Expanded Performance

Applications have now closed.
We have funding to award people exploring expanded performance (music and theatre). It comes in two rounds - first is money for thinking and later on money for making. The thinking funding ranges from £5k to £17k depending on what you apply for. To apply you must attend a workshop on either 24 or 25 Feb. Read below to find out more and how to request a place at the workshop. If you don’t digest this format of information easily, get in touch and we can talk you through it.
Deadline for workshop applications: 10am, Thursday 13 February.

The Expanded Performance theme

Innovations in technology are changing every part of the performance landscape - from how shows are made and marketed to how they are captured and distributed. VR, AR, motion capture, 5G, spatialized audio and virtual worlds are just some of the technologies changing where a performance can take place, who the audience is, and how it is experienced.

We are interested in the concept of liveness and togetherness in the context of these changes in technology - focusing on the cluster’s twin strengths of theatre and live music, where similar questions are being explored but rarely shared. We are looking for ways to strengthen both sectors through knowledge exchange and collaboration - specifically encouraging ideas which explore audio and embodiment.

This is an opportunity to connect with expertise and research facilities exploring audience behaviour; intelligent visual technology (eg. motion tracking); embodiment; immersion; narrative; storytelling, the promotion of emerging technologies and commissioning world-leading performance.

What funding is available?


  • Fellowships (grants range from £12,000 - £17,000)

We are seeking to recruit eight Fellows in Expanded Performance to join an 11-month programme to think deeply about the potential, challenges and opportunities in the area of Expanded Performance. The cohort will be made up of two Academic, two Inclusion, two Industry and two New Talent Fellows. Read more about the opportunity and how to apply.

  • Industry Partners (Grants of £5,000)

We are also seeking to recruit six Industry Partners in Expanded Performance to work with us from April to July on more focussed research. This opportunity is aimed at companies, collectives and organisations with a proven track record in this field, or who have experience that could be relevant. Read more about the opportunity and how to apply.

To apply for these opportunities you must attend a half-day workshop on either 24 or 25 Feb. At these events we will explain more about requirements and expectations, should you be awarded funding.


  • R&D Funding (two grants of £75,000)

Fellows and Industry Partners will help inform an opportunity to apply for R&D funding which will be shared in June 2020.

Contact us

If you have any questions get in touch with Producers Rachael Burton or Sarah Addezio at or call us on 0117 370 8879 if you have any questions or want to talk to us over the phone or on Skype.

Our partners bring together some exciting insight and resources:
The CREATE lab (University of Bath)
Research into spatial cognition in physical and virtual environments; technologies for children; trust, security and identity in online environments
CAMERA (University of Bath)
Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications
Vision Institute (University of Bristol)
Vision research spanning human and animal vision, artificial vision systems, visual information processing and the creative arts
Digital Research Culture Centre (UWE)
An open and collaborative network of critical thinkers and doers who interrogate, articulate and create practical approaches to responsible technological futures
The Centre for Cultural and Creative Industries (Bath Spa)
Research, engagement and discourse surrounding the theoretical, practical and commercial frameworks that embody the arts, media, or creative industries
Brigstow Institute (University of Bristol)
Brigstow brings researchers from different disciplines together with a range of partners across the city and beyond to experiment in new ways of living and being