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Apply for our new Tide Changers programme

We are now accepting applications for our Tide Changers development programme, aimed at young, diverse artists to receive support from our team to help you deliver an amazing Totally Thames event.

Are you under 30? Are you developing a River Thames themed project? Do you want extra support from us to take part in Totally Thames 2021? We are thrilled to announce an exciting new opportunity for three early career artists. Apply to our Tide Changers Programme and we will help you to shape, develop and deliver your River Thames project, with seed money, marketing and development sessions, helping you to enrich your idea and reach even more audiences via our networks. On top of that, you will receive two mentoring sessions from one our experienced team members to help you shape your professional development.

We’re looking for artists, producers and performers who want to respond to the River Thames creatively with projects that appeal to young audiences, and we are open to ideas across all artforms including poetry, dance, exhibitions and more. A digital element must also be central to your project idea.

To apply, you must be:

  • 30 years old or younger
  • Have experience on at least one artistic project.
  • Have a fully formed River Thames or water themed project or idea in development.
  • Planning on the event to take place in September 2021.
  • The event should be delivered to both a digital platform and an event space. We require all events to be multiplatform to ensure we can reach the widest and most diverse audience. We will also accept proposals for events which are digital only.


We are committed to working towards a more diverse cultural sector. Our recruitment process is open to all, but we are particularly keen to hear from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME). those who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled, as these groups are currently underrepresented in our teams. 


This programme includes all the benefits that come with our Open Call package, plus the following:

Marketing Package (worth £2000)

  • Inclusion in Totally Thames’ Marketing and PR Campaign
  • A bespoke video content package, and inclusion in our Young Person’s Season strand

Development/progress meetings

  • Development and support meetings with the team to help you plan your next steps.

Financial pot

  • A small financial pot to go towards the project production (£500)

Mentoring sessions 

  • Two mentoring sessions with members of the team to help with your professional development.


  • Opportunities to network and make new connections with industry professionals.


To apply, please fill in the below form by Friday 16 April. Please email Sophie if you have any questions at [javascript protected email address].

We will also be hosting a Find Out More event at 5pm on Thursday 19 March. Please email Sophie if you would like to join.