Sky Arts Art 50

Post Brexit Britain. Who Are We?

What will Britain look like, feel like, be like to live in, when we are no longer members of the European Union?  The outcome of the Brexit referendum has stimulated a widespread debate about our national identity, with many people looking to express how they feel about our nation as we approach a future outside the EU.

What is Art 50?

Sky Arts is launching Art 50 to invite artists of all kinds, from all walks of life, from all artistic genres, to create a piece of work which says something important about what it will mean to be British after we leave the European Union. 

We are working with our partner organisations; the Barbican, Sage Gateshead and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.  They will be hosting a festival featuring a selection of the  Art 50 commissions as well as being on the judging panel.  Separately, Sky Arts is commissioning them to produce some new work.

In the next two years there will be staggered commissioning rounds to give you, or your school, college or arts institution, the opportunity to apply for funding or co-funding to make a piece of theatre/ dance/ music/ film/ art/ collage (the list goes on) that responds to the question….

What will it mean to be British?  

Closing date for this commissioning round has been extended to midday on the 29th May 2017.

What are the criteria?

At the beginning of February 2017, key figures in the arts world across disciplines and across the country were invited to a consultation to help decide the criteria for commissioning: 

We are looking for ideas of all sizes that:

  • Engage rather than lecture
  • Relate to suburbs and rural communities as well as towns and cities
  • Allow us to hear and understand many points of view 
  • Help us to understand how we’ve got here
  • Taken together, represent a diversity of opinion
  • Include new voices as well as established artists
  • Make a splash, or leave a lasting legacy – or both!

How much funding is there?

Sky Arts has allocated £1m to Art 50. This covers the cost of making the TV documentaries we will make and all the arts projects it will fund.  We welcome applications for up to £50,000 – the majority of awards will be made between £5,000 to £20,000.  

Who can apply?

Anyone can apply - no matter how experienced or otherwise.  However, the commissioning panel will need to feel confidence that the proposed project can be realised as described.  If you are interested please complete the application process (below).

If you need more thinking time – don’t worry!  Keep coming back to visit this website for updated information, and further news about the rolling deadlines for applications. 

What will happen next?

The deadline for this commissioning round is 12pm on the 29th May 2017.  This is the first stage.  If your idea is shortlisted, we'll be in touch for more information and to discuss your proposal.

Get involved

If you'd like to get involved with Art 50 then click on the button below and tell us about your idea. Good luck!

Submit your entry