Applying to arts commissioning programme Unlimited

Nwando Ebizie looks forward with red light shining on her face, which has decorative gems and paint on it.
Distorted Constellations by Nwando Ebizie. Photo by Anya Arnold.

Unlimited, an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences, opens its latest commissioning round on 1 October.

The programme supports disabled artists to develop their practice and to form new relationships and collaborations with producers, venues and promoters. It also aims to increase distribution of work (through touring, including international touring, and digital iterations) affording greater opportunities for audiences to see some of the very best work from disabled artists across the UK and internationally.

Since 2013, Unlimited has provided nearly £4 million to 280 disabled artists through commissions, awards and support, making it the largest supporter of disabled artists worldwide.

"We're looking for work that really breaks boundaries, that crosses form, that challenges, provokes. We think in these times, it's important to amplify those voices and visions of disabled artists."- Jo Verrent, Senior Producer, Unlimited

Watch the videos below to learn all about the programme. To see any of the videos in an alternative format, including BSL or audio described, visit the Unlimited website where you can also find more details about the process.

Introducing the Commissions

In this video, Senior Producer Jo Verrent introduces you to Unlimited and highlights what kind of art they're looking to commission.

Research and Development Commissions

Unlimited Trainee Alistair talks us through the Research and Development awards criteria and we hear from artist Kristina Veasey, the artist behind My Dirty Secret! and Basketcase, about the support she has received from Unlimited.

Emerging Commissions

For the emerging awards, trainee Alistair talks us through the criteria and how they define emerging. Poet and previous emerging artist awardee Ellen Renton also shares what Unlimited means to her.

Thinking of applying?

In this short video, Unlimited trainee MJ breaks down the application process in applying for an award.

Why apply?

Applications for the next round of Unlimited Commissions open on Thursday 1 October 2020 and close Tuesday 27 October 2020 at 12 noon. If you're a disabled artist, the team at Unlimited would love to hear from you. But if you need any more convincing, in this video from Unlimited commissioned artists Ellen Renton, Kristina Veasey, Byron Vincent and Tarik Elmoutawakil who tell you why they think you should apply.

Full details of the Unlimited programme and eligibility criteria can be found over on the Unlimited website.

The team have also compiled some Frequently Asked Questions. If you have others, contact them on or phone 07506 679968.

This article was published on 22 Sep 2020