Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Institute of Contemporary Arts, the BBC and Arts Council England are excited to launch New Creatives, a series of commissioning opportunities for emerging artists under 30 who work with audio or moving image.

Are you a London-based creative person between the ages of 16 – 30? Do you have boundary-pushing ideas and a drive to create and deliver a new project? Or have you always had ambitions to make something but haven’t found the right support? We are on the lookout for emerging artists who would like to produce a new work with the help of industry professionals that is intended for broadcast on the BBC. Production Partners including the Visible Institute at Kingston School of Art, NTS, SPACE, Chisenhale Gallery, Dazed Media and Werkflow will work with artists to develop their commission from initial idea to delivery.

We are looking for a diverse group of emerging artists to submit proposals for works in moving image and audio which explore storytelling, performance, spoken word, poetry, dance, scripted drama, and experimentation with sound, image and structure. No prior experience is required to apply; the only criteria is that you are based in London and between the ages of 16–30 at the time of applying. We want you to challenge what constitutes art, make people think, and encourage new ways of understanding ourselves and the world in which we live.

Connect with audiences across the UK

If commissioned, you will be invited to present your work in a dedicated showcase at the ICA, giving you a chance to share your creation with peers, professionals and the public. Your work may also be selected to be broadcast on television and radio under BBC Introducing Arts and made available on BBC iPlayer or BBC Sounds.

Receive professional support

Widen your network and see your ideas realised to broadcast standard with the help of industry professionals who will provide you with skills, mentoring, and full production support.

Change the conversation

This unique partnership between the BBC, Arts Council England and five organisations across England (including the ICA) has been established to find, support and showcase emerging talent. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the BBC to highlight a diverse array of artists’ work that reflects the multiplicity of London’s voices. Contribute your ideas so that the BBC can present new perspectives that are underrepresented on screen, on air and online.

If you are interested in making new work with the support of industry leaders, we want to hear from you!
We are looking for proposals that are: 

Relevant: We want to hear about ideas and themes that really matter to you and your community (however you might like to define it). 

Original: We want proposals that are innovative, extraordinary and mould-breaking. 

Timely: We want to give a platform to ideas that reflect people’s lives here and now.

Shareable: We want your ideas to be dynamic and shareable, so they can reach as many people as possible.  

In our moving image commissions, we want to hear new voices and see visual experimentation that is exciting and memorable. We’re looking for strong proposals that demonstrate the breadth of possibility offered by the medium – this might be through innovation in style or structure, or new ways of working with narrative, animation, performance, scripted drama or dance. Moving image works can range from 90 seconds to 3 minutes. 

In our audio commissions, we are interested in proposals for works that will push boundaries and surprise listeners with their inventiveness and ingenuity. Audio works might take the form of spoken word, poetry, experimental narrative, or soundscapes, or combine these forms to create new approaches to sound and story. Audio works can range between 5 and 15 minutes. 

Submit your proposal

Please access our online portal to submit your proposal.

Applications close on Sunday 10 March 2019.

Partially-completed proposals can be saved and edited at any point until 11:59pm on 10 March

Please note, the production of commissions from this call will take place in London between April–June 2019. Successful applicants need to be available during this period, although the amount of time required will vary between commissions and can be assessed on a case by case basis. 

If you have any questions or require any additional support in applying, please email us at