Artists Commissions Brief

Certain Blacks is an arts development organisation formed to support the growth of diverse artists. The organisation supports performance, live art, music and theatre, elevating the creative voice of our multi-cultural society. The organisation aims to provide more global majority led performance and touring work in the UK and beyond.

We have exciting opportunities for artists from 4 London Boroughs – Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest, who want to create ambitious, innovative and captivating performances for an outdoor festival.

We are offering 4 new artistic commissions for East London artists to develop original work to be presented at Ensemble Festival, an outdoor community festival led by Certain Blacks in The Royal Docks, Newham, on 23 July 2022.

Ensemble festival is designed for local people, creating accessible, safe outdoor space for audiences and artists, contributing to growing the local economy. Certain Blacks is part of the Without Walls consortium, a national network of outdoor arts festivals.  Ensemble festival presents work with our national partners, Without Walls consortium and attracts local and regional audiences.

We welcome expression of interests from a range of creative practices (music, circus performance, dance, Spoken word, theatre and live art to develop new works accessible to a cross-section of audiences to be free in an outdoor location.

The artists will be paired with a creative producer to support the development of their new piece of work, approximately 15 – 20 mins in length, to present at the Ensemble festival on 23rd July.  Work needs to be adaptable to various outdoor locations.

We are looking for artists who: 

  • Have been involved in developing professional work/have a professional track record of making art and performance.
  • To test, explore and develop innovative, creative work to a high quality to be presented at Ensemble Festival.


  • £2000 per commission (inclusive of artists’ fees and expenses)
  • Working closely with our Creative Producers, supporting commission needs

How to Apply

  • Write a short expression of interest (max of 2 A4 pages) including a brief outline of the  creative idea, CV/ history of creative engagement  and rough Budget

If you’re unable to deliver in the above format, please contact:


Closing date for applications: 26th May
Notification by: 6th June

Development activity: 6th June – 20th July

Showcase: 23rd July at  Ensemble festival

Future London Foundation supports the Commissions.

We encourage applications from diverse and underrepresented artists in the arts and culture sector.

Please send an expression of interest (max of 2 A4 pages) about the commission idea and your CV  to:

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