A performance - a performer fully draped in a silver material so that they cant be seen crouching on the floor.
Open Choreography Performance Evening, 2018. Photo: Erin Gavaghan.
Someone lying on the ground outside reading.
Next Choreography Festival, 2018. Photo: Gorm Ashurst.
Close up of a face seen at three quarter view. The image is from a TV screen so is pixelated.
Next Choreography Festival, 2018. Photo: Gorm Ashurst.
Two artists working outside, one is capturing the other on their phone and the image is seen in the screen over their shoulder.
Next Choreography Festival, 2018. Photo: Gorm Ashurst.
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Percolate Programme

Siobhan Davies Studios’ Percolate Programme offers flexible support to artists working with dance and choreography across disciplines, formats and contexts.

We launched our Percolate Programme in February 2020 and planned to continue offering support throughout the year. This was paused due to the financial effects of the pandemic. We are pleased to be able to relaunch Percolate with an adapted offer and thanks to support from the Cultural Recovery Fund.

Percolate 2021 | Open Call

We are offering:

  • Four awards of £1000 for activity accompanied by some kind of public engagement as part of our programme.
  • Four awards of £500 towards any form of research or development time, with or without public engagement.

All projects will also receive:

  • Access to our spaces online and at the studios (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)
  • Our organisation’s expertise and support

Find out more in the Artist Brief – available as a PDF here or as a playlist on our Soundcloud here.


We welcome applications that propose all kinds of activity; from independent practice to public presentations of work, in whatever form that is appropriate to you and your project.

When applying for the £1000 award we anticipate that artists will propose some kind of public engagement as part of their project. The £500 research funds are to support any work you need to do to develop your practice and you do not need to propose public output when applying for these funds.


We are committed to amplifying practices that reflect a range of backgrounds that might crossover between art forms, but are rooted in dance and choreography. We are inviting professional artists with different skills, experiences and voices to join us. We actively encourage applications from those who consider themselves as experiencing marginalisation in this field.


In line with requirements from our funders, we are looking for artists to join us between January and April 2021, though some activities may need to extend beyond this time.Studio time to develop a new project or idea or revisit something that still interests you

Important Information

Application deadlines

There are two deadlines for this round of Percolate. At each deadline we will select two projects for each award – this means two projects supported with £1000 and two with £500 at each deadline.

The two deadlines are:

  • Thursday 17 December 2020, 12pm
  • Tuesday 2 March 2021, 12pm.

We intend to share feedback with unsuccessful applicants from the first round in time for them to reapply ahead of the second deadline.

Application forms

A document detailing the application questions for both strands can be downloaded as a PDF here. Please use this to draft your application.

To submit your application please complete one of our Google forms:

Access Support

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.


Selection will be made by a panel, consisting of Siobhan Davies Studios staff and two invited artists.

Get in touch

Please direct any questions to Rohanne and Rosa, by emailing contact@siobhandavies.com.

Percolate Programme FAQ

Can international artists apply?

Although we encourage UK-based artists to apply, international artists can also apply if they can outline a clear connection to the UK dance community in their application. For example, having studied in the UK or collaboration with UK artists and organisations. International artists will also need to have a clear outline of how they plan to fund their travel.

Are travel costs covered?

Travel will not be an additional cost that Siobhan Davies Studios covers. However, you can use your requested funding amount for travel and include this in your budget. If you do not want to use the funding for travel, you must outline how you intend to pay for travel in your application. 

If I am unsuccessful can I apply again?

Yes, definitely! We would encourage you to apply again should you be unsuccessful the first time around.

How many days of studio space can I apply for?

You can apply for up to 5 days of free studio space at Siobhan Davies Studios which would either be in our Roof Studio or Research Studio. If you would like more than 5 days, this can be negotiated at a subsidised rate.

Do I need to have completed any training?

No, formal dance training or education is not a requirement. However, we do expect applicants to have a professional practice.

Where is the Google Application Form?

You can find a link to the Google Application Form on the Artist’s Brief. Otherwise, click here.

Can I use spaces at Siobhan Davies Studios, other than the Roof and Research Studios?

Yes, if you are interested in utilising other spaces in the building (e.g. kitchen, parlour, stairwell, mezzanine, etc.) please outline this in your application and your reasoning behind it. 

I want to work with dancers, but I don’t have a network to draw from, what can Siobhan Davies Studios offer?

Siobhan Davies Studio’s doesn’t have resident dancers/performers. If you are keen to collaborate with dance artists but don’t have a network to draw from, Siobhan Davies Studios can support you in putting out an ‘open call’ to our network. You would need to manage this process; from writing the brief to managing responses and selections. This can be a lengthly process so we would recomend allowing at least 2 – 3 months before your chosen dates to be in the building.