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£750 artist commission callout for six creatives that identify as Black British or British African heritage. 

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tf MATCH/PLAY is a one-off birthday gift to six creatives based in Watford and the South East. The winners will be matched into pairs with an artist/creative from a completely different discipline, and each receive a £750 commission to push the boundaries of what theatre is and present their work to their local communities. Supported by the Genesis Foundation’s Kickstart Fund.  

Project Overview


At tiata fahodzi, we believe in the importance of owning and redefining the title ‘artist’ and our goal with this initiative is to push the boundaries of what theatre is and where it can happen. To bring tf MATCH/PLAY to life, we’re excited to see cross-discipline collaborations that are unique and offer a new and different perspective on creativity. For example, a poet and musician might come together in Watford to produce a street theatre performance, or a playwright and a sound designer might be matched to create an interactive audio piece to be played in a community centre in Luton.  


Our mission is to foster a collaborative partnership between artists from various disciplines as opportunities are rare to learn from one another and strengthen our own practices. 


What You’re Awarded 


Each artist will receive a £750 commission which consists of a £500 fee and an additional £250 for any materials and expenses. At its culmination, the final pieces will be showcased within the artists local communities with support from the tiata fahodzi team by October 2022. We will accept artists applying as a duo or as individuals. 


Who We’re Looking For 

All applicants must be based in Watford and South East England (excluding London).   


We’re interested in you as an individual and how your local area has impacted your art/work. Tell us about your creative journey, current passions, and main discipline explaining why you would like to apply for this project. You can include your favourite place in your local area, or where you imagine your work can be showcased. Please get in touch in whatever way feels right for you.  


How to Apply  


If you’re interested and would like to apply, follow these instructions:  

We suggest one of the following:  

  • An email with no more than 500 words  

  • A video that is no more than three minutes long  

  • A voice note that is no more than three minutes long  

Please also send one example of your work, this could be anything that you think is representative of the work you might like to create during the commission. You do not need to submit an entirely new piece, if you have existing work that you feel captures your essence, please send that to us.  


Some guidelines for the work examples:  

  • No more than 10 written pages  

  • No more than 10 minutes of video footage or audio recording  

  • No more than 10 images, e.g. paintings, photography, illustrations, etc.  


We kindly ask applicants to be mindful of the application requests to ensure the process is fair to all and the workload manageable. We’re open to all forms of art, not just those typically found in a theatre, so feel free to send us poems, plays, paintings, photography, music, or anything else that you think may excite us.   


Please also complete our Equal Opportunities Form and include it in your application.  


The deadline for applications closed on Tuesday 23rd August 2022 at 5pm.  

Your applications should be sent to  

You should receive an automated notification to confirm that we have received your application. After the application window closes, we will aim to get back to everyone with an outcome for the project within two weeks by Tuesday 30th August 2022.  

If you have any questions before you apply or would like to have an informal conversation about the commission, please get in touch with  

You can also find out more about tiata fahodzi and our work via our website:  

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