Bradford UK City of Culture and Unlimited Micro Commissions

Bradford UK City of Culture and Unlimited

What can you receive?


6 December 2023

Are you a disabled artist or disabled-led organisation based in Bradford? Would you like a £1000 micro commission to test, research or play around with a creative idea?

We’ve partnered with Bradford UK City of Culture 2025 to offer micro commissions of up to £1000 to disabled-led arts to explore and experiment.

This isn’t a huge amount so artists are encouraged to think carefully about what they can realistically do for this budget.

Full details on how to apply are available on their website here.


We want to hear from disabled artists or disabled-led organisations living or working in the Bradford district who wish to develop, research, create or share an artistic idea. The awards can be used to help you move forward with something you’re already working on or to explore something new.

You’ll also be invited to join our artist alumni. This gives you access to a range of advice, support, networking and professional development opportunities.

If you’ve been awarded another one of our micro commissions you can still apply for this opportunity.

Key criteria

  • Disabled-led
  • Applicants are based and/or working in the Bradford district
  • High quality
  • Innovative and ambitious
  • Micro award needs to be spent by Friday 17 May 2024


Your work can be in any artform. This includes drama, dance, music, live art, visual arts, photography, literature, storytelling, or something that combines artforms and blurs definitions in the way that we know Bradford’s brilliant artists do so well.

However, due to how the micro commissions are funded, we can’t support traditional narrative-led or documentary-style film.

Who can apply

Our aim is to support a range of ideas through these commissions – in relation to genre, diversity and location within Bradford District.

To be eligible for a micro commission you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Disabled-led
  • You are 18+ and a UK citizen
  • You live or work in the Bradford District or have a strong connection here
  • Your work is within one or more of the artforms described above
  • That everyone is being paid fairly for their contribution – including yourself if you are lead artist
  • The commission will be completed, and all of the money spent, by 17 May 2024

These commissions are open to any artists who identify as disabled, have long-term health conditions, or have access needs. This means, for example, you could be D/deaf, neurodivergent, experience mental health issues, be chronically ill, or clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

We use the social model of disability and do not ask everyone to use the same terminology. You use what is comfortable for you.

How to apply

The application process is being managed by Bradford UK City of Culture 2025.

You can apply in writing, by audio recording, or by video – all the details can be found here.

If you have any access needs to make your application, please contact Eddie Bond in the Bradford UK City of Culture 2025 team on and they will consider how we can best support you.

In your application please include:

  • Your full name
  • Your preferred pronouns e.g. she/her, they/them
  • Your contact phone number and email address
  • Your access needs (you are welcome to attach your Access Rider if you have one)

If you have any questions or need support with your application please contact Eddie Bond on


  • Deadline to send your application: Wednesday 6 December 2023, 1pm
  • Award decisions announced: Friday 12 January 2024
  • Commissions can begin: Friday 12 January 2024
  • Commission must be finished: Friday 17 May 2024

Information Session

Come along to our online information session on Monday 20 November, 4pm – 6pm, to hear a brief overview of the opportunity, followed by a Q&A where you can ask us any questions you have.

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