Closing Date for Applications: 8th April 2019

We invite proposals from current or completed, UK based, Practice as Research doctoral researchers to create a Utopian Manifesto on the future of artistic doctorate.

The work is to be shown at Artistic Research Performs and Transforms: Bridging Practices, Contexts, Traditions & Futures on 31 August 2019 at Zodiak – Centre for New Dance, Helsinki. Finland.

This is the final event of the three year Artistic Doctorates in Europe (ADiE) project.


Proposal Guide

Your Utopian Manifesto on the future of artistic doctorates could envision a time span between 10 and 100 years, whatever inspires you the most. We invite a vision for an unknown future – a space to re-imagine the role of the artist-researcher – to connect, to challenge; a call for change, a bid to make a difference – to art, to movement, to research, to communities, to our world and to ‘doctorateness’.

Your manifesto could be a performance, a pop-up exhibition, a film, a performative lecture, a collective action, a workshop or another form.

It could be playful, serious, provocative and sensuous. It will help us to imagine anew the purpose, delivery, approach to and/or significance of artistic doctoral research. You are invited to take into consideration the agenda of ADiE and utilise our materials found online, where appropriate to your proposal.

It might consider questions such as ‘What might a new form of doctorate look like?’, ‘How might a doctoral researcher go about things newly?’ ‘How might the doctoral experience be refigured, transformed, repositioned?’ ‘What differences might the doctorate make?’ ‘In what ways might the artistic doctoral researcher engage differently in the ‘world’?’

Your work will be shown in Studio C4 or on Zodiak Stage.  There will be access to basic theatre lightning and a sound system if required. It should be experienced/interacted with in no longer than 90 minutes, including time for discussion with a live audience.

It has to be possible to document (whether video, photo, writing or a combination) in a way that allows for ADiE to later present it online. Video documentation will be arranged by the ADiE team in Helsinki, in agreement with what works best for your manifesto. If you prefer another mode you should provide ADiE with website-ready materials and discuss how to present it with the ADiE team.

We can offer you:

– £1800 fee for development, creation and presentation
– £200 project budget
– Up to 2 weeks studio residency by arrangement at Dance4’s iC4C, Nottingham or Middlesex University, London
– Travel and accommodation if not local to either residency location
– Flight and transfers, per diems and accommodation for 3 days (28, 29, 30 August, 2019) in Helsinki
– Support by Paul Russ (Artistic Director, Dance4), Jim Hendley (Producer, Dance4) and Vida Midgelow (Professor, Middlesex University)

You can complete an application form online here.


Selection panel:
Jane Bacon (Emerita Professor, University of Chichester), Paul Russ (Artistic Director, Dance4), Jim Hendley (Producer, Dance4) and Vida Midgelow (Professor, Middlesex University).

Deadline: Monday 8 April, 2019

Notified of outcome: Friday 26 April, 2019

*ADiE is a partnership between UniArts, Zodiak and Kiasma (FI), Weld and Stockholm University of the Arts (SE) and Dance4, University of Chichester and Middlesex University, funded by Erasmus+.

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