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Published on: Tuesday May 24, 2022

FABRIC (Dance4 and DanceXchange) is launching a new residency programme to provide artists based in the UK with money, space, and staff time to explore new ideas or support the realisation of projects.

We have a total budget of £50,000 (not including access costs) to distribute across a minimum of 8 projects. If we supported 8 projects, each would average at £6250. We welcome smaller (min. £1000) and larger (max. £10000) requests and hope to support more than 8 if we can.

We will offer at least 2 residency places to artists that currently live in the Midlands and at least 2 residency places to artists that identify as D/deaf/ Disabled/ neurodivergent or with a long-term health condition.

Residencies will take place before April 2023. Delivery can be in consecutive blocks or individual days to work around other work/life commitments.

The offer includes Space, Money and Staff time. There are two strands available to apply for:

Open Research

This opportunity is for research into new ways of thinking about and doing dance, movement, and choreography with an emphasis on ideas that need time and space to explore, test and develop, rather than creation of new work. We are excited to receive proposals that have the potential to engage the public now in these processes.


This opportunity is for projects that have already undertaken research and development processes and could benefit from a residency to support the final stages of creation. The residency will include testing your work with a public and should lead to an outcome that can be presented from April 2023 onward as part of a wider tour, produced by you. Projects should already have other partners and funders involved.

We work to celebrate and encourage diversity in our workforce, artistic programme and our audiences. We want to reduce any barriers that this opportunity may present to you, and we have a budgeted to support access costs, separate to the residency budget for all selected projects.

We actively encourage applications from artists with different lived experiences, skills, perspectives, and stories. We are keen to receive proposals that reflect a broad range of experiences across age, disability, gender, ethnicity and economic backgrounds. We will ensure that there is a representation of society across awarded places.

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DanceXchange and Dance4 are merging to form a new single strategic organisation called FABRIC, building on the strengths of the two successful organisations. Together we are combining our complementary knowledge, skills and expertise, working to transform lives, communities and places through dance. Find out more at