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2022 Alternate Realities Commission


Open call for applications to the 2022 Sheffield DocFest Alternate Realities Commission

Up to £15k funding, curatorial, production and marketing support is available for an artist or collective to create/complete a new, non-fiction digital project. The succesful proposal will exhibit at Site Gallery during Sheffield DocFest 2022 (23-28 June).

This open call is for artists who work in digital non-fiction, create immersive experiences or experiment with new technologies. We encourage applications from debut, emerging and established artists and collectives from the UK and internationally.

Who can we support?

  • We welcome applications from artists based in the UK and internationally
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to innovation in digital storytelling in the realm of non-fiction
  • Evidence of a strong body of artistic work, including a proven track record of recent work, projects, exhibitions, publishing, and/or commissions is desirable, but not essential as this is completion funding
  • The panel is open to projects that may have already started or are in production, providing we are made aware of any other partners or funding bodies involved in the project
  • It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted projects. Sheffield DocFest will not be held responsible for the unauthorised inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or related to the submitted application.

The commission is made possible with thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England and Site Gallery.

Prize Summary: 
Up to £15k complete funding for an artist or collective from anywhere around the world
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How can we support you?

The selected proposal will be awarded up to £15,000 to cover artist fees, production costs and expenses. Travel (including international flights) and accommodation for the selected artist(s) to install their work and participate in our Alternate Realities programme at the Festival will come from this fund.

The selected winner cannot use the funding to build a marketing campaign for an existing work. Both Sheffield DocFest and Site Gallery will provide marketing support and expertise to promote the Commissioned work. 

We will support display costs through securing the venue and basic AV equipment (subject to technical requirements) and we will also provide the technical support needed to exhibit the work as part of the festival. Sheffield DocFest will act as Executive Producer and we will offer curatorial and production support in the delivery and marketing of the commission.

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Arts Grants Scheme


The Arts Grants scheme welcomes applications from individuals and organisations looking to produce excellent and engaging art projects across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and offers grants of up to £3,000.

The Arts Grants scheme has funded over 350 projects in the last 15 years, which have included creative writing, art workshops, community-devised opera, dance for the over 60s, art bus tours, sound installations, radio and Algoraving (to name a handful)!


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Rebecca Vassie memorial Award

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Deadline: 19 October 2018

Who can apply: An early-to-mid-career photographer in or from the UK

The award: £2,000 to undertake a narrative photography project with a social or political context; approx. £1,000-worth of printing at Metro Imaging; support from the Trust towards public and industry exposure of the work; membership of Shutter Hub.

How to apply: Full submission information at

Judges include: Matthew Tucker (BBC News); Melanie Hough (Getty Images); Jennifer Thatcher (Art Monthly).

Fee Detail: 
Free submission
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