touring and dissemination.

    • What kind of information should my Project Proposal contain?

      In this section, we want to hear about the art work or project, what are its aims, form, content, and what is it about? We want to have a clear understanding of your idea and how it addresses our Key Criteria.

      If you have already undergone initial research and development for this project, what has been the response to the work?

    • What kind of information should my Project Proposal contain?

      In this section, we want to hear about the art work or project, what are its aims, form, content, and what is it about? We want to have a clear understanding of your idea and how it addresses our Key Criteria.

      If you have already undergone initial research and development for this project, what has been the response to the work?

    • What kind of information should my introduction text contain?

      This section of the application is about giving us a clear and concise summary of the project, naming the artist(s) involved, the themes, forms and aims of the project. This should be no more than 200 words. Should the application be successful, this text will be used on the Unlimited website and within our initial marketing materials (full or edited). It should be clear and to the point.

  • Main Commissions

    • What kind of information should my budget contain?

      A budget template is available, asking for costs for each stage of activity. It is an Excel document with formulas within it to help calculate totals. Please ask your Key Contact should you need any advice or support with the Excel sheet.

      Please give detailed information on all expenditure – including production, presentation, project management, access for the artistic team and for audiences, marketing and mentoring.

      Please include all potential income sources, including information on partnership funding, in-kind support, grants from other organisations, and fees for the presentation of the work, including the fee to be part of the Unlimited festival/s. Please indicate whether the income is confirmed or an estimate.

      Please ensure Showcasing & Presentation budgets indicate how much presentations would cost promoters, including all relevant access costs.

      For Main Commission projects applying for R&D as part of the commission, Unlimited will initially award funding for this first phase of activity only, reassessing the project before committing funds to the remaining stages – Creation & Production and Showcasing & Presentation.

      Unlimited Main Commission Awards will range between £20,000–£80,000 depending on scale and ambition, with an additional minimum match funding of 10% required. Additional match may be considered beneficial by the panel. Applicants will be expected to include costs for access and mentoring within their bids. It is expected that between five to eight works will be commissioned.

      You can read a blog post about budgets here.

       

    • What kind of information should the Project Details: Showcasing & Presentation section contain?

      We expect Unlimited commissions to be showcased in a minimum of 2 different locations before October 2018, excluding Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival and other festival opportunities celebrating Unlimited (within the UK and possibly internationally) in late August/Sept/early October 2016. Most works would be expected to be showcased in many more locations than this minimum. We would expect work to premiere anytime from Spring 2018, although it may be earlier if that suits your timeline.

      This section is an opportunity to explain the types of contexts and venues suitable for the work. Please give details of conversations you have had with potential presenting partners, if any. Your budget should reflect the number of presentations you are aiming to do as part of Unlimited.

    • What kind of information should the Project Details: Creation & Production section contain?

      In this section, please focus on the logistics and planned timetable for the creation and production of the piece. This might include information about the type of spaces and tools used for production, potential collaborators and how the project will be managed.

    • What kind of information should the Project Details: Research & Development section contain?

      This section is optional, and should ONLY be filled out if you are including a Research and Development stage in your activity. It should include details of the proposed activity, the research focus, who will be involved, when and where it might take place and the outcomes you are looking for.

    • What kind of information should the ‘Project Timeline’ section contain?

      Unlimited runs to a specific schedule and this is your opportunity to consider and explain how your project fits with these.

      For a main commission, Unlimited’s schedule is as follows:

      April 2017: contracts made, deliverables and timelines agreed between artists and Unlimited

      May 2017: awards made and projects can start

      November 2017: latest dates for possible sharings/showcasing for research and development period if relevant

      December 2017: If project has had an R&D, latest date to confirm next phase of contracts

      Spring-October 2018: showcase and disseminate finished commissions, including at the Unlimited Festivals

    • What is the Key Criteria for Unlimited Main Commissions?
      • disability-led
      • quality, innovation and ambition
      • strong track record of creating work and reaching audiences
      • strong artist/producer relationship evidenced
      • strong collaborations and partnerships (these can include those with non-disabled led companies/artists/producers)
      • flexibility/adaptability to ensure works engage with a range of venue sizes/scales
      • lead artist or company is resident in England
  • Main R&D Awards

    • What kind of information should my budget contain?

