Student Initiated Projects


Student Initiated Projects aka SIP, has been running since 2008. As always, SIP offers the opportunity to develop real world skills, and to work collaboratively and across art forms and disciplines.  SIPs aims to foster a greater awareness of contemporary art practices across the visual and performing arts as well as their interdisciplinary variants. It offers participating students a chance not only to initiate their own projects, but also to develop the practical skills essential to the realisation of such projects.


For this round, Performance and Theatre student submissions will be for short twenty-minute performance projects with minimal set requirements, leading to a program comprising three short works. Each application will include a proposal outlining the artistic aspirations for the works, a detailed budget, a rehearsal schedule and a production schedule that covers the entire program (3 short works). Successful applicants must be capable of working collaboratively and responsibly with other successful SIP recipients in order, including publicity and box-office and Front of House arrangements towards the success of the overall program.

Performances must open in either O-Week or Week 1 of Autumn or Spring sessions 2020.

All applicants must be able to convincingly explain their creative projects, which must demonstrate an awareness of developments in contemporary art and performance, including a project rationale including dramaturgical thinking, technical production/installation considerations and a publicity strategy. Interdisciplinary proposals are encouraged.

Please note: Students should consult with supervising mentor, Janys Hayes at least a week before the proposal deadline.


A callout for proposals will be sent to students during Autumn session, the exhibition generally takes place early in Spring session. Proposals are open to current second or third year BCA Visual Arts and Visual Arts & Design (VA & VAD).

The SIP Exhibition is an chance for one or two curators to develop a creative concept for an exhibition and work with their peers. The curator(s) will produce an exhibition from concept through to public viewing, gaining industry ready skills in mounting an independent exhibition. This is an opportunity not only to showcase the incredible talent here in the School of Arts, English and Media but to gain real, practical skills to support a career beyond graduation.

Please note: Students should consult with supervising mentor, Agnieszka Golda at least a week before the proposal deadline.

2020 call out

Unfortunately due to the current circumstances, the SIP production and exhibition for Spring 2020 will not run. This is for the safety and well-being of both students and staff.