Applications are now open for European Deaf and/or disabled artists who are seeking co-producers for new artistic works based in dance practice, choreography or movement.

This Open Call is issued by Europe Beyond Access (EBA), a consortium of 10 leading European dance and performing arts organisations. Europe Beyond Access supports disabled and/or Deaf artists to break the glass ceilings of the contemporary performing arts sector and to become Europe’s next artistic leaders.

Who can apply?

Applicants who self-define as Deaf or disabled are eligible to apply. EBA Co-productions must be led by one or more Deaf and/or disabled artist. Or, the productions may be led by collectives that include disabled artists in equal positions of leadership. The application itself must be made by the Deaf and/or disabled lead artist or artists, or those working collaboratively.

The lead Artist(s) must have previous experience of making work, in either local, national or international contexts. Proposals can come from independent artists with or without a producer or production support or proposals can come from artists working with established companies.

Artists must be resident in one of the countries of the European Union, or in any of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Iceland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Tunisia, United Kingdom and Ukraine.

Artists can apply in writing, by recording audio or via video in sign language.

What are they looking for?

EBA wants to support artists to make more ambitious and innovative work. This could be a first international production and/or a project that includes more collaborators, for example. However, proposals should be achievable and be a logical next step in an applicant’s practice or career.

EBA is flexible on how the works can be presented but they must be transferrable and flexible to be shown in different locations. The projects can be presented on stage or in an alternative format (for example film, installation, or site-specific work).

Submitted ideas and projects can be at various stages of development, but must not yet be in production.

Following the initial deadline, shortlisted projects will enter into a period of idea development and discussion with the EBA partners. Then the applicants will submit a more detailed application in September 2024. A minimum of three new artistic productions or projects will be supported.

What support is provided?

The project offers co-production support of between 15,000 EUR and 40,000 EUR for each project. The consortium offers opportunity for public presentation at two or more of the partners’ venues, companies or festivals.

Deadline: 19 May 2024

Apply here