      A budget template is available. It is an Excel document with formulas within it to help calculate totals. Please ask your Key Contact should you need any advice or support with the Excel sheet.

      Please give detailed information on all expenditure as relevant – including production, presentation, project management, access for the artistic team and for audiences, marketing and mentoring.

      Please include all potential income sources, including information on partnership funding, in-kind support, grants from other organisations, and any potential fees for the presentation of the work (though this is not expected as part of R&D). Please indicate whether the income is confirmed or an estimate.

      Unlimited Main R&D Awards will range between £5,000- £10,000, depending on scale and ambition, with an additional minimum match funding of 10% required. This is the same for artists based in England and Wales. Additional match may be considered beneficial by the panel. Applicants will be expected to include costs for access in their bids. It is expected that between five and eight Research and Development awards will be granted.

      You can read a blog post about budgets here.

    • What kind of information should the ‘Project Timeline’ section contain?

      Unlimited runs to a specific schedule and this is your opportunity to consider and explain how your project fits with these.

      For a main R&D award, Unlimited’s schedule is as follows:

      April 2017: contracts made, deliverables and timelines agreed between artists and Unlimited

      May 2017: awards made and projects can start

      March 2018: it is assumed you will be able to complete your R&D activity within a year, but this is negotiable.

      We hope to support research and development sharings/showcasing if relevant, depending on the timescales of the selected projects.

    • What is the Key Criteria for Unlimited Main Research and Development Awards?
      • disability-led
      • quality, innovation and ambition
      • strong track record of creating work and reaching audiences
      • existing collaborations and partnerships (these can include those with non-disabled led companies/artists/producers) – or plans to develop these through the R&D
      • lead artist or company is resident in England or Wales
  • International Commissions

    • What kind of information should my budget contain?

      A budget template is available, asking for costs for each stage of activity. It is an Excel document with formulas within it to help calculate totals. Please ask your Key Contact should you need any advice or support with the Excel sheet.

      Please give detailed information on all expenditure – including production, presentation, project management, access for the artistic team and for audiences, marketing and mentoring.

      Please include all potential income sources, including information on partnership funding, in-kind support, grants from other organisations, and fees for the presentation of the work, including the fee to be part of the Unlimited festival/s. Please indicate whether the income is confirmed or an estimate.

      Please ensure Showcasing & Presentation budgets indicate how much presentations would cost promoters, including all relevant access costs.

      For International Commissions, Unlimited will initially award funding for the Research & Development phase of activity only. In November 2017, plans for each project with be assessed and a smaller number of them will be awarded funding towards the remaining stages – Creation & Production and Showcasing & Presentation. We require a full project budget at this stage as part of the application to understand the scale and parameters of the activity. We understand that your budget may shift after the R&D phase.

      Unlimited International Commission Awards will range as follows, depending on scale and ambition:

       

      • R&D awards will range between £15,000-£25,000 for artists in England and £8,000 – £20,000 for artists in Wales, with an additional minimum match funding of 10% required (not including in-kind support).
      • ‘Creation & Production’ and ‘Showcasing & Presentation’ budgets will range between £50,000-£100,000 for artists in England and £40,000 – £80,000 for Wales), with an additional minimum match funding of 10% required (not including in kind support). Additional match may be considered beneficial by the panel.

      It is expected that between four to six International R&D processes will be supported, and from those, two to four full International Commissions. You can read a blog post about budgets here

    • What kind of information should the Project Details: Showcasing & Presentation section contain?

      We expect Unlimited commissions to be showcased in a minimum of 2 different locations internationally before October 2018, excluding Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival and other festival opportunities celebrating Unlimited (within the UK and possibly internationally) in late August/Sept/early October 2016. Most works would be expected to be showcased in many more than this minimum. We would expect work to premiere anytime from Spring 2018, although it may be earlier if that suits your timeline.

