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Expressions of interest are now open for DanceEast’s Summer Makerspace

During the last few weeks of Summer, DanceEast is happy to throw our doors open again to artists seeking studio space. During this rare period in the DanceEast calendar when we’re free of other commitments, we’re able to support artists with studio space more than any other point in the year.

Open to all dance artists at any career stage, this relaxed space offer provides freedom to work on projects, research new ideas, rehearse, or time for creative exploration with no outcomes at all! We will be prioritising East and South East based artists and are striving to represent a range of artists and dance styles, but the offer is open to all.

Space available:

  • 3 x 5-day blocks | Monday 12 – Friday 16 August | 9.00am – 5.00pm (Week 1)
  • 4 x 2-5 day blocks | Monday 19 – Friday 23 August | 9.00am – 5.00pm (Week 2)
  • 4 x 1-4 day blocks | Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 August | 9.00am – 5.00pm (Week 3)

To express your interest in our Summer Makerspace, please send over your availability and a short 100-200 word paragraph or 1-2 minute video about your ideas for the time in the studio or the project that you’re working on via this Google form.

You must also submit this Visiting and Monitoring form to complete your application.

It is important to know that offers will not be given based on the strength of your artistic ideas but logistics. Our aim is to fully populate the building with as many artists as we can fit into the schedule.

Offer opens: Monday 29 April | 10.00am

Deadline: Monday 3 June | 5.00pm

Offers by: Friday 14 June | 5.00pm

Studio time: Between Monday 12 – Friday 30 August | 9.00am – 5.00pm

What this offer includes:

  • Hands-off studio time – space to explore, rehearse, and move.
  • A friendly warm welcome and support from our Box Office team to an accessible building.
  • A maximum of 1 week, Monday-Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm, of studio time per artist/company.
  • Gorgeous walks along the sunny Ipswich Waterfront (we’ll tell you the best ice-cream spots!).
  • An opportunity to connect with other artists on the programme and share practice.

What this offer does not include:

  • Pressure or judgement to have a final outcome!
  • A space for chargeable activities, e.g. classes with fees.
  • Staff and technical support or opportunities to build relationships for programming opportunities. The DanceEast team are often on holiday during this quieter time in our calendar with less activity – enquiries for theatre programming or artist development opportunities can be made via email to
  • Transferable bookings – this booking will be non-transferable, and we will be unable to reschedule the space to later in the year.
  • Money – cash funding support is not available.
  • A contract of employment – this studio space offer is not work that will be paid for by DanceEast.

If you have any questions about this offer or would like to complete your application form in a different format, e.g. over the phone, please contact Esther Alcock, Programme Coordinator, on or 01473 235571 (Monday – Friday, 9.00am – 5.30pm). We are happy to chat with you.

You can find written copies of the Expression of Interest Form and the Visiting and Monitoring Form here:

You can find audio versions of the Expression of Interest Form and the Visiting and Monitoring Form here:

An audio version of the information on this webpage can be found here.