DIY9: Call for Participants

Louise Mari and Neil Barratt's DIY 9 project, Morecambe 2012

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.

All projects take place between August and October 2012 .

DIY 9 projects are aimed at both emergent and experienced practitioners, and take place throughout the UK. The DIY 9 programmes take many forms, with a variety of themes this year including fabulation, spirituality, anarchist bomb plots, the ethics of oil sponsorship, citizen robots, and even bouldering.

The project supported by Live at LICA this year will be run by artists Nigel Barrett and Louise Mari.

Call for Participants 

‘When I was a little girl/ When I was a little boy…’ Who actually gives a shit?  

A workshop questioning the assumed interest of an audience in an artist’s life and opinions.

Project summary:
During a three day intensive workshop we want to investigate a prevalent belief among artists that they, their lives and their opinions are inherently interesting to the general public.

We want the group to look at the use of autobiographical detail, the physical exploration of the artist’s body and the expression of personal opinion in live art, theatre, music, art and performance to investigate when the use of self as ones material becomes indulgent, therapy inflicted on the public, or simply uninteresting to anyone else except the artist themselves (and maybe their mother). We will explore when it is and when it isn’t, where a line might be and why we believe that is.

We aim to meet in Morecambe on a Friday morning and work and eat together for three days, during which we would make and perform a series of personal or group presentations which we will show to a variety of audiences and culminate in a public showing on the Sunday night in a local pub.

At the end we hope to publish (in a mutually agreed format) a manifesto that is created and approved by the whole group. The presentations on the Sunday night should support and make manifest the principles of the manifesto.

The outcome, we hope, for all involved will be a broadening of knowledge, perspective, methodology and a deeper and more sophisticated consideration of the audience as part of all of our practices.

Dates, times and location:
Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September 2012
Starting 10am Friday, ending midnight Sunday

Taking place in Morecambe, Lancashire

Application procedure:

We would welcome anyone who is interested in exploring these questions and feels they have something to offer to the debate. You do not need to be a performer but you will need to be comfortable getting up and presenting ideas to the group and to the general public.

We would like you to send us a short cv, an expression of interest or why you want to be involved and write us a one page statement of your thoughts about the subject, using examples. We will try to select a broad spectrum of people with conflicting interests and opinions on this subject.

You will need to find and pay for you own accommodation and travel but we will provide all meals for you. If you have special dietary needs please let us know.

Please send your application to (cc’d to

Closing date for applications is Monday 9th July, 2012.

The artists:
Nigel and Louise have been working in theatre for more than 20 years, Nigel as a performer/director and Louise as writer/dramaturg/live artist. They have spent the last six years making work together as a partnership. Louise is a founder member of shunt and Nigel is an Associate Artist of shunt and also of Sulayman Al-Bassam Theatre.

Contact information:

Please email in the first instance:

This project was a response to the DIY 9 Call for Proposals