Lancaster Arts projects include research platforms, participatory opportunities and offers of artist support. Check this page regularly for updates

Archived Projects:

Light Up the North: Bursaries

Light up the North are offering bursaries for up to three artists to realise new artwork at three 'light' festivals: Light Night Leeds, Light Up Lancaster, Lightwaves at Salford Quays

Eden Project: Public Arts in Morecambe

Eden Project North is seeking local, national and international practitioners to develop public art projects, over the next twelve months

Kathy Hinde: Commission

Across 2017 and 2018 we have been working with award winning Bristol based artist, Kathy Hinde, on a new commission which culminates in a playful new work in the Storey Gardens at Light Up Lancaster 2018. 

Katie Etheridge & Simon Persighetti - DIY Twin Town

“How can the town you live in resource and challenge your arts practice?” is the question we are currently exploring with Katie Etheridge and Simon Persighetti's project DIY Twin Town

This Place Project - artist opportunity

This Place Project is investigating the identity of Lancaster District from the perspective of its people and communities. 

A commission opportunity for artists is now available with a deadline of noon, 17 August 2018. 

Diverse Actions Commission 18-19

Lancaster Arts is now offering a Diverse Actions commission for a new piece to premiere as part of its Spring 2019 Season. Deadline: 12noon Thu 26 July 

DIY Twin Town: Call for Participants

DIY Twin Town: Weekender for regional artists to connect, exchange, celebrate and create a Live Art Twinning Ceremony!

Diverse Actions Commission 2018

Lancaster Arts is now offering a Diverse Actions commission for a new piece to premiere as part of its autumn 2018 Season. Deadline: Midnight Sunday 22 April 

DIY 15: 2018 - Call for Proposals

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual research, training and professional development projects for themselves and other artists.

The Hum

The Hum is a free sound and movement trail centered across the Lancaster district. The piece weaves together a soundtrack on an audience member’s smartphone with visuals of the existing environment to create an experience which is half reality, half cinema. 

Rich Tea & Currency

Rich Tea and Currency is an accessible, respectful and confidential space where a group comes together to discuss and freely share their thoughts around the difficult, and oft-times taboo subject of MONEY. 

Foot In The Door 2018: Call for artists

We are now looking for five artists to participate in the development residency. £400 bursaries + travel & accomodation are offered.

Beyond Blasted

See the BLASTED film and read about the artists' process.


One hundred years ago a blast rocked Lancashire. The munitions depot at White Lund in Morecambe exploded with a force that could be heard as far away as Burnley.  In order to maintain wartime morale, press reports were suppressed at the time and the incident was buried in all but the memories of the people involved.


A call out for participants to take part in a performance and film project to mark the centenary of the White Lund explosions.

DIY 14: 2017 - Giovanna Maria Casetta: Help The Aged

A traditional seaside weekender: fish and chips, bingo, promenading on the pier, discussing and rewriting the rules for ageing artists with a punk/anarchic ethos

The Nuffield Bursary 2017: Call for artists

The Nuffield Bursary offers artists/companies the time, space, financial and technical resource to make a new live work in the context of a structured residency. Please apply by 11th April 2017 at 12noon.

Hear Me Roar: Labour, Protest, Class

Hear Me Roar! Feminist Arts Festival springs back, April 26th - May 3rd 2017


DIY 14: 2017 - Call for proposals

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists.
Application deadline: 12noon, Monday 13 March 2017.

Theatre Club

A chance to socialise after selected peformances in a relaxed environment whilst sharing post-show thoughts.

Foot In The Door - Artists Call Out

We are now looking for three artists to participate in the development residency. £500 bursaries as well as a budget for materials will be made available. 

Local Opportunities for Artists

A summary of upcoming artist opportunities via Lancaster Arts Partners & Light Up Lancaster.

Rough & Ready: Call for Works in Progress

Rough & Ready 'Scratch Night'
A night for artists, both emerging and established, to test, trial and get feedback on new or in progress work.

Hear Me Roar 2017 Commission Call

Hear Me Roar 2017 Commission
Ahead of the festival’s third edition, which will take place in Lancaster in Spring 2017, we are commissioning an artist or company to develop a new artwork.

Change and Interchange

Change and Interchange is a pilot programme to trial new working methods for Peter Scott Gallery taking place 6th October 2015 – 18th March 2016

People Pavilion at Festival of Questions: calling participants

As part of the Festival of Questions, we are seeking participants to take part in an exciting art project called People Pavilion that will be presented in the streets of Lancaster on Sat 6th February 2016.  

People Pavilion at Lancashire Encounter Festival

Lancaster Arts are presenting Laurence Payot and Ailie Rutherford’s People Pavilion as part of Preston's Lancashire Encounter Festival this September.  

Artist Teacher Associates Summer School

Live at LICA is delighted to host the first Artist Teacher Associates Summer School at the Peter Scott Gallery.

Artist Teacher Associates - Lead Artist/ Curator Open Call

The Artist Teacher Associates and Curious Minds are seeking to appoint a Lead Artist/Curator to plan the 2015/16 Artist Teacher Summer School and Programme.

DIY 12: 2015 - Zierle & Carter and Christina Georgiou with Live at LICA

Applications are open for a 5 day workshop, held in a secret location in Lancashire, led by Zierle & Carter and Christina Georgiou as part of DIY 12: 2015.

DIY 12: 2015 - Call Out For Participants

Annnouncing the artists who will be leading DIY 12: 2015 projects - the call for participants is now open.

