Visiting Artists at Pavilion Dance – Open Call 2024 (January) 

Call open: 19 January 2024  

Application deadline: 4 March 2024  

A space to breathe and explore by the sea… 

    Dance artists in need of creative space are invited to work in our beach-side studios as Visiting Artists of Pavilion Dance. You can test out new ideas or continue working on a project with support from a friendly and experienced team. We are particularly interested in artists who have not worked with us before and are interested in sharing their practice with others. Our venue is fully accessible and there is a bursary of £750.  

  There will be two open call outs this year for Visiting Artists: 

January Open Call – for residencies taking place in July 2024 

June Open Call – for residencies taking place in January 2025 

Two bursaries are available per call out – one to an artist based in the south-west, and one to an artist based anywhere in the UK.   

  What is involved?    

Residencies of 5 full days in one of our beautiful studios which may be used to test out your material or explore your ideas in more depth with the added benefit of access to advice and support from our in-house dance professionals should you wish. This may include: advice and help with funding applications; career guidance; objective observation and feedback. Being at Pavilion Dance means you have the opportunity for informal chats with the team or even creative meetings on the beach! There is no expected outcome from your residency.  

  We’re interested in artists finding a meeting point between their practice and our communities. This could take the form of open classes, workshops, talks or sharings, all of which we would be happy to discuss and help you with. In return, the Pavilion Dance team is keen to learn from our Visiting Artists about how best to support their practice. We are also keen for Visiting Artists to  learn from each other so we will devise the best way to do this together.  

  “Such a great programme, I’ll be recommending it to everyone!” – Sean Moss, Summer 2023  

     Pavilion Dance Programming  

  Pavilion Dance empowers and champions diverse artistic voices. Rather than curating to specific themes, our programme celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences that artists bring to our dancing community. We collaborate deeply with artists, amplifying their voices and connecting them with the people. We are therefore interested in working with artists who:  

  Activate and reimagine spaces in creative ways  

Engage and connect with people in our community  

  Pavilion Dance is interested in collaborative working with artists in an authentic and meaningful way. Becoming a Visiting Artist is intended to start your conversation with us which may continue over years to come.  


Applicants for this year will be sorted by the following priorities:  

Applicants (from anywhere in the UK) who have two years professional experience, including the public presentation of at least one choreographic work  

Applicants (from anywhere in the UK) who haven’t worked with us before    

We welcome applicants from all over the UK, but please think practically in terms of travel and accommodation costs as well as paying yourself adequately from the bursary.  

  We will be assessing applications according to:  

  How your proposed work connects with our values: Kind Inclusive Inspiring Passionate  

How you are proposing to connect your work with our communities  

What you may be able to share with the other Visiting Artist in terms of experience and practice insight  

You must be over 18 years of age.  

We are pleased to offer this opportunity to artists at any stage in their artistic career.   

Applicants will be assessed using these priorities and criteria by Victor Fung (Artistic Director & Joint CEO), Jeanette Hinton (Performances Producer) and one independent artist.  

You may apply more than once per year if you are unsuccessful.  

  What is on offer?  

  You can choose which studio you would like your residency slot in from the following (every day is 9am – 5pm):  

  Seafront Studio: Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2024  

  Garden Studio: Monday 22 – Friday 26 July 2024  

    For full dimensions of the dance spaces on offer please visit our website.   

  Our building is fully accessible.   

  In addition to space given in-kind, there is £750 cash per award to support your time with us. You may choose to put it towards travel, accommodation or other access costs. Pavilion Dance has access to discounted B&B accommodation in Bournemouth (from £45 per night).  

      How to apply  

  Please complete our application form outlining the following:  

  What you hope to achieve from a residency at Pavilion Dance  

Any career highlights to date    

Alternatively, we are happy to accept application by voice note or video (covering the three points above in no more than 5 minutes). You will also need to send us a filmed example of your work. Please send your files to with ‘Visiting Artist application 2024 (January)’ in the subject line.  

  Deadline is 6pm on Monday 4th March 2024  

Successful applicants will be contacted by Monday 1st April 2024  


  If you feel there is a barrier preventing you from applying, please get in touch to discuss how we can work with you to remove those barriers. Application forms can be supplied in an alternative format if required, you can apply by voice note or video or we can discuss how best to accommodate your needs.  

Each successful visiting artist will be given £750 to support the cost of accommodation, travel and artist fee. Please let us know if you need additional access support in order to do a residency with us, e.g. quiet space or a support worker.  Please contact if you would like to discuss any of the above in confidence.  

  About Pavilion Dance  

  Pavilion Dance transforms lives through cultivating a culture of dancing.   

We offer dance experiences that are relevant, diverse, inclusive, and captivating. Our seaside creative hub in Bournemouth is home to our dancing community. Through theatre and outdoor performances, weekly dance classes, in-school workshops, screenings, evening dance events, and many other activities, we welcome people of all backgrounds to experience the embodied joy of dancing.   

As a dance charity, we are passionate about delivering our work locally in Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole as well as supporting the development of dance in the SW, the UK and beyond.    

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