Artist Archive | Open Call

A new annual programme dedicated to the revival and rehoming of existing works.

Artist Archive reduces and renews in place of the pressure to constantly innovate and increase output.

The programme questions the standard forms and hierarchies of what an archive is and who gets to have one, giving precedence to artists and their past works that: 

  • were unfunded or underfunded
  • had few opportunities to be presented 
  • might otherwise be lost or forgotten
  • resist the mainstream  

We’re interested in how the transient nature of dance is remembered, and in revisiting works completed or unfinished, however rough and ready. We’re not interested in slick or flashy restaging. 

This opportunity is open to dance artists, choreographers, and movement practitioners, as well as artists from other disciplines who are working with or have worked with dance and choreography.

There are 3 strands of Artist Archive to apply for: Live, Material and Digital.

— Live Archive

Up to 3 opportunities, £800 – £2000

This strand opens up artists’ unseen processes and presents them in a one-off live event.  

This might involve sharing excerpts of old notebooks or footage from any stage of a process, live demonstration and/or conversations with past collaborators. We are open to different formats, kinds of content and durations beyond the examples given above as long as it happens LIVE. 

Activity in this strand can take place at the studios or remotely at another location.


Live Archive 1: before 1 June 2022 
Live Archive 2: before 30 November 2022 
Live Archive 3: before 1 March 2023 

— Material Archive

Up to 2 opportunities, £1000 – £3000

This strand focuses on elements of past work to be presented in installation or exhibition format. We are interested in all/any of the disciplines that collaborate with dance and imagine sound, text, lighting, costume, set or video being presented.  

Work may be installed in our courtyard, corridors, windows or on our walls. The work should be visible and accessible to visitors, neighbours and passers-by. See some images of our spaces here.


Installation to be completed between April and September 2022.

Material Archives can remain public for up to 1 year depending on the nature of the work. 

— Digital Archive

Up to 2 opportunities, £1000 – £3000 

This strand focuses on making past work/processes accessible online. The Digital Archive is a new area of practice for SDS and we are open to a range of approaches, anything from a recording of a past performance to something experimental or interactive. Content might be comprised of anything from production notes or drawings, rehearsal documentation, trailers, interviews, performance extracts, audience reactions, artists’ reflection, less and/or more. 

Each Digital Archive will be hosted on the Siobhan Davies Studios website or a connected microsite, depending on the nature of the work. You can see how our website has been used to date, by exploring the WebRes2020 programme here.


Digital Archive 1: before 1 September 2022
Digital Archive 2: before 1 April 2023 

Digital Archives will remain public for a minimum of 1 year.

Apply to artist archive

Apply by completing our online application form.

In the application form you can make one proposal for each strand, in either text or audio format. We suggest that each audio proposal be around 10-15 minutes in total.

We ask you for the following:  

  • About your practice (max 200 words if in text) 
  • Your Archive proposal (max 450 words if in text) 
  • A proposed timeline 
  • A proposed budget, detailing how the fund will be spent 
  • Your CV, uploaded and ideally around 2 pages in length 
  • A link to your website (optional)
  • Documentation of the work proposed, uploaded or linked. 

Deadline: 11 February 2022, midday.

All applicants will be contacted by 11 March 2022.

Things to consider when applying

  • Your budget must include paying yourself and any collaborators.
  • The scale of your proposal, for whichever strand, should be achievable within the budget available 
  • Be clear about the shared ownership of collaborative practice and ensure you have, or will have, the consent of any collaborators who were involved in the work 
  • Material Archive only: please tell us why you think this work is suitable for the location you propose and what resources you think its presentation will demand.

Application Support  

If you have questions, please get in touch by emailing

If you have access needs that will affect your ability to apply for this opportunity, please contact us and one of our team (not involved in the selection process) can offer you additional support. This can take the form of a conversation (up to 1 hour) or proof reading of your application and written feedback.

Online Q&A
24th Jan | 4 – 5.30pm

Join Co-Artistic Directors Annie and Kat, plus Content and Communications Manager Rohanne, to talk about Artist Archive. Please come with your questions and thoughts about this call out and the work or practice you want to apply with.

Frequently Asked Questions

— Can I make more than one application? 

You can make one proposal for each strand within the same application. Please note that we may propose funding only one strand of your application. The application form will ask you for a proposal, budget and timeline for each strand.  

— How much can I apply for? 

You can apply for between £800 – £2000 for Live Archive and £1000 – £3000 for each of the Material and Digital Archives.  

— What should I include in my budget? 

Please consider the cost of: 

  • Fees: you should set an hour/day rate and propose how long you and others will work on your project. This might include artists, contributors or technical support fees for example.
  • Transport costs: do you or others need to travel to complete this work?  
  • Material costs: purchasing materials, printing, bespoke installation etc.
  • Contingency: we propose 3% 
  • Other: Insurance or Access costs

— What does ‘up to 2 or 3 opportunities’ mean?

The number of projects we accept and fund will depend on the applications made and how much support each proposal requires. If several artists propose budgets at the lower end of the scale, then we can potentially accept more applications than if each artist applies for the maximum amount. This is not meant to deter artists from asking for the amount they need. 

— Who is eligible? 

We welcome applications from artists and for works that fit the criteria listed above: works/practice that received little to no funding, had too few opportunities to be presented, are at risk of being forgotten outside of an immediate community, and that resist mainstream sites of production and presentation.

This opportunity is open to dance artists, choreographers, and movement practitioners, as well as artists from other disciplines who are working with or have worked with dance and choreography.

The artist applying must be UK based. 

Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from those in full time education.

— What support and resources can SDS offer?  

We can offer: 

  • Two days of studio space and front of house support for events in the Live Archive strand.  
  • Support with basic installation/mounting in the Material Archive strand. 
  • Basic technical support for Digital Archives. 
  • Communications support 
  • The offer of an outside eye 
  • Connections with SDS’s networks