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Frequently Asked Questions
Institute of Contemporary Arts

Who can apply?

ICA × Dr. Martens Image Behaviour Production Grants are designed to support UK-based emerging artists and collaborators who are looking to make their first significant presentation in a UK institution and who feel that they would benefit from expert mentoring and production support.

What are the grants?

There are seven ICA × Dr. Martens Image Behaviour Production Grants: six grants of £5,000 and one grant of £30,000, each one supplemented with production support and mentoring. The grants will support successful applicants to produce new work for the next edition of Image Behaviour, the ICA’s annual convening dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image, which is due to take place in late 2021.

How do I apply for the £30,000 grant? 

Shortlisted artists will be invited to discuss their proposal for further development with the £30,000 grant. One artist will be selected to develop their proposal further and devise a schedule and production budget with support from ICA. 

How can I apply?

You can apply using the online application form linked below. (If you have specific access needs, please contact us at imagebehaviour@ica.art to discuss alternative methods of submitting your application.) On your application, please be prepared to include: 

●  details about yourself and any planned collaborators;
●  a proposal for the work you’d like to produce for Image Behaviour; 
●  a production budget; and
●  up to five links to your previous work, as well as links to any images or mood boards that you feel illustrate your proposal.

Once you have submitted, we’ll send you an email with a link to your application, which you may amend or edit online at any time until applications close (see below).

What are the key dates? 

Applications close at 6pm on Tuesday 30 March 2021. If your application is shortlisted, we will invite you to discuss your proposal in April 2021, before the international jury makes the final selection of successful applicants for ICA × Dr. Martens Image Behaviour Production Grants by May/June 2021. 

Please note that all successful applicants must be available from May to October 2021, when the production of the new work arising from this Open Call will take place, although exact time commitments may vary between projects. 

How will the successful applicants be selected? 

We are interested in proposals that take new positions and experiment and that are innovative and ambitious conceptually and aesthetically. We want to commission artists who have had little support within an institutional context and will benefit from our mentoring and production support programme. 

What does mentoring and production support mean? 

Selected artists will be supported with 6 mentoring sessions to develop their proposal. The ICA technical team will be on hand to support the preparation and delivery of their new work. Specialist advice and support can be arranged where necessary.

Do you accept proposals from collectives?   

Yes, although you will need to designate one ‘lead’ applicant from your collective to submit the proposal. If your application is successful, this person will become the main point of contact for the production.  

I don’t have any formal training – can I still apply?   

Absolutely. We encourage submissions from applicants with all levels of experience and all from fields.  

I don’t have any of my previous work available online, can I send you a file?   

Unfortunately, we can’t accept other formats, and any supporting work you’re submitting must be available online. If you’re having difficulties uploading your work or don’t have easy access to a computer, please get in touch with us at imagebehaviour@ica.art.  

Can I include multiple proposals in my application?  

We can only accept one proposal from each applicant.  

My proposal is related to a pre-existing work I have made before. Does this disqualify me?   

As long as your proposal is a clear development from your original idea, it qualifies as a new work and is therefore welcome to be submitted.

Where is the budget template?

The budget template is embedded in the budget section of the application form.
What technical details do you need from me?

In the application we ask you for details of the technical equipment required to present your finished work.