Open Call: Culture Croydon Pop Up

As part of the legacy of Croydon’s year as London Borough of Culture, we are launching the very first ‘Culture Croydon Pop Ups’. 

We are looking to commission a series of pop up performances pieces in venues across Croydon.

There will be:

  • Four pots of £5k funding available to commission 4 new works.
  • Each new work should showcase the talents of professional artists or organisations from Croydon.
  • Performances programmed between June – October 2024.
  • Each new work have a minimum of 3 performances.

You can bid for theatre, dance, music, mixed media… any artform, as long it is presented as a live performance piece. This funding is specifically for artist development so in your bid emphases how your production will help the professional development of the artists involved. We hope successful bidders will be able use their seed commission to allow them to apply for further funding, potentially from ACE. (Our fundraising team will be happy to help advise you on these applications.)

In your pitch you should lay out two potential production models; what you would do if you were successful in additional fundraising? and, what you will deliver if you have just £5k to work with?


Please complete our application form which includes the following:

  • where you are based
  • where in Croydon this project would happen 
  • roughly when you expect to perform
  • a project outline (maximum 1000 words)
  • a full budget (as noted above the proposals should have two options, the stripped back £5k version and a fully funded versions).
  • links to previous work
  • complete our Equal Opportunities survey

All proposals should be sent by Friday 29 March. If you would prefer to send a proposal in another format, i.e. as a video submission, then just drop us a line.

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