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In Production: OPEN CALL
Institute of Contemporary Arts

New Creatives is a nation-wide 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 takes place over two years and encompasses four open calls. Alongside New Creatives, the ICA is offering additional opportunities, events, and workshops as part of the ongoing programme, In Production.

The ICA is the London hub for New Creatives. Other New Creatives hubs are Tyneside Cinema, which covers the North, Rural Media, which covers the Midlands, Screen South, which covers the South East, and Calling the Shots, which covers the South West.


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.

Prepare to submit your proposal

To submit a proposal for an audio, moving image, or interactive work, please read through the requirements and find a link to our online portal below. We’ll be asking for a description of your proposal along with examples of your work and information about yourself, including any relevant experience. 

For 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. 

For 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. 

For our interactive commissions, we are looking for works which employ new and emerging technologies to provide insights into powerful experiences, situations or locations. Works might be made with 360 video, augmented, mixed, or virtual reality, binaural audio, or gaming technologies. 

This open call is now closed.

Our next open call will be in early-2020. Dates will be announced on this page as well as on the ICA’s Twitter and Instagram. If you have any questions, please email us at