Commissions are open – Rounds 2 and 3


Co-Creating Change Project Commissions are open for submissions. Commissions are open to everyone, whether or not they are part of the Co-Creating Change network.

Round 2 closes at 5pm on Monday 16th September 2019. Round 3 closes at 5pm on Monday 18th November 2019. There will be no gap between these two rounds, so if you miss Round 2, you can immediately submit an application for Round 3.

Co-Creating Change Project Commissions are for projects which use co-creation to effect real social change. They are not designed to support conventional participatory arts projects, in which people are invited to join in with the work of an artist or organisation. Instead they are designed to support projects which see people and partners working together to create.

The aim of these commissions is to demonstrate and explore the crucial role arts practice and creative process can play in addressing some of the most urgent social and environmental challenges we are facing as a society today. For example, previous commissions have gone to women in Bootle to address ways of living with debt, people from across rural communities in Devon to tackle the climate crisis, and asylum seekers in Gateshead to promote happiness in the local community (see picture above: The Happiness Project with Curious Monkey).

If you are interested in applying for a commission, please download and read the R2-3 Info & Guidelines before sending a completed R2-3 application form and Agency Scale to before the relevant deadline.

If your application is successful, you will need to attend a pre-project evaluation planning and learning workshop. This will take place on Tuesday 15th October 2019 in London for Round 2, and Tuesday 7th January 2020 (location TBC) for Round 3. If you are a successful Round 2 applicant but your project activity doesn’t begin until 2020, you can choose to attend the January workshop instead of the October one, if you prefer.

You may find it useful to look at these two examples of completed Agency Scales before filling in your own:
The Agency
BAC Homegrown

These are two existing projects at BAC which are used as examples here in order to demonstrate how the Agency Scale tool works. You can see that The Agency, with a 57/43 weighting, is a co-creation project, whereas BAC Homegrown, with an 85/15 weighting, is not.