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Dr. Martens & The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) Announce Partnership TO Support Emerging Artists with £60,000 in Grants for New Works in Artists' Moving Image
Dr. Martens & The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Opportunity closes: 30 Mar 2021
Type: Open Call
Based: London
Salary: Undisclosed

Website: ica.art
Instagram: @drmartensofficial @icalondon

Dr. Martens, the iconic brand associated with subcultures through initiatives such as the recent Dr. Martens Presents series, and the ICA, home to progressive culture in London since 1946, are working together to offer substantial support for the production of new works by independent voices in artists’ moving image.


The global pandemic has wreaked havoc across the cultural sector – closing organisations and venues, and drastically reducing opportunities for artists. The ICA & Dr. Martens have teamed up to counteract this challenging environment by presenting artists living and working in the UK with this meaningful support at a time when it is needed most.


The seven production grants – six grants of £5,000 and one major production grant of £30,000 – will support the production of new works to be premiered at Image Behaviour 2021. The ICA’s annual convening dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image, Image Behaviour is central to the ICA’s decades-long commitment to the development of artist film, from Derek Jarman, Steve McQueen and Matthew Barney to more recent works by the likes of James Richards, Metahaven and Martine Syms.

How To Apply

Artists are invited to submit their proposals through the Image Behaviour Open Call (17 February – 30 March 2021), after which an international jury will make their selections. The Image Behaviour Open Call is part of the ICA’s long-standing support for platforming new voices – and especially for artists whose work falls outside traditional categories.

Proposals can be for an event-based installation, a single- and/or multi-channel projection, a performance, an online and/or streamable work, another moving image-based format or any combination of these formats – but it must have moving image at its core.

https://www.ica.art/films/open-call-image-behaviour