Arts News


SPILL OPEN: Call for Entries, SPILL Festival

  • East, International
  • crafts, combined arts, dance, film, interdisciplinary arts, libraries, literature, museums, photography, music, theatre, visual arts
  • Rhiannon Wilkins


SPILL is an international festival of contemporary arts and activism, presenting the work of exceptional artists from around the globe. New for 2018, the SPILL OPEN is aimed at early makers and artists whose practices may have been overlooked, regardless of age, working in between or across forms, and with something meaningful to say. It offers 20 opportunities for exceptional artists or groups to present work as part of SPILL Festival this Autumn. We aim to support makers whose work is grounded in generosity - to audiences, peers and cultural dialogues.

The SPILL OPEN is open to artists of any age, based anywhere, undertaking considered formal experimentation and / or investigation through research, that seek to offer some new ways of looking or thinking about the world and how we are in it together. It will support work which is considered and meaningful. We are also keen to hear from people specifically developing new forms tailored to the needs of kids or teenagers. Applications are welcome from people working with, across or in between:

• Activist Actions

• Cabaret + Club Arts

• Craft + Folk Methods

• Experimental Theatre

• Film + Video

• Heritage + Place

• Installation

• Live Art + Performance

• Museum Collections

• New Dance

• New Media + Digital Practices

• Science + Social Sciences

• Sound + Music

• Spoken Word

• Street Art

• Text

• Visual Art

• Walking

Each artist or company selected for the SPILL OPEN will receive a fee of £750 plus accommodation at the festival, a contribution to travel, and an in-kind package of technical, producing and marketing support as well as high quality documentation. SPILL 2018 will take place between Thursday 25th October and Sunday 4th November at venues and sites across Ipswich, England. The SPILL OPEN will be within these dates.

To apply for the SPILL OPEN visit and fill out a form. The deadline for applications is 12 noon on Wednesday 4 April 2018

Unpaid opportunities

View our policy on unpaid opportunities and internships

Find out more
Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

Want to work with us?

Take a look at the latest job vacancies with the Arts Council

Find out more
Photo, Jennie Gill, Yorkshire Artspace, Sheffield. Photo Our Favourite Places / Nigel Barker for Yorkshire Artspace.