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Closing date: 07.09.2022 12:00pm

Stomping Ground, a commissioning group of leading UK arts organisations Creative Crawley, FABRIC (Dance4 and DanceXchange together), FESTIVAL.ORG, The Place and Tramway is seeking proposals for compelling, original and bold dance works that are made for outdoor spaces.

The chosen project will receive a £25k commission – Stomping Ground’s largest commission to date – towards an original work that is expected to be presented from summer 2023.

The Stomping Ground commission is an opportunity for artists to embark on the creation of new outdoor dance work that captures the attention and imaginations of audiences in urban, rural, festival or high street spaces. Previous Stomping Ground recipients include Robby Graham, Requardt & Rosenberg, Joseph Toonga, Pagrav Dance and AndroidX + MHz.

Oppourtunity Summary


The chosen project will receive a £25k commission

Open to UK-based artists

Commissions to be presented from Summer 2023.


Information Session: Tuesday 23 August at 6 pm online (this session will be BSL interpreted). Please contact us to sign-up.

Application deadline: Wednesday 7 September 2022, 12pm

Online Interviews: Tuesday 4 October.

Shortlisted applicants notified: Friday 30 September.

Stomping Ground is seeking proposals that:
The commissioners are interested in hearing from dance makers who:

Applications from those who are currently underrepresented in the dance sector, including but not limited to: disabled artists, artists from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, artists who are from the Global Majority, artists with care responsibilities and artists who are LGBTQIA+ are strongly encouraged.


The commissioned artist will be supported on their journey from the beginnings of the idea, right through to production. Alongside the £25k commission, the partners can also offer R&D space, marketing guidance, some producing support, and other guidance.


UK-based artists, who define themselves as having an established practice, and track record of making and presenting high-quality work.

Applications from students (unless at PhD level), or artists based outside of the UK will not be eligible.


Applicants are invited to respond with an expression of interest form and Equal Opportunity Form

by Wednesday 7 September 2022, 12pm (noon)

All applicants can request feedback, and all applicants will be told the outcome of their application by Friday 30 October.

The selection is carried out by a panel of producers and programmers from the commissioning organisations, as well as an external artist.INFORMATION SESSION – BSL Interpreted

The commissioning group will be hosting a BSL-interpreted information session on Tuesday 23 August at 6pm online, where applicants will have time to ask questions.

To sign up for this event email:

Please direct any other questions regarding an application to this email address.

Closing date is Wednesday 7 September 2022, 12pm

Interviews will be Tuesday 4 October 2022