UPDATE Friday 27 March

Following the latest guidance from Public Health England we are cancelling all our public programme up until 20 June 2020 and iC4C is now closed to the public.

Due to this, and the same circumstances with our partners, we are sadly unable to continue with the current Re-Framing Dance timeline as planned.

We are therefore postponing the Call Out for Producers until further notice.

Dance4, Nottingham partners and Jerwood Arts are all very much committed to Re-Framing Dance, and it will go ahead, but we cannot be certain of the timelines at this point in time.

We shall update here once we are in a position to commit to dates going forward.

Jerwood Arts have a section of their website for their own response.


Re-Framing Dance is supported by Jerwood Arts which provides funding for transformative opportunities for artists, curators or producers within the first 10 years of establishing their professional practice.

Galleries are increasingly a site for the public to witness, explore and even participate in choreographic practices. They are sites where artists working in this field seek to develop and present their work. Stemming from Dance4’s philosophy of curiosity, risk and doubt, we ask, what can be realised by independent artists if producers provide skills and capacity to bring about new work in the gallery?

Re-Framing Dance values the role of producer and considers in what ways independent producers can be supported to enhance the current presentation of dance in the gallery.

This project aims to utilise the city of Nottingham and its enviable and vibrant museum and visual art sector, with a potential to realise an extraordinary range of works and practices.

About the Programme
Re-Framing Dance is an action research project. Part one of the project will support 3 residencies for 3 producers to invite curators, artists and Dance4 into a process to undertake choreographic research exploring the possibilities to create new work that invites audiences to see, experience and potentially participate in choreographic art works sited in gallery contexts.

The programme will be supported by two mentors, as well as Dance4’s experienced team, who will encourage the producers to think beyond what the know, to seek out innovative new approaches and explore new models for the delivery of such projects.

Re-Framing Dance will begin with a callout for independent producers in the first 10 years of their professional practice who have an interest in dance in the gallery context.

3 will be selected to take part in a producers’ residency and summit to explore ideas, discuss them with experienced mentors and meet visual arts curators from across Nottingham’s vibrant gallery sector. They will then be supported to develop their own project with input from D4’s experienced producing team and gallery partners. They will each be given a budget to deliver a 3-week residency with a gallery partner in Nottingham involving up to 3 dance artists (or other collaborators) who are in the first 10 years of their professional practice. The projects will be documented professionally.

A seminar about dance in the gallery contexts will be presented alongside sharings (digital or live) of the 3 projects.

Part two of the project will invite one of the projects developed during the action research to receive a commission from Dance4 to develop a full performance in 2021. This will either be through biennial festival, Nottdance or through a European partnership conference, Dancing Museums alongside Nottingham Castle’s re-opening.


The following organisations are in partnership with Re-Framing Dance:

Bonington Gallery/Nottingham Trent University, Lakeside Arts/University of Nottingham, National Justice Museum, New Art Exchange, New Midland Group (comprising of Backlit, One Thoresby Street and Primary) Nottingham Museum Service (comprising of Nottingham Castle, Newstead Abbey and Wollaton Hall), Surface Gallery.

A call for producers to take part in this project is now live here.

Re-Framing Dance is supported by Jerwood Arts Development Programme Fund.

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