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Open ended question having not read the brief!
  • In order to apply for a sway commission you need to tell us what your idea is. (in max 250 words)
  • You must attach a budget.
  • It must involve the performing body.
  • It must involve direct engagement with the public.
  • The commissions are not for making performance and then showing it.
  • We will not host SWAYs – they happen where you make them happen and this must be in the UK.
  • They are not for running workshops.
  • They are for ideas for communication, creating responses, inspiring change (however small) in others, disturbances, interventions…
  • SWAY must not involve or facilitate any air travel.
  • SWAY commissions must be completed by January 21st 2019
  • SWAY artists must be able to attend the Serious Circus Symposium on either Feb 15th or 16th in order to share their experience (the practicalities of this will be organised after Jan 21st.).
Have your read the brief?
Or listened to the verbal description?
Or checked out the FAQs?
Can I use a SWAY commission to run a series of workshops?
This is a difficult one.  Strictly speaking a workshop could be described as direct engagement.  However this is not strictly the kind of thing we are looking for.  The aim is to inspire or engender new models for engaging people, rather than carry out – albeit well-intentioned and professional – tried and tested methods of running sessions, workshops, training initiatives etc.  
What if I am only available for one of the Symposium days?
That’s fine.  You could present on the day that you are available.
My hopes for the future of what? The world? The project?  Other people? My self?
Good Question!  This is really for research purposes to gain an idea of how performers and artists are feeling about the future in general, so any answer is appropriate.  Whatever it is that occurs to you.

Who is on the panel?

The panel has not yet been confirmed but it will be three or four people representing the following:

  • Socially engaged programming 
  • Radical practice or engagement specialist
  • circus, dance or physical performance
  • political activism or environmental science working on psychology

Does the project have to result in a performance?

Performing is at the heart of SWAY, and performing bodies is the criteria.  However, SWAY commissions are not to support you to make a show, it is absolutely not about the making of issue-based work.   Obviously there will be performance material made, and you might end up performing as part of your engagement experiment, but SWAY commissions are not designed to fund part of a production period, they are stand alone moments which may or may not inform future productions.

Can I come up with an idea purely for a SWAY application?

Absolutely.  If these commissions result in artists pondering about their engagement and dreaming up ways to connect with audiences in totally new ways then we will consider it successful.  If you have an idea that doesn’t quite fit the bill you could always come up with a different one or create a separate element of engagement and prosocial thinking that might inform your original idea.  If you want to use SWAY funds towards your making and devising of an issue based piece you will be missing the point, but there is no harm in a SWAY project going on to informing such work, just not as part of the SWAY budget.

Where can SWAY commissions be carried out?

Anywhere in the UK.  Overseas collaborations are fine with one main artist resident in the UK and no air travel as a result of the commission.  Every successful SWAY artist will attend the Symposium, February 15th and/or 16th 2019, at Jacksons Lane Theatre, London.  All artists are responsible for having enough budget left to be able to attend and present an appropriate element of their project to the Symposium attenders.  It is hoped that no-one will fly in order to attend the Symposium and digital conferencing technology will be used to increase access to the event, including bringing in speakers and audiences.  Link ups could be used to support SWAY presentations at Jacksons Lane by bringing in those unable to be present.  However at least one SWAY artist is required to attend in person.


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