Submit ideas for Culture in Quarantine Fund commissions by 8 April 2020

The Culture in Quarantine Fund is a new commissioning strand launched by BBC Arts with Arts Council England and managed by The Space to support England-based artists of any discipline to produce new works in creative media – video, audio and interactive – in spring 2020. The deadline for ideas is Wednesday 8 April at 5pm.

The Space is looking for creatively ambitious ideas that feel that they could have been made at no other time. Commissions do not need to be about the current COFID-19 emergency but must engage imaginatively with ideas of social isolation. The requirements of social distancing must also be adhered to in the making of the work.

The work you propose should be novel and aim to deliver a creative and engaging audience experience and be clear about the specific audiences they aim to appeal to. You may request £3,000 to £8,000 (ex. VAT) from the Culture in Quarantine fund. The Space can 100% fund projects or part-fund them.

You can apply via the Space's online system, using the links below. They are asking for:

  • a brief overview of your idea and how it could be made;
  • an estimated budget, and;
  • information about your previous work.

Ideas can be submitted by individual professional artists based in England or by cultural organisations on behalf of artist(s) based in England.

The deadline for applications is 5pm BST, Wednesday 8 April 2020.

Before applying read the Commissioning Brief (download below), and also consider using the budget template and consult the terms and conditions on the Space's website.

Apply here.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must either be:

  • An established professional artist (or artists) resident in England
  • A cultural organisation with a registered office in England that is applying on behalf of such artist(s)
  • An established professional artist is a person who has been paid to produce artistic work in the last three years, whether through public funding or private sales or commissions.

The Space is providing funds for the creation of artistic works that can be initially experienced by audiences on the BBC’s online platforms, TV channels or radio stations before potentially being published elsewhere. Formats might include:

  • TV broadcast or online video content
  • Radio, podcast or other audio content
  • Interactive content (eg. 360-degree videos, interactive narratives).

The project must be delivered before the end of July 2020. Please note that the purpose of this programme is to respond during the period of social distancing, so we will be looking for some projects that can be broadcast/published as soon as practical, with others to follow over the subsequent weeks.

Supporting diversity

The Space wants to support a diverse range of applicants that work in a broad range of artforms, disciplines and geographical areas. It will select a balance of artists and creative practitioners who are representative of this country and who contribute to the Arts Council’s Creative Case for Diversity, including applicants who identify as a D/deaf or disabled person, have a long-term health condition or are from an under-represented protected characteristic group.


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