      This section is an opportunity to explain the types of contexts and venues suitable for the work, and any specific international contexts you have in mind for presentation. Please give details of conversations you have had with potential presenting partners, if any. Your budget should reflect the number of presentations you are aiming to do as part of Unlimited.

    • What kind of information should the Project Details: Creation & Production section contain?

      In this section, please focus on the logistics and planned timetable for the creation and production of the piece. This might include information about the type of spaces and tools used for production, potential collaborators and how the project will be managed.

       

    • What kind of information should the Project Details: Research & Development section contain?

      This section should include details of the Research and Development stage in your activity: what is the research focus, who will be involved, when and where it might take place, and what you hope to be the outcomes of this period. Please ensure that if you are showcasing the result of your R&D in a country other than the UK, you need to budget for travel/accommodation costs to enable a team member from Unlimited to attend.

    • What kind of information should the About the Artistic Collaboration section contain?

      The artistic collaboration between a UK-based artist (or organisation) and an international artist (or organisation) is at the heart of Unlimited International commissions. Please give us details as to the nature of the collaboration, the history behind it, any previous work or common interests and how the project can be described as ‘disability–led’. This may also be an opportunity to let us know how this collaboration will impact on each of the partners’ wider practices.

    • What kind of information should the ‘Project Timeline’ section contain?

      Unlimited runs to a specific schedule and this is your opportunity to consider and explain how your project fits with these.

      For an international collaboration, Unlimited’s schedule is as follows:

      April 2017: contracts made, deliverables and timelines agreed between artists and Unlimited

      May 2017: awards made and projects can start

      Sept 2017: International research and development periods end; sharings/showcasing if relevant

      October: International collaborations put forwards their plans for future development

      November 2017:

      Selection of projects that are most appropriate and ready for Unlimited International full commissioning. Confirm next phase of contracts for these artists.

      Spring-October 2018: showcase and disseminate finished commissions, including at any Unlimited Festival/s

    • What is the Key Criteria for Unlimited International Commissions?
      • disability-led
      • quality, innovation and ambition
      • strong track record of creating work and reaching audiences
      • strong artist/producer relationship evidenced
      • strong collaborations and partnerships (these can include those with non-disabled led companies/artists/producers)
      • flexibility/adaptability to ensure works engage with a range of venue sizes/scales
      • lead artist or company is resident in England or Wales
      • artistic collaboration between disabled artist(s) based in England or Wales and disabled artists living outside of the UK
  • Emerging Artist Commissions

    • What kind of information should my budget contain?

      A budget template is available, asking for costs for each stage of activity. It is an Excel document with formulas within it to help calculate totals. Please ask your Key Contact should you need any advice or support with the Excel sheet.

      Please give detailed information on all expenditure – including production, presentation, project management, access for the artistic team and for audiences, marketing and mentoring.

      Please include all potential income sources, including information on partnership funding, in-kind support, grants from other organisations, and fees for the presentation of the work. Please indicate whether the income is confirmed or an estimate.

      It is expected that Unlimited commission awards will range between £2,500­­–£10,000 depending on scale and ambition. It is expected that between four and six projects will be commissioned.

      Applicants will be expected to include access support for the creative team, audiences and participants. 10% of the budget must be match funded (funded from another source) the budget should demonstrate any other income, such as access-to-work, other commissioning or presenting fees, and support in-kind. The 10% match can be all in-kind, or combine cash and in-kind.

      You can read a blog post about budgets here.

       

    • What kind of information should the ‘Project Timeline’ section contain?

      Unlimited runs to a specific schedule and this is your opportunity to consider and explain how your project fits with these.

      For an emerging award, Unlimited’s schedule is as follows:

      April 2017: contracts made, deliverables and timelines agreed between artists and Unlimited

      May 2017: awards made and projects can start

      March 2018: it is assumed you will be able to complete your activity within a year, but this is negotiable.

      We hope to support sharings/showcasing of works if relevant, depending on the timescales of the selected projects.

    • What is the Key Criteria for Unlimited Emerging Awards? • disability-led
      • disability-led
      • quality, innovation and ambition
      • artist/producer relationship planned or developed
      • collaborations and partnerships (including with non-disability led companies/ artists/producers) planned or developed