Unlimited is an arts commissioning programme that enables new work by disabled artists to reach UK and international audiences. 

We are currently looking to commission more work from disabled artists and companies.

You can make ONE or TWO separate applications. Each one must be for a seperate project.

Established artists or companies

  • You can apply twice in the same strand (e.g. both for MAIN COMMISSIONS)
  • Or apply once for each strand (e.g one MAIN COMMISSION and one RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT)
  • At least one of your applications will need to tick one or more Partner Award boxes. 

Emerging artists

  • You can only apply in the EMERGING ARTIST strand
  • You can apply twice providing one of your applications ticks one or more Partner Award boxes

Partner Awards are explained in more detail on our website

Before starting your application using the forms below, please visit our website and carefully read our Guidance and FAQ documents which are available in a range of formats. 

We would encourage you to start the application process as soon as you can, in case of any unforeseen issues which might delay you.

If you experience any access barriers or have any questions, please email info@weareunlimited.org.uk or call 07506 679968.

MAIN COMMISSIONS are for artists/companies that wish to create and share a new piece of work, which can include participatory or multidisciplinary practices. We are looking for work in any artform, that is: innovative, excellent, and led by disabled artists. Unlimited is about art, not about disability; some work may reference disability, some may not. The work can be linked to any subject or theme.

This funding is both to create the work and to share/tour/showcase it in some way. If the work has not yet gone through a research and development stage, then this is also included within a main commission.

Key Criteria

  • disability-led
  • quality, innovation and ambition
  • strong track record of creating work and reaching audiences
  • existing collaborations and partnerships (these can include those with non-disabled led companies/artists/producers) – or plans to develop these through any R&D stage
  • lead artist or company is resident in England or Wales

We will be looking to support a range of ideas – in relation to artform, scale, and location – across the awards.

There are Partner Awards across all strands. Partner Awards bring additional funds – more money to disabled artists – and help us reach areas of the cultural sector that are new to us or where work by disabled artists is underrepresented.

Approximately half the total funds will be for Partner Awards, and the rest to applications not linked to Partner Awards.

Each partner has additional criteria. This means they are often looking for something specific, for work for a specific audience, or from artists/companies that meet specific criteria. 

  • For main commissions, we have Partner Awards with Artsadmin, Farnham Maltings, Pentabus and Wellcome Collection.

For further information, please see the Partner Award section in the Guidance Documents on our website which shows all their criteria and funding levels.

Access support is available for all applications including alternative formats and funding for access support.

Commission Timelines

  • Thursday 1 October 2020 – Application portal for Expressions of Interest opens
  • Tuesday 27 October 2020, 12pm – Deadline for Expression of Interest submissions
  • Wednesday 3 December 2021 – Shortlist announced, application portal for Full Applications opens.
  • February 2021, 12pm – Deadline for Full Applications
  • March 2021 – Funding decisions announced
  • May 2021 – Projects begin
  • Autumn 2022 – Projects must be completed

Selection Process

All eligible Expression of Interest applications will be assessed by a disability-led selection panel (you can find out more about the selection panels here).

Any questions?

Please see the FAQ for further information.

If you would like to give your collaborators access to this form so you can work on the application together, click Invite Collaborators at the top of this form. As the owner, only you will be able to submit the form.

If after reading all information provided you have further questions, please let us know by contacting info@weareunlimited.org.uk or on 07506 679968.

For any help with using this form, Submittable has an excellent online and email support service.

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT GRANTS are for artists/companies who wish to explore the initial stages of a new project, which can include participatory or multidisciplinary practices. We are looking for work, in any artform, that is: innovative, excellent, and led by disabled artists. Unlimited is about art, not about disability; some work may reference disability, some may not. The work can be linked to any subject or theme.

This funding is for R&D only, however it’s anticipated that the results of all R&Ds will be shared or showcased in some form as part of each project.

