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Art, Dr. Martens Collaborates


Since 1946, the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) has been a leading voice for minority and queer creatives and home to progressive culture in London. Just like DM’s, they have always been a symbol for the emerging artists of the day. The under-represented voices. The experimental creatives. The pavement-stomping, stage-taking, era-defining, ground-breaking rebels.
Through our landmark partnership, we’re offering you the opportunity to apply for one of seven grants dedicated to helping support emerging and under-represented artists. The grants are open to everyone and will help fund projects dedicated to forward-thinking design and moving image, providing a stepping stone for struggling artists at a time they need it most.

Any UK-based artist can apply through an open call from 17th February to 30th March. There is a total of £60,000 in production grants available for new work in artists’ moving image. They are broken down into one grant worth £30,000, and six worth £5,000, alongside dedicated mentorship and production support for all successful applicants.
The mentorship plan will be provided by panellists judging applications and consists of some of the leading voices in music, art and creativity. From musician Beatrice Dillon, and legendary filmmaker Naeem Mohaeimen, to the artists and creators behind Languid Hands, alongside representatives from both ICA and Dr. Martens.

The work will be premiered at Image Behaviour, the ICA’s annual convening dedicated to experiments in artists’ moving image, in October 2021. The 2021 edition of Image Behaviour will explore and support artists engaged in new approaches to artmaking and presentation in the wake of a global pandemic.
At a time of increasing budget cuts and a lack of creative spaces, it’s never been harder for under-represented voices to break into the art world. Providing that support is more vital now than in the six decades since the first DM’s boot rolled off the production line and became the hallmark of rebellious subculture the world over.
To find out more about the open call application process and further background on the scheme, follow the link below to watch the workshop.


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