Producer Call out Document Full Recording

Artist Call out Document Full Recording

Spaces of Joy is a nationwide 12-week pilot programme for producers of contemporary performance, equipping them with the knowledge, skills, resources and networks for working with and feeling closer to the practice of Learning Disabled and Neurodivergent (LD/ND) artists.

Spaces of Joy is designed and led by Daisy Hale, supported by partner organisations Unity Liverpool, Fuel, Cambridge Junction, Camden Peoples’ Theatre, London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT), Artsadmin, and funded by Arts Council England.

There are 10 places available for independent freelance producers who will be selected from an open call. (Another two organisation producers will also participate – 12 producers in total.)

We are interested in Producers from across the UK, including those who are local to the partner organisations.

We welcome applications from those who have a broad range of lived intersectional experiences from those of the Global Majority, Disabled, Deaf and/or Neurodivergent, LGBTQIA+ and Working Class backgrounds.

Our criteria for producers applying is that they already have a producing practice in performance – this is a broad term but is used to establish that this programme is not learning ‘how’ to produce, but rather to add to your already existing practice.


There will be 12 x half day sessions held once a week, each one delivered online by an LD/ND practitioner, artist or producer. Six of these will be between June and July, and the remaining six between September and October. Each session will be recorded in writing, via Live Scribe drawing and on film so that it can be accessed in alternative formats.

The producers will each be paired with one of 12 facilitators who will accompany them through the project as a mentor.

There will be an online panel discussion looking at best practice in international approaches, facilitated by LIFT.

Spaces of Joy is also building an artist network of LD/ND artists who would like to meet producers from the programme in the view to have future collaborations. Funds for travel to meetings or performances will be provided.

Two 'mixer’ sessions for the entire cohort to meet LD/ND artists for potential collaboration, will be held at Cambridge Junction towards the end of the programme.

We aim to match producers with the partner organisation nearest to them, either geographically or in terms of programme focus. Producers can nominate themselves when applying for pairing with one of the current partners based on an alignment between locality, programme or priorities the partner has stated and their producing practice.

Please see the full call-out for the list of partner priorities. 

Producers can also apply for an ‘open place’ if they do not see a partner that feels aligned with them. We will pair these producers with an organisation that is committed to supporting the aims of the programme post-intake.

Each partner has committed to 4 meetings with their attached producer and their LD/ND mentor so that relationships are formed and partners can form new commitments to LD/ND artists.

Each producer will be paid £1200 for their time, and the cost of travel to attend live / in person elements of the programme will also be covered.



Deadline for producer applications                20 May

Selected participants notified by                    3 June

First six weekly workshops start                     w/c 20 June – Sessions will be on Mondays (time tbc)

Course breaks for August  

Second six weekly workshops start                w/c 5th September (exact date tbc)



To apply, producers should answer the questions in the full call out document linked below and email these to Daisy Hale

You can apply by video or audio if this is preferable for you


Deadline for applications is 20 May

Questions? Please email Daisy Hale

ARTISTS we want to hear from you too

As part of our programme, we are looking for learning disabled & neurodivergent (LD/ND) performers and performance artists to work closely with us to ensure that our programme has LD/ND performers and performance artists at its heart.

The guiding aim of the programme is to establish more links between producers, artists and venues to ensure that more Learning Disabled and Neurodivergent artists are having their creative work produced. We want to broker fruitful collaborations that are set up with processes of care and access at the forefront.


We want to build an artist network of LD/ND artists looking to meet producers and will facilitate meetings, chances to come see your work and invitations to events.


Are you interested in:


  • Sharing your experiences with the chosen 12 Spaces of Joy producers

  • Attending workshops, where appropriate to shape learning and gain resources

  • Being part of a network of other ND/LD artists working nationally

  • Getting your work seen by producers who may wish to collaborate with you in the future

  • Meeting producers interested in LD/ND led work

  • Having access to the resources and materials created on the programme


Then send us your details to be added to our network and mailing list so that we can get in touch.

Download and read the call out below, or simply email to be added to our mailing list.

In the interest of clarity, please note no artist will be subject to a selection process, through emailing us you will be added to our mailing list and database. 

Click on the icons below to download the full call out and application questions in different formats

Producer Call out Standard Text. Word Doc.

Producer Call out Standard Text. PDF.

Producer Call out Standard Text.
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Producer Call out Standard Text.

Artist Call out Standard Text.
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Artist Call out Standard Text.

Artist Call out. LARGE PRINT.
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Artist Call out. LARGE PRINT.

Artist Call Out - Easy Read. PDF.

Producer Call Out - Easy Read. PDF.

If you require  the full transcript of the video above please email

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