OPEN 2015: Call for ideas

For the second year running, as part of our forthcoming OPEN season, Live At LICA is offering three micro-bursaries to artists interested in joining us to discuss their ideas.

DIY 12: 2015. Call for Proposals

DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run unusual training and professional development projects for other artists.

Literature competition

Live at LICA and LitFest are seeking entries from budding writers to celebrate the Museum of Water exhibition in the gallery at The Storey 6-8 & 20-22 February 2015.

Clod Ensemble: Workshop

Drawing on French theatre teacher Jacques Lecoq’s ideas about physicality - this workshop will touch on illustrative movement, character, and genre as well as the role that music has to play in illuminating a narrative.

Photography Competition

Currently seeking photographic entries by Lancaster and Morecambe residents to celebrate the opening of the Museum of Water exhibition in the gallery at The Storey 6-8 & 20-22 February 2015. 

Lead Artist(s) required for Early Years Performance

Lead Artist(s) required for Early Years Outreach Co-commission for Big Imaginations. Closing Date: 26 January 2015.

Live at LICA - Festive Card Competition

Live at LICA invite all our students, staff, supporters and patrons to embrace their artistic side this November and enter our Festive Card Competition.

DEADLINE: Friday 5 December, 12noon

The Nuffield Creative Bursary

Live At LICA is launching The Nuffield Creative Bursary a new practice-based initiative offering artists, the opportunity to undertake a supported residency in the Nuffield theatre. Apply by 1st December. 

Horizontal Collaboration: Casting Call

Live At LICA are currently casting male and female actors, 35+, all ethnicities, for their production of David Leddy’s play Horizontal Collaboration, at the Dukes on 24th October

Apply by 12noon, Friday 10th October 2014 by sending expression of interest/short C.V. to

Drunken Nights: Call for artists

An exciting series of live events and development opportunities, supporting early career artists to create new performance work for pubs.

Deadline for applications 20th October 2014

Candoco Dance Company - Workshop

Friday 28 November, 2-5pm

Join Candoco dancers who will be leading a workshop for disabled and non-disabled dancers.

Steal this workshop! Sharing

Following a 2 day workshop, DIY artists host a small sharing from 6 p.m. at Live At LICA on Sunday 24th August

The Nine O'Clock News: Call for artists

A unique opportunity for artists to create a bespoke, never before seen evening of performance with Daniel Bye. Deadline 1st September. 


Interactions is an artist development project led by a group of 5 experienced artists who make socially-engaged performance work and are based across the North West and in Yorkshire.

Jonathan Coleman

Artist Jonathan Coleman is currently developing his début solo performance at Live At LICA

DIY 11: 2014 Call for participants

Andy Field: STEAL THIS WORKSHOP! A practical experiment in flagrant plagiarism.

OPEN: Bursary recipients

The OPEN micro-bursary award winners are Annie Harrisson, Nathan Birkinshaw and Gareth Cutter

OPEN: Micro bursaries

As part of our forthcoming event OPEN Live at LICA are offering three micro bursaries to North West-based artists who either make or are interested in making performance.

Summer School 2014

From 4th-8th August, Hetain Patel invites participants to engage in an intensive summer school exploring movement, performance and film. 

DIY 11: 2014

Professional development projects BY artists FOR artists across the UK, Live At LICA with LADA. The call for proposals is now open. Deadline noon, Tuesday April 29th.

Live at LICA & Ludus: Dance Cuts 2013

Live at LICA and Ludus Dance, with special guest company Candoco, present our biannual celebration of new dance from the region.

Candoco Dance: Artists Summer School 2013

Our International Artists Summer School is led by the internationally renowned dance company Candoco in August 2013.

Live at LICA Supported Artists: Mel Brimfield

Mel Brimfield's diverse art practice takes a romp through the vexed history of performance art.

Live at LICA Supported Artists: Invisible Flock

Invisible Flock make installations, games, live performances and events, often using hidden technology.

DIY9: Call for Participants

DIY 9 is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to take part in unusual training and professional development projects conceived and run by artists for artists.

Summer School 2012: imitating the dog

imitating the dog (itd) invite participants to engage in a five-day intensive summer school in August 2012.

Making Frames

Making Frames gave three artists the time and space to experiment with digital screen-based technology, using the University’s PDNET network to create sited and mobile artworks. 

An Exquisite Corpse for 2012

In a continuation of our programming and curatorial experiments we now launch a new year-long experiment: An Exquisite Corpse for 2012.

SYMPOSIUM: Getting It Out There

A one-day symposium for those making, presenting and supporting performance, contemporary theatre and live art in England.


Roger Hill is running an artist’s workshop exploring place and the built environment in a context of relentless economic change.

Turn 2012 - Call for Proposals

North West dancers and dance-makers (aged 18+) are invited to submit proposals of short pieces of work, works in progress or extracts of longer works.

WORKSHOP: Devising Dance & Physical Performance

Ideal for those studying theatre, dance or performing arts. (Key Stage 4 and beyond)

WORKSHOP: Devising for Theatre

Creative Workshops for Schools (KS4 & KS5) led by Reckless Sleepers

DIY with Live at LICA: past projects

Past DIY Artist Development projects FOR artists LED by artists, taking place with the support of Live at LICA.  

Talking Birds Summer School: Theatre Spectres

Talking Birds ran a 5-day
intensive school in Morecambe's highly charged Winter Gardens.

All Maps Welcome

All Maps Welcome took place in the summer of 2007.