Current Commissions

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Each year Exeter Phoenix commissions new work from filmmakers and visual artists as part of our commitment to supporting artists. These bursary schemes nurture great talent and support the production of new work.

2021 Ignite and SeeD Commissions

Exeter Phoenix recognises that the creation of new works in theatre and performance plays an important role in reflecting our culture, establishing individual voices as well as group dynamics, and can help theatre makers and artists develop new skills and long-term relationships with cast, crew and theatre audiences, both locally and nationally. 

Exeter Phoenix has previously provided theatre commissioning opportunities with Come As You Are Festival, but this is the first time Exeter Phoenix will be providing a theatre commissioning opportunity for theatre makers / artists to be included within our main regular programme. 

The commissions support the production of new theatre and performance. The aims for these commissioning opportunities are to:

  • Support new, emerging & established talent within Devon
  • Connect theatre makers and artists to a wider cultural network in the region 
  • Recognise and amplify voices & companies from underrepresented backgrounds 
  • Provide a platform for theatre makers & artists to present new, fresh and inspiring ideas from a range of perspectives to a live audience, and to receive meaningful feedback on their work
  • Offer producing, dramaturgical & mentoring support 

Applications are currently open for the following opportunities

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Devon Ignite Commission for Ethnically Diverse Artists (£1000)

Exeter Phoenix will award one Devon Ignite Commission of £1000 to an ethnically diverse theatre maker / artist / collective to make 25-30 minutes of new material.

This commission is geared towards theatre-makers who have already developed their practice somewhat, have ideas in the making or want the opportunity to generate a new idea, and need the time, money and support to get that idea fleshed out and onto a stage. 

Deadline: Fri 28 May, 5pm

Find out more and apply >>

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Devon Ignite Commission for d/Deaf, Neurodivergent and Disabled Artists (£1000) 

Exeter Phoenix will award one Devon Ignite Commission of £1000 to a D/deaf, Neurodivergent or Disabled theatre maker / artist / collective to make 25-30 minutes of new material.

This commission is geared towards theatre-makers who have already developed their practice somewhat, have ideas in the making or want the opportunity to generate a new idea, and need the time, money and support to get that idea fleshed out and onto a stage. 

Deadline: Fri 28 May, 5pm

Find out more and apply >> 

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Devon Seed Commissions (£500)

Exeter Phoenix will award 2 x Devon Seed Commissions of £500 each to a theatre maker / artist / collective for 10-15 minutes of new material, in the form of a performance or a participatory workshop / experience for audience members.

This commission is geared towards new/emerging theatre-makers who are still developing their practice or experimenting with their style & form, and don’t necessarily have any concrete ideas for a show but would like to dedicate some time to exploration. 

Deadline: Fri 28 May, 5pm 

Find out more and apply >>

2021 FILM & MOVING IMAGE Commissions

Applications are now closed, but we look forward to sharing updates about the following 2021 Commissions in due course:

South West Documentary Short Film Commission

We will award one South West Documentary Commission of £1000 for the development of an inspiring documentary, up to 12 minutes in length.

Applications have now closed.

South West Short Film Commission

We will award one South West Short Film Commission of £1500 for the development of an inspiring and original short film of any genre, up to 12 minutes in length.

Applications have now closed.

Devon Short Film Commission

We will award one Devon Short Film Commission of £1500 for the development of an inspiring and original short film of any genre, up to 12 minutes in length.

Applications have now closed.

Micro Short Film Commission

We will offer two Micro Film Commission awards of £500. We are looking for concise, innovative stories that can be delivered as an engaging narrative in only 3 minutes.

Applications have now closed.

Artists Moving Image Commission

Open to contemporary visual artists based in the South West, we are looking for original and engaging ideas, whether more traditional, experimental, conceptual, narrative or abstract in form and structure. One award of £1500 will be made.

Applications have now closed.