Closing Date for Applications: 31st October 2022

Dance4 and Nottingham’s museum and visual art sector are seeking 3 independent producers, within the first ten years of their practice as a producer, to be supported to undertake a paid action research project focusing on choreographic practices in galleries.

Re-Framing Dance considers in what ways independent producers can be supported to enhance the current presentation of ‘dance in the gallery’ and asks, what can be realised by independent artists if producers provide skills and capacity to bring about new work in the gallery?

The project will support 3 residencies for 3 producers 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 they know, to seek out innovative new approaches and explore new models for the delivery of such projects.

After the open call 3 producers 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’ll be supported to develop their own project and be given a budget to deliver a 3-week residency with a gallery partner in Nottingham. For this they can invite up to 3 dance artists (or other collaborators) who are in the first 10 years of their professional practice.

The outcomes of Phase 1 will be platformed during Talking, Thinking, Dancing shared alongside film documentation and discussion about the 3 projects.


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 project aims to utilise the city of Nottingham and its enviable and vibrant museum and visual art sector. The following organisations are in partnership with Re-Framing Dance, 3 of which will be hosts. Please visit individual websites for more information:

Bonington Gallery,
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.


More information, including timeline, fees and how to apply can be found by downloading the application pack here.

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