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Percolate Programme

Percolate Open Call | An update

The second round of our Percolate programme was due to open for applications the week of Monday 23rd March. The intention behind Percolate was to be responsive and timely. Considering the exceptional circumstances COVID-19 has us all in, we are now considering carefully how to best deploy these funds.


We hear from artists all the time how difficult it is to support their ideas. Percolate is our response. We want our support to be responsive and timely – to hear what artists need and be able to offer it.

Percolate is a new programme from Siobhan Davies Studios offering flexible support to artists. There will be three open calls per year, offering cash, free studio space and the support of our team for those selected. We want to hear ideas that might not fit into ordinary funding structures, or about something new that you’re testing.

Siobhan Davies Studios supports artists working with dance and choreography. We support work informed by research and investigation, often across varying disciplines and contexts. Whether you’re a dance artist exploring a new piece, a visual-art collective working on a film involving choreography, or a hip-hop dancer delving into new modes of working – or many others besides – we would love to hear from you. We recognise that additional barriers exist in dance and the arts for disabled artists and artists of colour, so we strongly encourage applications from artists identifying in these ways.

Percolate is an all-encompassing programme taking over from our previous Torchlight and Open Choreography programmes. This change allows us to have more frequent call-outs and offer more bespoke support to artists. We will host up to four Percolate Artists each season, who will be central to our artistic programme at Siobhan Davies Studios.

We welcome proposals for:

  • Studio time to develop a new project or idea or revisit something that still interests you
  • Performance events or sharings
  • Talks or discussions
  • Workshops
  • Exhibitions
  • Screenings
  • Other things we’ve not imagined but which would benefit from our support

Public engagement is an important part of our artistic programme. So, we will work with you to ensure your idea reaches an audience, whether in person at a sharing, talk, workshop, screening or exhibition, or if you’d prefer, via our digital platforms.

Support offered (as needed):

  • Seed funds – up to £1000.
  • No-cost space for research, rehearsal or events up to 5 days with the possibility of additional days at a reduced rate)
  • Technical support
  • Marketing support
  • An outside eye / curatorial dialogue
  • Connections with SDD’s networks

Please direct any questions to 

Percolate Progamme 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.

Past Events

OPEN CALL: Percolate Programme, 16 Jan – 12 Feb 2020

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