Artist call out

This is a call-out to artists and companies from any discipline, who are passionate about working beyond conventional theatre and gallery settings.

InTRANSIT is a site-responsive, or site-relevant, festival looking to present work which is either relevant to, or inspired by, spaces, architecture and society. For example, work could be in response to the particular site it is to be performed in, or, alternatively, to current events and issues, then performed in a relevant setting. Artists can propose work to take place anywhere within the borough. We are particularly interested in work that goes beyond the conventions of its own genre and is genuinely risk taking. The festival is increasingly renowned for producing and supporting work which more traditional festivals might not be willing or able to consider. We can help you place the work within the borough, advising and supporting you on logistical or licensing issues, and finding collaborators and local partners. InTRANSIT is an initiative of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and all work should also support the aims of the borough’s Arts and Culture Strategy.

The theme for 2016 is ‘Strange Bedfellows: The Attraction of Opposites’

We are looking for proposals that explore the interplay between two seemingly opposing elements. For instance, productions that unite two different art forms, communities or ideas, or that explore the attraction of opposites.


Between £500 and £5,000 grant funding may be invested in an individual commission, and projects that already have, or could bring in, additional funding from other sources will be at an advantage. We are also keen to commission work that will have a life beyond its iteration in this year’s festival, running from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 June.


The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 15 February 2016. Expressions of interest will be shortlisted by Thursday 3 March. Shortlisted artists will then be given up to four weeks to further develop their idea with the curators before the final selection on Thursday 31 March.

Once you have read our guidance on submitting an expression of interest here, you can access our online submission form.

This year’s InTRANSIT Festival commissioning round includes a call for submissions for the Portobello Wall Public Art Project.

Find out more about this commission and on submitting a proposal here.