Unlimited R&D Awards

Nwando Ebizie looks forward with red light shining on her face, which has decorative gems and paint on it.

Bagri Foundation is pleased to be a partner supporting two Unlimited Research & Development Awards for 2021.

Unlimited’s main aim is to commission disabled artists and companies to make exceptional work. They aren’t the only people commissioning disabled artists in the UK; they are part of a big jigsaw of work across the cultural sector all of which is vital. It feels 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. 

The commissions call out is a competitive process (last time Unlimited shortlisted 25% of the applications we received and funded 13%) but they try and make it as humane as they can. It starts with an Expression of Interest application, which is as simple as they can make it, and only shortlisted applicants complete a full form, which they do with support from the team. The Bagri Foundation can also support applications to our partner award.

To find out more about how to apply for their awards, and for our two R&D partner awards, click here!

Here are some key dates to know: 

Commission Timelines
● Thursday 01 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
Spring 2022 – Projects must be completed

About Unlimited

Since 2013, Unlimited has provided nearly £4 million to 280 disabled artists through commissions, awards and support, making it the largest supporter of disabled artists worldwide. Unlimited supports ambitious, creative projects by outstanding disabled artists and companies. The projects include theatre, dance, music, literature, performance, painting, sculpture, public artworks, photography, digital artworks, installations, films and more. Unlimited wants to change perceptions of disabled people by commissioning disabled artists in the UK and internationally to make new, groundbreaking and high quality work. We also do this by building a community of Unlimited Allies who help us to embed the work of disabled artists in the mainstream cultural sector and improve access for artists and audiences.

Unlimited is a commissioning programme, not an organisation. It is run by two different organisations:

  • Shape Arts, a disability-led organisation which works with disabled artists and has an office in Peckham, London
  • Artsadmin, which supports artists to create work without boundaries and has an office at Aldgate East, London.

Unlimited works with disabled artists from all over the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland – and offers funding for research and development, to make small and large-scale projects happen in the UK and around the world, and awards for emerging artists who are new to art, early-career or haven’t had reached large audiences yet. We also fund full commissions (from an artist’s idea through to its realisation and touring) and commissions created through international collaborations.

Over 1 million people have engaged with or seen Unlimited Commissions by disabled artists.