The Draw to Perform team is inviting proposals from artists for a drawing performance at the upcoming DRAWIn festival, March 2018 at Fabrica Gallery - Center for contemporary art, Brighton, UK.


About DRAWIn festival


DRAWIn is a three-day international festival for live drawing performance organized by Draw to Perform and hosted by Fabrica Gallery in collaboration with South East Dance and Left Bank. The festival will be the fifth annual symposium held by Draw to Perform. It includes live performances by leading local and international artists, a discussion panel, and workshops for students and the general public. The DRAWIn festival is a cross-disciplinary event that explores the connection between mark making, music, dance, theater and performance art. The theme this year focuses on drawing in relation to sound and movement. The festival aims to promote public awareness of this participatory and innovative practice and give the opportunity to explore and engage with it.


About Draw to Perform


Drawing Performance is a vibrant art form where artists creating art from mark making in front of a live audience. The art created combines elements of line, movement, space and time and is a celebration of energy and creativity.

Draw to Perform was founded by the artist and curator Ram Samocha. It aims to promote drawing performance practice and share it with the audience. Since established in 2013, Draw to Perform has held four international symposiums and various other festivals, collaborations with art institutions and educational workshops. The company works with and supports international and local emerging and established artists toprovide guidance, advice and mentorship services.


The Commission


This open call is for artists who would like to participate in the second day of the festival, the live drawing performances on Saturday, March 10th 2018 (final date to be confirmed). This year’s theme focuses on drawing in relation to sound and movement. Preferable performances should be max 15-30min long, but we open to other lengths and formats suggestions (e.g. one to one, durational, interactive performances) for the space. We encourage proposals for performances that are participatory, deal with social issues and/or confront their viewers with challenging public and private subjects.

We will prioritize proposals for performances that are simple to carry out, and practical to assemble and fold.

Performances will be awarded with a flat fee. The fee offered for selected artists would range from £350-£450, which will depend on sponsorship support, overall project budget and number of people involved. This compensation should cover preparation time for the new commission, day of performance, materials and travel costs.


Overall, ten pieces will be selected in the open call. Only 1 submission per artist/collective is accepted.


How to enter


Proposals should include the following information:


Please write on the title of your email: your name + DRAWIn festival 2018, Call for Proposals. 

Inside the email please include:


- Name and contact details.

- Link to website or YouTube channel.

- Brief background information (100 words), including recent/current artistic work and relationship to drawing performance.

- Details of proposed performance (150 words) including content, form, duration, and if appropriate, collaborators and/or partners.

- Two selected images from your past performances.


Proposal should be sent only after paying the entry fee to:

Submission deadline: 20 December 2017.


Entry fee


There is a non-refundable entry fee of £15.

Payment should be made only via PayPal:


Notification of outcome


Artists whose work is selected for participating in the DRAWIn festival will be notified on or before the 5 January 2018.

Unsuccessful applications will be notified by email on or before the 12 January 2018. Please do not contact Draw to Perform regarding results prior to these dates.


Image: Manja Williams