In a time of unprecedented reliance on digital technology to connect people, we’re proud to be part of a pioneering two-year national public art project called Digital Democracies.

Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Northampton-based Threshold Studios was awarded £195,000 to lead Digital Democracies, the first commissioning consortium of its kind in the UK.

Connecting three of the UK’s leading art and digital culture commissioning festivals, including Freedom Festival, Frequency Festival in Lincoln (Produced by Threshold Studios) and Brighton Digital Festival (Produced by Lighthouse and Brandwatch) we’re seeking proposals for new immersive or location-based audio work designed to be experienced in public and outdoor spaces.

Applications are invited for ideas that respond to the theme of Connections – between people, places, countries, the past or the future. Both full projects and prototypes are welcomed, although the audio work must be able to be tested with audiences.

The budget for the project is £6000 (inc VAT) to include all fees, equipment and materials and the presentation costs for two showings, including a test in March 2021 and as part of the Brighton Festival in May 2021.

Deadline: Applications should be emailed to by 5pm on Friday 8 January 2021.

For more information including how to apply click and download the full Brief document below:

A briefing will take place on Friday 4 December to give more information about the call out and to allow potential applicants the opportunity to ask any questions.To book your free ticket for the session register here.