Closing date
Wed 7th Sep 2022 12:00pm
Interview dates
Tuesday 4 October

Job Description


Stomping Ground, is seeking proposals for bold and original dance works made for outdoor spaces for presentation from summer 2023.

We would like to hear from you if you want to develop ambitious, high-quality work, created for outdoor spaces that can grab the attention & imagination of audiences.

We are interested in a range of outdoor practices & presentation formats: we don’t necessarily equate scale to ambition; rather we are looking for ideas which are creatively ambitious. Shows should have a strong impact and engage across a broad audience base.

We welcome applications for work that could be presented in a range of contexts, whether urban, rural, festival or high street.

We’re interested in going on a journey with a commissioned artist from the beginning of the idea, right through to production.

We’re looking for ideas for shows which:

  • Are originally conceived as outdoor works (rather than work which has previously been made for indoor spaces).
  • Are adaptable to their locations, have the potential to be scaled to different contexts, and are conceived with touring potential in mind.
  • Respond to, or engage with, the world we’re living in now.
  • Consider how outdoor work can engage a mix of committed attendees & passersby.

We’re interested in hearing from dance makers who:

  • Are UK based.
  • Have a track record of making and presenting work in a range of professional contexts – this may or may not have already involved working outdoors.
  • Are interested in how outdoor work can inspire audiences from the broadest range of backgrounds.
  • Are seeking to engage with inspiring artists as part of their creative team (e.g. music, design, theatre, circus) and/or other disciplines (e.g. architecture, town planning).
  • Might not necessarily define themselves as ‘dance makers’ – we’re looking for performance with a strong and distinctive movement element, but we welcome applications from artists from other disciplines who use movement in their practice.
  • We welcome applications from artists who don’t have experience working outdoors as long as they are supported by a team who have this experience.
  • We haven’t worked with before, as well as artists we have existing relationships with.

Successful Artists will receive:

  • A £25k commission
  • Partners may be able to offer additional support, depending on the needs of the project, including:
    • Space in-kind for R&D and/or creation
    • Pitching opportunities at their respective platforms
    • Producing support, depending on the needs of the project
    • Advice on how to further support your project
    • Marketing and documentation support and guidance
    • Performance and touring opportunities

Performances agreed with the commissioning partners will be subject to a separate performance agreement and fee. It is expected that the partners will be involved in conversations regarding future touring performances, as your touring plans develop.

We would encourage you to think about the development and fundraising time you will need for your project and to allow sufficient time for a rigorous and considered making process. We understand that the commission isn’t going to cover all the costs to make your work. We expect that the successful artist or team will need to raise additional funds in addition to the commission.


Please submit an expression of interest Application Form by midday, Wed 7 September. Questions are available as a PDF and Word Doc below, but final answers must be submitted via the Application Form.

Please also complete our Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form. This form is optional and helps us to monitor if our Call Outs are reaching groups that are currently underrepresented in our programmes. These forms will not been seen by the selection panel.

We encourage applications from artists with a range of lived experiences and from a range of backgrounds, and we particularly welcome applications from those who are underrepresented in the dance sector, including artists from Global Majority backgrounds, artists who identify as LGBTQ+, disabled artists and artists from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Key Dates

  • Information Session: Tuesday 23 August at 6 pm online (this session will be BSL interpreted). Please contact us to sign-up.
  • Online Interviews: Tuesday 4 October.
  • Shortlisted applicants notified: Friday 30 September.
  • We expect commissions to be presented from: Summer 2023.

Next Steps

The selection is carried out by a panel of producers and programmers who work in the commissioning organisations, as well as an external artist.

If invited to an interview, you will need to tell us a bit more about your idea, how you’ll use the commission and strategic support to make the project happen, and show how your previous experience will support you in making the work.

You will be notified of the interview panel when invited to the interview.

Feedback will be offered to all unsuccessful applicants. 

About Stomping Ground

Stomping Ground is a commissioning group comprised of Creative Crawley, FABRIC (Dance4 and DanceXchange together), FESTIVAL.ORG, The Place and Tramway. Stomping Ground has previously commissioned works by Robby Graham, Requardt & Rosenberg, Joseph Toonga, Pagrav Dance and AndroidX + MHz.



FESTIVAL.ORG is one of the UK’s most ambitious and prolific outdoor arts producing organisations which sets out to radically raise the ambition, quality and diversity of outdoor performance produced in the UK.

Described in The Guardian as an event “whose annual contribution to the happiness of the people of London is unrivalled”, FESTIVAL.ORG produces and presents the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), which this year takes place 26 August – 11 September and in 2023 (when this new Stomping Ground commission would be presented) will take place 25 August – 10 September. It also manages the nationwide Global Streets network and is a founding partner of the Without Walls consortium. FESTIVAL.ORG plays a distinctive, strategic role within the wider outdoor arts sector, supporting commissioning, producing and talent development with Global Majority, Deaf/disabled, neurodiverse and LGBTQ+ artists, whilst commissioning outdoor productions from companies and creatives who might previously have worked in building-based contexts.


FABRIC is the new strategic organisation formed by the merger of DanceXchange and Dance4. FABRIC will combine the two organisations’ knowledge, skills and expertise in dynamic programmes and projects, to form one new strategic organisation. Working as one organisation FABRIC will be more ambitious for dance made, produced and nurtured in the Midlands. FABRIC’s vision is to inspire people through dance, transforming lives, communities and places.


Tramway is an art space supporting established and emerging artists, both local and international, who focus on experimental and contemporary dance, visualart and performance. For thirty years Tramway has built a reputation for its unique performance and exhibition spaces and ambitious and inspiring programming. It is managed by Glasgow Life, a charity that delivers culture and sport on behalf of Glasgow City Council.Tramway Beyond Walls is an ongoing strand of contemporary performance, visual art and creative participation which aims to engage with a diverse local audience outside of the physical limits of Tramway’s building. Presenting work in parks, community spaces and the city centre.

Creative Crawley

Creative Crawley is an arts charity working to support, produce and present high-quality arts and cultural activity in Crawley, West Sussex. Working in partnership with local, national and international artists, local businesses and other key stakeholders in the town and beyond, we produce a year-round programme of creative activities across all art forms that happen in many different spaces and places across the town. We aim to develop Crawley as a creative place beyond its boundaries to benefit those who live, study, work and play there.

If you have any questions or require any support during the application process, or if another format or application process would be more accessible for you, please let us know and we will make the appropriate arrangements.