Call Out

Photo by Ben Stanley

OUR HOUSE Artist Takeover – Call Out

As part of our opening season at our new home – The Talent House, at 3 Sugar House Lane in Stratford – East London Dance is looking for artists, groups or collectives to curate one of up to three planned weeks of dance related activities to bring the building to life.

OUR HOUSE is a brand-new East London Dance programme which hands over creative control of our programming to independent artists and collectives like you, to make the decisions within our artistic offer and curate activity that supports and celebrates your communities and peers. It is part of East London Dance’s commitment to support the careers of independent artists and producers and the creation of new work; and to make our new building a resource and home for our artistic communities. 

The Brief

As curator you will have full creative reigns to programme activity in the building and any digital or online elements you wish to include, but your week of activity must include these three elements, all linked by an overarching theme chosen by you:

  • educational (e.g. panel discussions, masterclasses, research)
  • participatory (e.g. workshops, battles, outreach)
  • performative (e.g. sharing, screening, exhibition).

Please keep in mind, the key target audience for these weeks is independent artists and producers. If selected as a curator, our East London Dance producers will work closely with you to make your creative vision a reality. You will be provided with a curator’s fee; a programming budget; space for the week (including 2 dance studios); event staffing; and production, marketing and professional development support.

The Timeline

  • Mon 8 Nov 2021, 9am: Deadline for applications
  • Wed 10 Nov: Curators selected
  • Fri 12 Nov: Applicants informed of decision
  • Mid Nov: Curator briefing with East London Dance Producers
  • Mon 29 Nov: Curator meet up & promo shoot
  • Dec-Mar: 4 in-person planning days

Each of the three chosen Artist Curators/collectives will be given access to the building for one of the following three weeks. Therefore when applying you will need to confirm that you are available for all days in at least one of these weeks:

  • OUR HOUSE Week 1: 28 Feb – 6 Mar
  • OUR HOUSE Week 2: 21 Mar – 27 Mar
  • OUR HOUSE Week 3: 9 May – 15 May

Please note that even if available for all three weeks, curators will only be offered a single week to present their takeover.

NB – the above dates were altered on 25 Oct 2021 – the originally advertised (now removed) week of  31 Jan – 6 Feb, will no longer take place, instead there has been an additional week added, between 9 May – 15 May.

The Artist Curator must:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Commit to project monitoring and evaluation
  • Commit to 12 days of work between November and March
  • Be available on 29 November and for all days of one of the takeover weeks
  • Have the right to work in the UK
  • Be registered as self-employed
  • Have a UK bank account
  • Be willing to work collaboratively with the East London Dance producers

The Fee

The Artist Curator(s) will receive a fee of £2,500 for this position, equivalent to at least 12 days of work at £200 per day, between November and March. They will also have access to further budgets to develop and produce the proposed activities.

If you apply as a group or collective the curator fee will need to be divided amongst yourselves, with one lead applicant receiving payment.

Before applying, please read the OUR HOUSE application info sheet here.

Apply Now

To apply – please complete the below form by 9am on Monday 8 November.

We especially welcome and encourage applications from people of African or Caribbean heritage, South Asian heritage, East Asian heritage, West Asian heritage, Central Asian heritage, South East Asian heritage, people of Middle East and North African heritage and people of Latinx heritage.

If you plan to fill in the form on a mobile device, we recommend completing it here.

If you have any questions or would like support with your application, please email our Artist Support Producer at maren.ellermann@eastlondondance.org

OUR HOUSE is funded by an Arts Council England Project Grant and supported by Sadler’s Wells



DateApplication deadline - Mon 8 Nov


Location The Talent House
3 Sugar House Lane
E15 2QS

Read the OUR HOUSE application info pack here

OUR HOUSE is funded by an Arts Council England Project Grant and supported by Sadler’s Wells