Artist call-out: South by South East Festival

1DegreeEast & Gulbenkian are welcoming local creatives to apply for an investment of up to £700 (there is no minimum application amount) -whether you want to test out an idea, put a new show on in Kent or Essex or collaborate with another creative. Any art form will be considered as well as performance including digital work, music/sound, food or design.

Successful commissions will form a sharing during the South by South East Festival taking place at the Gulbenkian in Canterbury on 11 & 12 May.



Please tell us in your application:

  • a bit about you

  • tell us your idea and what you want to do

  • how the South by South East mini-commission could make the difference to your creative project and/or your local audiences

  • How much are you applying for and what will you spend it on? Please note successful applicants will need to provide a budget.

  • Anything else you want to tell us that you feel is relevant

  • Add your mobile and email contact details.

Please also confirm that you are able to:

  • Share your activity through pictures and other media online and in person at the South by South East Festival event at Gulbenkian, taking place on 11 & 12 May

  • Be ready to deliver this activity by 11 May 2022

  • Are willing to attend a meeting with 1DegreeEast Producers Hub before the activity delivery date

Please submit your application (no more than 2-sides of an A4 or more than 5 minutes of video) on

Application deadline: Fri 8 April 2022 11:59PM

Selection process: Applications will selected by a panel comprising 1DegreeEast and Gulbenkian.



  • applicants must be over 18 years old

  • live or work in Kent or Esssex

  • not have been in receipt of any previous public funding for this project

  • have an idea for a creative performing arts project that has the potential to engage with audiences in Kent/Essex


In return for our creative investment, we ask that you:

  • Have an excerpt or short piece of work ready to be included in the sharing during South by South East Festival taking place on the 11 & 12 May 2022

  • Create content to help us tell the story of your commission on our website and social media.

We will ask you to:

  • Write a short description of your project including anything practical you might need from us to realise your idea (for eg. tech equipment or space)

  • Provide a photo or other visual material that represents your project

  • Write a short blog about your commission

  • Report back on any audience/participant engagement following the festival

  • Have a conversation with 1DegreeEast Producers' Hub about the future potential of your project

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us on