In Production: OPEN CALL
Institute of Contemporary Arts

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 looking for a diverse group of emerging artists to produce new work in audio or moving image intended for broadcast on the BBC as part of New Creatives, a national talent development scheme supported by BBC Arts and Arts Council England. Representatives from our Production Partners including Chisenhale GalleryDazed MediaNTSSPACE, the Visible Institute at Kingston School of Art and Werkflow will work with artists to develop their commission from initial idea to delivery. No prior experience is required to apply; the only criteria is that you are based in London and between the ages of 16 – 30. Works can explore storytelling, performance, spoken word, poetry, dance, scripted drama, and experimentation with sound, image and structure. 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.

We are looking for proposals that are:

Relevant: We want to hear about ideas and themes that 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 that they can reach as many people as possible.  

New Creatives is a series of commissioning opportunities developed by BBC Arts and Arts Council England for emerging artists under 30 who work with audio or moving image. The scheme will take place over two years and will encompass four open calls. Alongside New Creatives, the ICA will be offering additional opportunities, events and workshops as part of the ongoing programme, In Production.
Connect with audiences across the UK

Have the chance to broadcast your work on BBC iPlayer or BBC Sounds with BBC Introducing Arts, and share your creation with peers, professionals and the public in one of the ICA’s dedicated In Production showcases.

Receive professional support

Widen your network and see your ideas realised to broadcast standard with the support of specialists from our Production Partners who will provide you with skills, mentoring, and full production support.

Change the conversation

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 the BBC can present new perspectives that are underrepresented on screen, on air and online.

Stay tuned to hear about upcoming Open Calls

Our first Open Call closed on 17 March 2019. Thank you to everyone who submitted an application. All applicants have now been notified and we are working with our 21 selected participants to create their commissions.

Our next Open Call will be in June 2019. Dates will be announced here as well as on the ICA’s Twitter and Instagram.

If you have any questions about our upcoming Open Calls, please email us at