Creative collaborations

Ugly Duck's creative call out is open!
DEADLINE 3 April 2017 / 6pm


Every 6 months Ugly Duck seeks creative projects to take place in our spaces in London. 

We programme a diverse range of projects, and whilst we work closely with artists, we are also keen to see submissions from groups in other disciplines including but not limited to architecture; science, information and technology; social sciences; activism. We are interested in projects that involve audiences in new and dynamic ways, work across disciplines, and educate and advocate for social, political and environmental change.

This season Ugly Duck has chosen the theme Real/Virtual.

In an era where technology is fully assimilated in society, art and media, augmented and virtual reality have shifted the de nition of what constitutes the ‘real world’. What is the definition of reality today? ‘Does ‘virtual’ necessarily stand in opposition to ‘real’? We’d like to investigate the effects this could have on the future of art, and invite artists and creatives to present their thoughts and ideas. Will technology improve our future, making it green and sustainable or could it be our downfall??

Key Words

Virtual Reality | Multidisciplinary | New Media | Immersive | Social Changes | Future Reality

Applications are judged by a panel including Ugly Duck staff, and three renowned guest curators. This season we have the chance to have Foteini Aravani, curator at the Museum of London, Laurence Hill, director of Brighton Digital Festival, and Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, an international curator, founder of the cultural research platform

In general, we allocate the successful applicants part of the building for a full weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

For all projects Ugly Duck must at a minimum cover the costs of admin, electricity and staffing. In order to cover these costs we would like to either (Mainly for theatre, dance, performance) a) operate a box o ce split with you OR b) receive a hire fee for use of the venue OR if applicable e.g. for a free exhibition c) run a bar during your event.

Ugly Duck helps to promote the events, though the oncoming project is expected to be responsible for the bulk of marketing.

Please read this brief carefully to get an idea of what we're looking for.

Please note that the details of the application process and programme terms and conditions are subject to change. To discuss art projects or get more details please contact Geraldine on

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