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  • General

    • I don’t have my own website – can I still apply?

      Yes. You can also give us the link to a social media account or page which showcases your work, for example.

    • I don’t have any documentation of my work – can I still apply?

      Yes. But where possible, please share examples of your work to the selection panel using either still images, audio, video documentation and/or written documents.

    • Can Unlimited give me advice about writing a good application?

      The Unlimited Team are available to support you and answer any questions you have regarding the application process. They cannot advise you regarding the content of your application at this stage, or read any draft applications. However, we have a range of resources on our blog about what makes a strong funding application:

    • Expression of Interest Forms: what kind of information should the ‘Project Description’ contain?

      This is the section of the form where you tell us about the project you would like Unlimited to support. Tell us about your idea, and what context you aim to deliver it in. Remember that Unlimited works across all art forms, at all scales, so be clear as to what type of work you want to create and what setting the ‘final product’ will be suitable for. This short section should give the selection panel a clear sense of what you are looking to do or create, without going into too much detail. If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to provide much more detail about your project and how you will deliver it.

    • Where can I find a producer?

      We recommend you contact people you already know, and tap into your networks to see if anyone familiar with your practice might be interested in supporting your project. Alternatively, we will have contacts of some producers happy to be contacted about potential Unlimited projects (please email james@artsadmin.co.uk for this information), or you could advertise through a platform such as the Artsadmin e-digest. Read more about what a producer might mean for your project, through these blogs: What do we mean by producer?, This thing called producing, and Working with a Producer.

    • When and how will the decisions be made?

      The Expression of Interest Applications will be shortlisted by a panel of industry professionals using the criteria mentioned in the FAQs and in the brief. The panel includes representatives from key partners and 5 members who have been selected through an open application process. Find out more about how the panels work and who is on each panel here. Unlimited staff support the application process but do not vote in the final selection process.

       

      All applicants will be told if they have been shortlisted or not by 4th December 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit full applications, providing more detailed information about their project, by 5th February 2018.

      The panels for all of the commissions and awards will meet in March 2018 and awards will be announced end of March 2018.

    • Is there going to be a representative spread of commissions across UK?

      Yes. The funding from Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales is dedicated for artists/companies based in those locations.

       

      The Emerging Artist Awards may fund work across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, depending on the locations of the successful applications; location is not a selection criteria for these awards.

    • Why are different awards only open to artists and companies based in specific countries?

      Each award is supported by different funders, therefore the funds can only be used to benefit of artists based in those countries.

    • How do I apply?

      Artsadmin has an online portal for all applications to Unlimited.

       

      To start completing your application go to the ‘Apply to Unlimited’ web page.

       

      If this is inaccessible to you, you can apply by using a Word version of the application form. To do this, or you have any other access related questions in relation to applying, please contact Sara sara@shapearts.org.uk / 020 7424 7336

    • When can I apply?

      The application portal for all Expressions of Interest applications is open from 1st September 2017. Deadline for all submissions is 6th November 2017 at 12 noon GMT.

       

      Shortlisted applicants will be notified week of 4th December 2017, and they will be invited to submit a full application by 5th February 2018.

  • Main R&D Awards

    • Do I have to apply for the Wellcome-supported award if my project tackles health-related themes?

      No. Your project may tackle health-related themes but not fulfill other criteria of the Wellcome supported award, or you may choose not to apply to the Wellcome-supported Award even if you have such themes within your project. This will not impact on your project being considered for the Main R&D awards supported by Arts Council England or Arts Council Wales

    • In order to qualify for a Wellcome-supported Award, does my project proposal need to include a named researcher from the health, biomedical or science field?

      No, you do not have to include a named researcher at this point. Proposals for the Wellcome-supported Award will need to demonstrate the potentials for a partnership in some form with a researcher or clinician from the health, biomedical or science field. Examples of this could be initial conversations, or details of an organisation, researcher, or clinician you are intending to approach, and how these partners will be involved in the development of the idea. Wellcome are particularly interested in proposals that value the input and perspectives of all partners. Where Wellcome feel an idea is strong but needs more input from a health or research partner, Wellcome may be able to help with building relationships with appropriate researchers / clinicians.

    • How many Main R&D Awards will Unlimited be funding this round?

      Unlimited is aiming to fund between five to seven Main R&D Awards across England and Wales.

    • What are the criteria for the selection process?

      The Key Criteria are:

      • 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

       

      We will be looking to support a range of work ­– in relation to artform, scale, and location – across the R&D awards.

    • What do we mean by disabled artists and companies having a strong track record in their artistic field?

      We are looking for artists and companies who have shown work widely in public, with strong critical reception. Artists and companies who are at an early stage of their artistic career can apply for Unlimited Emerging Artist Award.

    • Do I need match funding in place to apply?