Key Criteria: 

  • disability-led
  • quality, innovation and ambition
  • strong track record of creating work and reaching audiences
  • existing collaborations and partnerships (these can include those with non-disabled led companies/artists/producers) – or plans to develop these through the R&D

We will be looking to support a range of ideas – in relation to artform, scale, and location – across the awards.

There are Partner Awards across all strands. Partner Awards bring additional funds – more money to disabled artists – and help us reach areas of the cultural sector that are new to us or where work by disabled artists is underrepresented.

Approximately half the total funds will be for Partner Awards, and the rest to applications not linked to Partner Awards.

Each partner has additional criteria. This means they are often looking for something specific, for work for a specific audience, or from artists/companies that meet specific criteria. 

  • For R&D awards, we have Partner Awards with Bagri Foundation, Museum of the Home, Polka Theatre, Sage Gateshead and Southbank Centre.

For further information, please see the Partner Award section in the Guidance Documents on our website which shows all their criteria and funding levels.

Access support is available for all applications including alternative formats and funding for access support.

Commission Timelines

  • Thursday 01 October 2020 – Application portal for Expressions of Interest opens
  • Tuesday 27 October 2020, 12pm – Deadline for Expression of Interest submissions
  • Wednesday 3 December 2021 – Shortlist announced, application portal for Full Applications opens
  • February 2021, 12pm – Deadline for Full Applications
  • March 2021 – Funding decisions announced
  • May 2021 – Projects begin
  • Spring 2022 – Projects must be completed

Selection Process

All eligible Expression of Interest applications will be assessed by a  disability-led selection panel (you can find out more about the  selection panels here).

Any questions?

Please see the FAQ for further information.

If you would like to give your collaborators access to this form so you can work on the application together, click Invite Collaborators at the top of this form. As the owner, only you will be able to submit the form.

If after reading all information provided you have further questions, please let us know by contacting info@weareunlimited.org.uk or on 07506 679968.

For any help with using this form, Submittable has an excellent online and email support service.

EMERGING ARTIST awards are for artists who wish to create a new piece of work, which can include participatory or multidisciplinary practices. We are looking for work in any artform, that is innovative, excellent, and led by disabled artists. Unlimited is about art, not about disability; some work may reference disability, some may not. The work can be linked to any subject or theme.

This funding is to make a small piece of work, and to share it with an audience or with participants in some way.

Key Criteria

  • disability-led
  • quality, innovation and ambition

We will be looking to support a range of ideas – in relation to artform, scale, and location – across the awards.

There are Partner Awards across all strands. Partner Awards bring additional funds – more money to disabled artists - and help us reach areas of the cultural sector that are new to us or where work by disabled artists is underrepresented.

Approximately half the total awards money will be for Partner Awards, and the rest to applications not linked to Partner Awards.

Each partner has additional criteria. This means they are often looking for something specific, for work for a specific audience, or from artists/companies that meet specific criteria. 

  • For Emerging Artist awards, we have Partner Awards with Coventry 2021 and The Art House 

For further information, please see the Partner Award section in the Guidance Documents on our website which shows all their criteria and funding levels.

Commission Timelines

  • Thursday 1 October 2020 – Application portal for Expressions of Interest opens
  • Tuesday 27 October 2020, 12pm – Deadline for Expression of Interest submissions
  • Wednesday 3 December 2021 – Shortlist announced, application portal for Full Applications opens
  • February 2021, 12pm – Deadline for Full Applications
  • March 2021 ­– Funding decisions announced
  • May 2021 – Projects begin
  • Spring 2022 – Projects must be completed

Selection Process

All eligible Expression of Interest applications will be assessed by a disability-led selection panel (you can find out more about the selection panels here).

Any questions?

Please see the FAQ for further information.

If you would like to give your collaborators access to this form so you can work on the application together, click Invite Collaborators at the top of this form. As the owner, only you will be able to submit the form.

If after reading all information provided you have further questions, please let us know by contacting info@weareunlimited.org.uk or on 07506 679968. 

For any help with using this form, Submittable has an excellent online and email support service.

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