EXPERIMENTICA announces more commissions for UK based artists Posted on 11 Jun 2021


Experimentica is a live art festival in Cardiff that encourages risk, collaboration and exchange between artists and audiences.

The festival commissions and hosts a dynamic programme of live art, performance and interdisciplinary projects and offers a platform for UK and international artists at all stages in their careers, to present experimental work in an open and supportive environment.

For our 2021 festival (4, 5 and 6 November) we will be exploring narratives and alternatives to the status quo; questioning accepted ways of thinking; giving a voice to the underrepresented and challenging existing forms of storytelling – exploring democracy, agency and open authorship.



We are looking for artists based in the UK who are engaged in the creation of experimental performance, writing, sound, film and video, dance, theatre or any other live medium.

We are keen to hear from artists who want to participate in discussions around their practice in a supportive and social environment, who want to share ideas, expand understandings and reflect on experiences during the festival.

We welcome proposals from individuals and groups who are excited by the possibility of experimentation and by those who take risks.

You may want to work in a new way that engages with the festival and its wider context whether live, online, in print, through radio or other broadcast means. If you have an idea that you would like to test out; a fully realised work that you would like to show for the first time, or a performance that you have shown before but would like the chance to bring it to new audiences, we would like to hear from you.

This year we plan to present the festival in hybrid form in response to our artists’ and audiences’ needs so we will consider works either suitable for a live, in-venue performance or via other digital means.



  • Each selected project will be given a £1000 fee;
  • Travel and accommodation will be paid separately;
  • Production advice and support from our programme team;
  • Technical advice and support from our in-house team;
  • Documentation of your presentation or event;
  • Rehearsal space leading up to the festival;
  • We can also offer our Zoom webinar platform for rehearsal, development, meetings, and so on. This is a premium account that means that you can host without a time limit.



If you’re interested in applying, please email the following to festival@chapter.org:

  • A completed application form (download it here) OR a video or voice note (no longer than 5 minutes) to include a description of your project or project idea;
  • A short biography or links to your website or relevant social media activity. Don’t worry if this is not possible, its useful for us to see but it’s not essential;
  • A completed Equal Opportunities monitoring form. (Download it here).

Applications submitted by video or voice note should be accessible via a password-protected platform such as Vimeo. Visual quality, camera and editing skills will not be taken into consideration for filmed submissions. 


DEADLINE: 17:00 on Monday 5 July 2021.



We especially welcome applications from artists who are currently under-represented in the sector. This includes, but is not exclusive to, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic artists, Disabled, D/deaf and neuro divergent practitioners, those who identify as LGBTQIA+, and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds. 

Our decision-making panel will include a varied demographic of lived experiences including Chapter programme staff and independent practitioners/curators.

If you would like more information or require this information in a different format, please email festival@chapter.org

If you would like to have a further discussion about the application process Catherine Angle will be available for 15 minute slots to answer any questions you have on 16, 23 and 30 June, please email festival@chapter.org to register your interest.