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Parallel Perspectives

Open call for proposals


Located in very different environments, both Old Diorama Arts Centre (ODAC) and LEVEL are predominantly spaces for making and exploration, without performance spaces.

Together, we’re excited to announce Parallel Perspectives – a residency opportunity for disabled artists that provides two distinctly different locations in which to explore your work. From the hubbub of central London to the tranquil borders of the Peak District, we invite artists to spend some time in our studios, their environs and maybe the communities that surround us, and see what ideas take hold.

ODAC is an arts creation and community centre with Euston as its inspiration, collaborator and stage. Located on the edge of the Regent’s Place campus (off London’s busy Euston Road) and bordering the Regent’s Park Estate, ODAC is a shared home for the live arts, creative industries and local community to make, explore and meet. www.olddiorama.com 

LEVEL is a contemporary arts centre in Rowsley, Derbyshire that celebrates the art that difference makes. Right on the edge of the stunning Peak District national park with a packed programme of visual art exhibitions and digital installations, alongside artists residencies and creative workshops. www.levelcentre.com 

We’re interested in early stage contemporary ideas for performing arts based projects, including those that have never had time to be worked on, or from collaborations that haven’t had a chance to be tested yet. Proposals are welcome to respond to the location-based context of the partnership or our local communities, but there is no requirement to – though we hope it will be a useful and contrasting experience.



More information

What are we offering:
We are looking to support two projects to undertake residencies in each location. Each project will receive:

  • Studio space in each centre: LEVEL and ODAC
  • Space between August and December 2023
  • A financial contribution of £4,000 to each project
  • A small additional access budget
  • Accommodation is not provided, but we can signpost you.
Who is it for:
These residencies are specifically for projects led or equally co-led by disabled artists.

By using the term ‘disabled person’ we include anyone who identifies as being learning disabled, disabled, D/deaf, neurodiverse/neurodivergent and those experiencing chronic illness, mental health conditions, and more.

We understand that different people prefer different terminology. You don’t have to prefer the term ‘disabled person’ to apply, we want to hear from the full diversity of disabled artists working across the UK.

How to apply:
To apply for a Parallel Perspectives residency:

  • Complete the contact form
  • Complete the equal opportunities monitoring form (optional)
  • Tell us about our project proposal
  • Upload any additional supporting material (optional)- no more than three examples e.g. website link, photo, video etc
In your project proposal, please tell us:


  1. Who are you/your company?
  2. What is your project idea? Clearly explain your project idea for the two location residency.
  3. Why do you want a Parallel Perspectives residency and why might this be helpful to you? Explain how your practice could benefit from exploring ideas in a rural and urban context.
  4. Tell us what you have made before and who you have worked with
  5. What kind of future can you imagine for this project after the residencies?
We’re happy to accept applications in the following formats:

  • Written submission – no more than two sides of A4/500 words for learning disabled adults
  • Video submission – no longer than three minutes
  • Audio submission – no longer than three minutes

We want to make sure that this opportunity is accessible for everyone. If you have any questions, or need support to complete your application, please get in touch.

Email Daniel Pitt, Creative Director at ODAC, on artists@olddiorama.com or call 020 3951 9891 (feel free to leave a voice message).

We want to make sure that this opportunity is accessible for everyone. If you have any questions, or need support to complete your application, please get in touch. Email Daniel Pitt, Creative Director at ODAC: artists@olddiorama.com or call: 020 3951 9891 (feel free to leave a voice message).
  • Applications open: 15 May
  • Application deadline:  9am, Monday 3 July
  • Interviews: 17 and 18 July (online) – please save the dates in case you are shortlisted

The shortlisting and interview process will include staff from ODAC and LEVEL Centre, alongside a freelance disabled creative. The panel is unable to provide feedback to applicants not invited to interview.