In Transition: Ugly Duck Creative Open Call

Opportunity Closing Date: 
Friday, December 14, 2018 - 17:00

General Information


Ugly Duck revitalizes empty and underused spaces opening them up for creative use.


Ugly Duck works to programme a diverse range of creative projects, exploring fields such as science, activism, information & technology, and social/cultural issues. We are particularly interested in cross-disciplinary projects that involve and educate audiences in new and dynamic ways.


This season Ugly Duck will explore technological change and its effects on human behaviour through the theme; In Transition.

The selected projects will investigate how digital interfaces and technological tools are reshaping our daily lives. From changes in our personal, professional and ecological relationships to modifications in our views on love, gender, the “news” and ultimately the universe.

- How can we use these changes to create positive outcomes for the future?

- Could technology lead to a more sustainable planet?

- Are technological changes leaving us empowered or enslaved?


We are looking for multi-disciplinary projects or artworks that examine, highlight, celebrate or condemn the questions raised within this theme.


> Any forms and any type of project will be considered <


Applications will be judged by a panel including Ugly Duck staff, and three guest curators - Anna Dimitriu (artist), Tamsin Ace (Head of Public Programming at Southbank Centre), Leyla Reynolds (illustrator and Art Director at Gal-Dem)


In general, we allocate the successful applicants part of one of our buildings for a full weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).

For all projects Ugly Duck must at a minimum cover the costs of admin, electricity and staffing. In order to cover these costs we would like to either (Mainly for theater, dance, performance) a) operate a box office split with you OR b) receive a hire fee for use of the venue OR if applicable e.g. for a free exhibition c) run a bar during your event. Ugly Duck helps to promote the events, though the oncoming project is expected to be responsible for the bulk of marketing.


If you have any question or to get more details please contact our creative producer Geraldine Atger /