Artist Call Out

UPDATE 20/07/2020: Festival Commissions and Micro-commissions are now CLOSED. Applications for the Libraries Commission will remain open until 31 July. 


We are excited to announce the following commissions for d/Deaf and/or disabled artists.

Working in partnership DaDaFest, Unlimited and the Granada Foundation are inviting d/Deaf and/or disabled artists to apply for either one of 10 micro Commissions of up to a £1,000 or one of 4 Festival Commissions of up to £2,500. The commissions are designed to be presented as part of DaDaFest’s 2020/21 season of activities and some will be highlighted as part of DaDaFest International in November 2020.

Also, in partnership with Cultural Hubs, a further Libraries Commission will be a digital project by a d/Deaf or disabled artist, or disabled-led companies, responding to the idea of a public lending library. This commission will sit alongside the four large Festival Commissions being presented in late November 2020, and comes with a production budget of £2,500.

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DaDaFest is a pioneering disability and Deaf arts organisation based in the heart of Liverpool with a national and international reputation for delivering high quality and accessible events and projects, including a critically acclaimed festival programme. 

DaDaFest is disability led and focused to reflect the lived experience of disability. We believe that disability is a social issue – it is systemic barriers, negative attitudes and exclusion by society (purposely or inadvertently) that are the main contributory factors in “disabling” people. DaDaFest uses the arts to educate, challenge attitudes, identify and remove the barriers that restrict life choices for disabled people.


Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences. It is the largest supporter of disabled artists worldwide.

Unlimited is a commissioning programme, transitioning to an organisation. It works with disabled artists from all over the UK. Unlimited aims to change perceptions of disabled people by commissioning disabled artists to make new, ground-breaking and high quality work.

The Granada Foundation

The Granada Foundation encourages and promotes the study, practice and appreciation of science and the arts, including drawing, architecture and landscape architecture, sculpture, literature, music, opera, drama, dance, cinema and the methods and means of their dissemination.

The Foundation has been a long-term supporter of DaDaFest International and the work of disabled artists.

Cultural Hubs

Cultural Hubs is an award-winning arts in libraries project that brings a broad range of arts events into all St Helens Borough Libraries.

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