Domestic - online beta-test platform for new works - call for proposals

What can you make when your kitchen table is the stage + your camera is the audience?
An online beta-test platform for new live art + contemporary performance from your homes.  

Artists working in live art + contemporary performance are invited to submit proposals for short (max 10 min) works that can be performed online, within your available resources - from your living room, your bathroom, your balcony, your backyard, your garden - or even out and about on a walk.

See the pilot event which took place on 1 July 2020.

We are interested in whatever you are interested in saying right now.

Domestic is: 

  • an informal online beta-test platform;
  • an opportunity for artists to try-out live work that they can make from home.

Please note:

  • Domestic will feature around 6 pieces of work curated together in a roughly one hour hosted event;
  • we are predominantly looking for work that can be performed live though we may programme a small number of pre-records;
  • the online platform to be used is to be decided - it could be Zoom webinar, YouTube or other;
  • the next event will be on Wed 12 August - deadline Mon 27 Jul, 10am.
  • this call-out will remain open on a rolling basis. We won't be able to use everything but we'd like to hold things 'in store' for future events.
  • we will be in touch to let you know the progress of your proposal;
  • we will also consider proposals for one-to-one/small capacity work for a later event focusing on intimate work, possibly in break-out rooms.
  • Domestic will offer an honorarium of £100 per piece selected, to cover fees/expenses.
  • if we think we won't be able to programme your proposal we will respond with some feedback.

Selection criteria:

  • artistic merit of proposed ideas and clarity of proposal;
  • priority will be given to live art/contemporary performance/time-based media work;
  • work which has already been shown publicly will not be highest priority;

General criteria:

  • pieces must be the artist's own, original work;
  • the artist must hold copyright/ownership of the piece and materials included*;
  • artists must conform with statutory and local authority rules concerning obscenity and defamation;
  • Equal Opportunities will be employed in the selection and programming of this platform in line with Arts Council England guidelines;
  • the focus is primarily on non-linear performative work from a cross-artform background. We therefore advise that work that is PRIMARILY from a theatre, poetry, music, visual art or dance base would be better served by proposing to a different context.

*nb: talk to us about any published music you are using.

To apply: 

Actual links for both forms, to cut + paste into a web browser:

Proposal Form

Monitoring Form

Any questions please email:

Domestic is presented by Word of Warning; produced by hÅb; supported using public funding by Arts Council England. | #DomesticMcr