Professionals & Artist Development

Work Place Associate Artist Call Out 

The Place is seeking artists for Work Place, its  unique programme of tailored support for professional choreographers. 

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  • The Place, London’s creative powerhouse for dance development, has been leading the way in dance training, creation and performance for 50 years. In a changing landscape, our vision for the future remains steadfast: we are powering imagination through dance, championing new ideas, embracing risks and creating optimal conditions for dance artists and enthusiasts to realise their full potential.  

    As we move through this period of global, societal challenges, we are working with these questions: 

    • How can dance help us respond to the big questions facing society – social injustice, care and wellbeing, environmental emergency, and more? 
    • How can both live and online dance experiences create new connections with audiences and participants locally, nationally and globally?
    • How are fruitful relationships between artists, organisations, audiences, and participants maintained, deepened and expanded?  
    • What can new models of sustainability and ethical stewardship of resource look like in the cultural sector?  

    With these questions in mind, we invite artists to apply for the Work Place Associate Artist programme via this open call. We are keen to hear from people who resonate with these questions and who are excited to bring their own artistic questions into a collaborative working relationship with The Place. We invite applications from artists we haven’t worked with before as well as artists we have existing relationships with.  


    What are we offering/Programme Outline  

    Work Place is The Place’s unique programme of tailored support for professional choreographers. It creates a home for a community of artists, helping to sustain them and provide conditions for their work to grow and flourish.   

    Work Place recognises that each artist is different. What an artist needs depends on the type of work they make, their experience, their ideas, their ambition and the barriers they may face along the way. Responding to these differences and allowing them to influence our thinking and practice is at the heart of the scheme.   

    Each Work Place artist will receive bespoke support alongside a structured programme of creative and professional nourishment over a 5 year period.   

    Depending on each artist’s needs, we offer:  

    • Commissions for new work
    • Performance and curation opportunities  
    • Research, creation and production residencies at The Place   
    • Project and idea development  
    • Creative workshops with other artists and professionals  
    • Teaching opportunities and skills development  
    • Career mentoring 
    • Management and fundraising support or advice  
    • Building links to other project partners and professional networks  
    • Free tickets for performances and events at The Place   
    • Regular meetings to evaluate, reflect and feedback 
    • Invitations to offer paid consultancy  
    • Work Place Intensives 
    As well as individual practice, Work Place is about conversation. The Work Place Artists are offered a series of Work Place  Intensives where we can explore and learn from each other’s ideas and experiences alongside other inspirational practitioners. Each intensive focuses on a theme or question to provoke thought, movement and debate.

    Work Place Artists are expected to attend each of the Intensives. The dates for the initial Work Place Intensives in 2021 will be: 10 - 15 March 2021 & 18 - 20 June 2021  


    What we are looking for/Eligibility criteria   

    We are looking for artists who:  

    • Have been creating dance based performance work in a professional setting for more than 3 years  
    • Are based in the UK and intend to be UK based for the next 5 years.  
    • Are working with any kind of dance practice, style or format engaged with contemporary ideas 
    • Are engaged with creative questions that might sustain your development over the coming years
    • Would like to respond to and collaborate with us at The Place on the questions we are working with  
    • Can demonstrate how Work Place might benefit your growth as an artist 
    • Are excited about sharing your ideas with wide audiences beyond traditional dance goers 
    • Would like to work with the wider community at The Place – including staff, class participants, students and local community   
    • We are keen to hear from people we haven’t worked with before as well as artists we have existing relationships with  
    • We are keen to ensure the Work Place cohort represents the range of artists in the UK, and encourage applications from those who are currently underrepresented in the dance sector, including but not limited to, disabled artists, artists from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, artists who experience racism, artists with care responsibilities and artists who are LGBTQIA+  

    In this project we cannot support: 

    • Undergraduates   
    • Artists based outside the UK   


    How to apply  

    If you are excited by the programme and feel you meet all of the eligibility criteria, please complete the short Expression of Interest form at the bottom of this page. Applications will close at midday on Wed 9 Dec 2020.   

    Please also complete one of our Equal Opportunities monitoring forms which you will find attached to the Expression of Interest. The Equal Opportunities monitoring form is optional and will help us to monitor whether our Call Outs are reaching groups that are currently underrepresented in our programmes. These forms will be reviewed by our HR team and will not been seen by the shortlisting or interview panel.   


    Got questions?

    If you would like to know more about the Work Place Associate Artist programme or have any questions about the application process, join The Place's Artist Development Producer Amy Bell and Senior Producer Christina Elliot for a live online Q&A on Thu 19 Nov at 4pm. Reserve your free place by emailing .


    Selection process   

    From the Expressions of Interest we receive we’ll invite a small number of artists for a short interview online. The shortlisting and interview process will be carried out by a team of producers who work at The Place and producers and artists external to The Place.  

    If invited for an interview, we’ll offer a small fee for your time. We’d like to discuss what working together might look like for you and how you think the Work Place could support your development as an artist over the next 5 years. We will be looking for 8 – 10 new Work Place Artists.   

    Interview dates: Thu 21, Fri 22, Mon 25 & Tue 26 Jan 2021. These will be carried out online.   

    All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their Expression of Interest by early Jan 2021 and all applicants will receive feedback.   

    To apply – please click  HERE.   

    You can download a PDF version of the application form at the bottom of this page. Please note: that this version is for reference only - applications will only be accepted via the link above.     

    If you have any queries about the application process, please contact   

    Former Work Place Artists include: 
    Tony Adigun 
    Amy Bell
    Rosemary Butcher  
    Rob Clark  
    James Cousins 
    Claire Cunningham  
    Ben Duke 
    Simon Ellis  
    Vicki Igbokwe  
    Frauke Requardt 
    Rosemary Lee 
    Eva Recacha  
    Luca Silvestrini 
    Moreno Solinas 
    Vera Tussing  
    Igor Urzelai