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Artist Commission: Unexpected Tales

Pull up a chesterfield, throw another log on the fire, it’s time to hear another Unexpected Tale.

This is Attenborough Art Centre’s second call out for a performing arts commission. As an inclusive arts centre, offering opportunities for all, Attenborough Arts Centre will be happy to receive applications from all professional individual artists or theatre companies, regardless of experience.

This summer we will host a number of commissions from an artist or company coming to Attenborough Arts Centre to tell us and our audiences a story. An audience of no more than 30 will be present (from a student bubble, or if allowed and agreed a public audience), with the story either recorded with the live audience or before one enters (according to preference), for a wider audience to enjoy at home.

There is no overarching theme to these stories, so feel free to think as creatively as you wish. Please do however let us know if you would prefer to visit Attenborough Arts Centre to tell a story on a specific theme or date. We will have the Mik Godley exhibition Considering Silesia in our galleries Summer 2021, so there would also be the opportunity to tell your story within that if you wished. More information on this particular artist can be found here and more on the Exhibitions page.

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People at a microphone telling a story

How to apply

Please fill in the form below and return to We also accept video applications, please send links to these to The deadline for commission applications is 5pm on Friday 19 March 2021.

Equal Opportunities

Attenborough Arts Centre has a 20 year track record in promoting work by disabled artists and those working in inclusive practice but is committed to enabling access for all to improve equity and representation. We are committed to ensuring all applicants are considered fairly based on their performance. This ensures we recruit the best talent for the programme from the widest possible talent pool, irrespective of background, socio-economic status, gender, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics. We are actively encouraging applications from artists/companies of all backgrounds.