New Creatives Open Call

2020 – 2021

This open call is now closed. Winners for the final round of New Creatives will be announced shortly.

Calling young London-based creatives aged 16 years up! Apply to make your own short audio piece or moving image work. With the help and support of industry professionals, bring your creative ideas to reality.

We are looking for work from a diverse array of artists, aged between 16 and 30 years, that reflects the multiplicity of London’s voices. New Creatives aims to present perspectives that are often under represented on screen, on air and online.

What we are looking for
For the audio commissions, we are interested in proposals for works that will push boundaries and surprise listeners with their inventiveness and ingenuity. Audio works might take the form of spoken word, poetry, experimental narrative, or soundscapes, or combine these forms to create new approaches to sound and story. Audio works can range between
5 – 12 minutes.

For the moving image commissions, we want to hear new voices and see visual approaches that are exciting and memorable. We’re looking for strong proposals that demonstrate the breadth of possibility offered by the medium – this might be through innovation in style or structure, or new ways of working with narrative, animation, performance, scripted drama or dance. Moving image works can range from 90 seconds to 3 minutes.

Take a look at the artists SPACE worked with in the first year of the New Creatives programme:

Joe Adams and Tom Reeves, whose short film +44 explores notions of masculinity and what the future might hold.

Dita Hashi, Between Heaven and London. Against the backdrop of local council estates, two friends talk about a changing London, Grenfell and survival against the odds.

Tanaka Fuego, Decolonisation of a Queer Carcass and Stew. A spoken word exploration of the day and night polarity of being trans masculine, Black and breathing.

Aladin Borioli, Shared Sensibilities attempts to reveal the limit of human senses, and imminent ecological crash, in collaboration with musicians, writers, artists, and an orchestra of bees.


This is the final open call for ICA’s In Production initiative which provides the opportunity for young people, based in London, to produce new work with the support of industry professionals. This opportunity is offered as part of New Creatives, a nation-wide series of commissioning opportunities developed by BBC Arts and Arts Council England for emerging artists wanting to work with audio or moving image. The commissioned artists will present their work in a dedicated showcase at the ICA and their work may also be selected to be broadcast on television and radio under BBC Introducing Arts, on BBC iPlayer or BBC Sounds. SPACE is one of six New Creatives production partners, including the ICA, Kingston School of Art, NTS, Dazed Media and Werkflow.