• Apply for the Pentabus & Unlimited Main Commission Award which will enable new work by a disabled artist to reach audiences across the UK - click here for more info

Unlimited’s aim through their awards is to commission disabled artists and companies to make exceptional work, enabling it to reach UK and international audiences. It feels even more important at this unprecedented time, when many artists and companies have been stopped from touring and sharing work, to keep commissioning artists even when we are all unsure of where the cultural sector might be when these works will be due to bloom - that is why Pentabus is so excited to be partnering with Unlimited on one of their Main Commissions.

Pentabus' Main Commission Partner Award

This award is for applicants applying for up to £70,000.

Main commissions are for artists/companies that wish to create and share a new piece of work, which can include participatory or multidisciplinary practices. We are looking for work in any artform, that is: innovative, excellent, and led by disabled artists. Unlimited is about art, not about disability; some work may reference disability, some may not. The work can be linked to any subject or theme.

This funding is both to create the work and to share/tour/showcase it in some way. If the work has not yet gone through a research and development stage, then this is also included within a main commission.

Key Criteria

  • disability-led
  • quality, innovation and ambition
  • strong track record of creating work and reaching audiences
  • existing collaborations and partnerships (these can include those with non-disabled led companies/artists/producers) – or plans to develop these through the R&D
  • lead artist or company is resident in England or Wales

Pentabus Partner Award Additional Criteria

We are looking for work that:

  • Defines as new theatre which engages with the contemporary rural world.
  • Has the ability to tour rurally to community venues (For example; village halls, fields, festivals and studio theatres).
  • Has a maximum touring cast size of three. This award is open to playwrights, theatre makers or multi-disciplinary theatre artists. Pentabus’ work is usually rehearsed and developed at their base in Bromfield, South Shropshire. Pentabus encourage applicants who would be able to make use of this rehearsal space. For this award,

Pentabus will act as the producer.

How to apply

The application process is in two stages:

  1. Expressions of Interest
  2. Full Application, only completed by those shortlisted

Apply online at: weareunlimited.org.uk/apply-to-unlimited/main-commission-awards-2020/

Access support is available for all applications including alternative formats and funding for access support.

Commission Timelines

  • Thursday 1 October 2020 – Application portal for Expressions of Interest opens
  • Tuesday 27 October 2020, 12pm – Deadline for Expression of Interest submissions
  • Wednesday 3 December 2021 – Shortlist announced, application portal for Full Applications opens.
  • February 2021, 12pm – Deadline for Full Applications
  • March 2021 – Funding decisions announced
  • May 2021 – Projects begin
  • Autumn 2022 – Projects must be complete

For further information, please see the Partner Award section in the Guidance Documents on the Unlimited website, which shows all their criteria and funding levels.