Akademi Seed Commissions for Artists

Akademi is inviting proposals from artists practicing South Asian Dance to apply for five seed commissions of £500 each to test a new creative idea for a dance work in unusual settings or context. 

The proposal

The funds on offer are modest, therefore we are not expecting proposals for fully-formed projects. It can be an initial idea that you would like to explore or the start of a much bigger project. 

The idea must have South Asian dance at its core, exploring interesting and innovative ways in which audiences can continue to enjoy this art form, especially in the current situation where communities cannot come together to experience dance in the same way. 

The team at Akademi will be available to have a chat about your proposal before you apply. Please feel free to reach out to us on info@akademi.co.uk to book a telephone appointment.  


At the end of October 2020, we’d like you to share with us the outcomes of your initial thinking and research using a format of your choice.


In no more than 500-words, please:

  • describe your creative idea,
  • explain how it will engage with the audience in an unconventional way or format,
  • let us know how Akademi can support you with the research and development of your idea.

Please submit the application to info@akademi.co.uk by Friday 29 May 6pm.  We also welcome applications by video or audio recordings of no longer than 5 minutes. Successful candidates will be informed by Friday 5 June via email. If you have any questions or would like more details, please write to us and we’ll be happy to assist.

The opportunity is only available to artists living and practicing in the UK.

Akademi is committed to providing Equal Opportunities and therefore we welcome proposals from all artists practicing South Asian Dance including those who identify as disabled.

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