      Main R&D applicants are not required to provide match funding. However, the grants available are limited and so match funding – confirmed, applied for or anticipated – may strengthen your application, whether in cash or in kind. Grants for the Arts or project-based funding from Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales, cannot be used as match funding.

    • Will I be penalised for submitting just one instance of past work/document on the online application portal?

      No, the work will be judged on quality and relevance, not the number of supporting documents submitted. It is advisable to submit your best work(s).

    • 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, contingency and more. Note that fees should be aligned with industry standards following guidance from artists unions and industry agencies.

       

      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 if relevant.

       

      The balance between your income and expenditure is the amount you are requesting from Unlimited. Read a blog we’ve written about balancing a budget here.

    • What are we looking for in Research & Development stages?

      We’re interested in Research & Development that looks both inward and outward. This might mean considering an artistic idea and the form it might take, and also developing relationships with organisations that can help you take the project further.

  • Emerging Artist Commissions

    • What are the criteria for the selection process?

      The Key Criteria are:

      • 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

       

      We will be looking to support a range of work ­– in relation to artform, scale, and location across the commissions.

    • How do I know how much money to apply for?

      You are not required to submit a detailed budget with the Expression of Interest forms. However, it is recommended that you create a budget breakdown based on what will be required to deliver your project.

      You must consider all of the expenditure that might be involved: industry standard fees for all contributing artists and professionals, materials, space rental, access-related costs, administrative and project management costs, travel, insurance, contingency etc.

      You should also think about the other sources of income for the project, such as other funders, other delivery partners, Access to Work, presentation fees or ticket sales, both in cash and in kind. For reference, you may want to read a blog post about budgets here: http://weareunlimited.org.uk/budget-tells-story

    • How can I budget without knowing specifically where the piece might be shown?

      We appreciate this makes it hard to budget and suggest you work out a ‘unit cost’ for showing your work in different spaces and then indicate how many spaces you ideally would like to see it at in the timescale of the project – we want people to be ambitious but also realistic. It would also really help us to know the kinds of venues you have in mind and the circumstances you prefer. We want artists to be flexible and adaptable but also to be clear about the needs of the work. Your vision for the work is key.

      We’ve also published a blog post about budgeting, you can read it here.

    • What do you mean by match-funding and do I need this in place to apply?

      Match-funds are funds that you contribute to the project from other sources. This may include money from other funders, income generation (through ticket sales) or ‘in-kind’ support. In-kind support includes any non-cash donations made to the project. This could include someone offering their time, services or use of rehearsal/studio space free of charge.

       

      Emerging Artist Award applicants are not required to provide match funding. However, the grants available are limited and so match funding – confirmed, applied for or anticipated – may strengthen your application, whether in cash or in kind. Grants for the Arts or project-based funding from Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales, cannot be used as match funding.

    • Will the artwork be for sale, and will Unlimited take a commission?

      Artwork does not have to be up for sale, and we will work with individuals on a case by case basis to determine any commission fees. These will be determined by negotiation between the Unlimited partners and the selected commissioned artists.  Any print material you produce as part of your work (i.e. catalogues) would be for you to sell and gain income – Unlimited would not expect commission (presenting venues/partners may have different conditions).

    • How long are you expecting live shows to be?

      We don’t have a set length or expectation – it’s for you to determine the nature of your piece. It might be useful to look at similar pieces or talk to venues to see what kind of lengths of work they like. Often shows at Edinburgh Fringe are 50 mins to allow an hour turn around. So think about how long the piece is, what works and also the kind of places you want it seen.

    • When and where will the Unlimited commissions be programmed?

      For artists/companies applying for a ‘Create’ Award, we encourage at least one scratch performance, or sharing/exhibition platform to showcase the work. The arrangement of this will be the responsibility of the lead artist(s) or arts organisation. Unlimited can assist in making connections with our Unlimited partners, venues and programmers, wherever appropriate, but we cannot guarantee placement of work within Southbank Centre’s Unlimited Festival or any other linked events.

    • How many Emerging Awards will Unlimited be funding this round?

      Unlimited is aiming to fund around five Emerging Artist Awards, across both the Create & Participate strands.

    • What are the criteria for the selection process?

      The Key Criteria are:

       

      • 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

       

      We will be looking to support a range of work ­– in relation to artform, scale, and location across the commissions.

    • What do you mean by Research and Development (R&D) and how do I know if I need to include this in my application?

      R&D is an opportunity for artists to test out, experiment and explore new ideas and methods of working, to help develop their projects further. If you do not know any of the details of your project (for example what format it might be best presented in, where it will be showcased, what materials it will utilize, how long it will take to create, how much it will cost) you may need to undertake a period of R&D.

       

      If you need more time to explore your idea and the requirements of the project, then we recommend you include an element of research and development within your budget and project timeline.