DD Day 2021 – 4 new artist commissions

We are excited to be able to offer 4 artists commissions for women* this year as part of our Delia Derbyshire Day 2021 project.

These will be 2 x new electronic music/sound and 2 x more visual based art commissions.

So we will present 2 new audio-visual works on DD Day 2021.

Please see info below on how to apply.  Deadline is midnight on 14 May. Good luck!

Artists start commissions: 1 June 2021

If you would like to ask any questions or talk about these opportunities, email Caro (project manager) at deliaderbyshireday@gmail.com

If you need any help with accessibility to apply for this opportunity, please do contact us and we will find a solution.

This opportunity is funded by Arts Council England and The Granada Foundation, hence the North West England regional focus.

* We use an inclusive definition of the word women, welcoming applications from artists who also identify as non-binary, trans and marginalised gender.

Women* are underrepresented in electronic music and digital arts so part of Delia Derbyshire Day’s charitable aims is to support women* artists.

Electronic music/sound commission application info

We are excited to be able to offer 2 new electronic music/sound based commissions as part of our Delia Derbyshire Day 2021 project. You will collaborate with an artist from another artform (dance/movement, visual art, digital visual art, creative technology, multi-media) to create an exciting new work inspired by Delia, her archive and her work. We have also come up with the theme of “imagination” – like Delia and her The BBC Radiophonic Workshop colleagues we want to look beyond limitations. We love Delia’s colleague Dick Mills’ description: “necessity is the mother of invention.” The work will be premiered online as part of DD Day 2021 (23 November 2021) and further performance opportunities could be offered. You need to show understanding of Delia’s work and working methods – you can research about Delia online. We want you to be bold and dedicated to your craft, like Delia was.

In collaboration, you will produce a new work (max 12 mins) inspired by Delia and theme of imagination. You will interact with the Delia Derbyshire Archive at John Ryland Library, Manchester.

Payment of £1000 includes all costs for the presentation of your new collaborative work at DD Day 2021 (online and possibly live in-person event), a blog post and an online and/or in person conversation about your commission. Further performance opportunities will be paid separately.

We are interested in supporting new work that is multi-disciplinary and cross-generational, inviting nourishing exchanges between artists. We are therefore looking to support artists of all ages (18+) and levels of experience.

How to apply

On 2 sides of A4 maximum, or 4 minutes audio/video please tell us:

  • About your work and experience

  • The inspiration for your new work – what do you want to do?

  • How will your new work be inspired by Delia Derbyshire?

  • What kind of visual based artist would you like to collaborate with?

  • 2 links to your work – website, youtube channel etc

  • Tell us why we should choose you!

Please email your application to deliaderbyshireday@gmail.com or via the contact form on this website.

Deadline for applications: midnight on 14 May 2021

Artists start commission: 1 June 2021

Visual based artist commission application info

Artforms: dance/movement, visual art, digital visual art, creative technology, multi-media, surprise us!

We are excited to be able to offer 2 new visual based art commissions as part of our Delia Derbyshire Day 2021 project. You will collaborate with a music/sound artist to create an exciting new work inspired by Delia, her archive and her work. We have also come up with the theme of “imagination” – like Delia and her The BBC Radiophonic Workshop colleagues we want to look beyond limitations. We love Delia’s colleague Dick Mills’ description: “necessity is the mother of invention.” The work will be premiered online as part of DD Day 2021 (23 November 2021) and further performance opportunities could be offered. You need to show understanding of Delia’s work and working methods – you can research about Delia online. We want you to be bold and dedicated to your craft, like Delia was.

In collaboration, you will produce a new work (max 12 mins) inspired by Delia and theme of imagination. You will interact with the Delia Derbyshire Archive at John Ryland Library, Manchester.

Payment of £1000 includes all costs for the presentation of your new collaborative work at DD Day 2021 (online and possibly live in-person event), a blog post and an online and/or in person conversation about your commission. Further performance opportunities will be paid separately.

We are interested in supporting new work that is multi-disciplinary and cross-generational, inviting nourishing exchanges between artists. We are therefore looking to support artists of all ages (18+) and levels of experience.

How to apply

On 2 sides of A4 maximum, or 4 minutes audio/video please tell us:

  • About your work and experience

  • The inspiration for your new work – what do you want to do?

  • How will your new work be inspired by Delia Derbyshire?

  • What kind of visual based artist would you like to collaborate with?

  • 2 links to your work – website, youtube channel etc

  • Tell us why we should choose you!

Please email your application to deliaderbyshireday@gmail.com

Deadline for applications: midnight on 14 May 2021

Artists start commissions: 1 June 2021