Art Grants

Open from 19th Feb - 8th April

Got an amazing idea? Something you’d love to see at Nest? Whether it’s beautiful, interactive, thought-provoking, fun, challenging (or all of the above), please let us know what you need to make this a reality.

Key dates

  • Art Grants will open on 19th February, and close on 8th April
  • This year there will only be ONE round of grant applications due to tighter turn around for this years burn.
  • We will endeavour to confirm your application outcome within 10-14 days of closed applications.

Welcome Home

It’s time to go home! After two years of being estranged from our beloved Nest it is finally time where we can all gather on the glade again and welcome each other home in whatever way that means to you at a burn. Be it your spiritual home, your desired community home or just the place where you feel your supreme self in the comfort of your own body. Home. 

As we’ve spent the best part of two years in houses, vans, caves and buildings, furnished with memories, tat and loving comforts. This year’s theme aims to make that transition back into the glade a little softer. Maybe even blur the lines a little. 

‘Welcome Home’ is the theme. Imagine a glade full of those comforts; lamps, rugs, cushions, picture frame walls, board games, candle sticks and chimneys. Whatever home means to you bring those comforts to the glade and let us invite each other in. Maybe there’s something that kept you real warm these past two years that you’re not ready to part with or would like to share with a stranger. Maybe it’s a book you read that changed your outlook. Maybe it’s a comfy toy so hugged it’s holy. Maybe you’ve finally perfected that family recipe and want to have a dinner party by the lake with some old or new friends. 

Whatever has kept you warm these past two years and feel comfortable to do so then by all means please bring. We want to see what home means to you, in every sense of the word. And what’s a better welcome home then a massive welcome home party! It’s going to be a special one this year and we can’t wait to see you there.

With Nest not so far on the horizon, we would like to share with the community information and inspiration to contribute to this years burn.

Nest Grants – what we fund and how to get reimbursed

We like to be as transparent as possible with our grant process. Before you apply, please have a read through our guidelines!

Receipts: All artists must pay for materials up front and then be reimbursed upon sharing their receipts with the Finance Lead, however if there are exceptional circumstances in which an artist can’t afford to pay the entire amount up front we can consider alternative options on a case by case basis – get in touch if necessary.

If you are offered a grant, you will get an email from the Finance Lead with instructions on how to officially accept your grant and how to get reimbursed.

Transport: We do not fund transport of art nor can we offer to transport your art to Nest for you. We recommend for anyone who doesn’t have the means to transport their own art, that you connect with other artists or theme camps to share resources – please see the Artist Linking Tool below.

Tools:  Artists must bring their own tools needed to build and strike their projects, and for any maintenance they may need during the week. Although Nest has some tools, these will be used by the build and strike team for general infrastructure and are prioritised for that purpose. 

Things we can fund:

  • materials to be used in art installations, workshops, decor, performances, etc.
  • materials to be used to make specific structures for a camp that are beyond basic infrastructure and are an intrinsic aspect of something they are offering to the Nest community (i.e. furniture with an interactive element, stages, possibly some specialised food or drink IF it is an intrinsic aspect of an interactive project that offers something beyond just eating and drinking (i.e. we might fund sweets to be used in a 3d puzzle game that gives sweets as a prize, we have funded magic berries for a tasting experience before, etc.) Otherwise all food and drink are considered a gift rather than art.

Things we don’t fund:

  • alcohol or other intoxicants
  • anything illegal
  • payment for artists or performer’s time
  • food (unless it is something special being given as part of a larger experience, i.e. cacao ceremony, an art installation that gives out candy prizes, etc.) If you simply want to feed people, then that is considered a ‘gift’ rather than ‘art’
  • large camp infrastructure, such as generators, domes, pavilions, pre-built durable items intended to build out a camp space (we recommend this come from camp fees and your own fundraising as a camp)
  • DJ equipment
  • rented camp infrastructure such as generators, stages, lighting and sound equipment
  • tickets or transport for artists (any artists unable to afford full-price tickets are encouraged to apply for low-income tickets if needed)
  • commercial promotional materials
  • high powered lasers or anything deemed unsafe
  • gifts or swag

Other restrictions:

No high powered lasers. If you plan to mount lasers in your project please include specific details and plans related to the lasers you plan to use. 

All art that includes fire must get approval of the health and safety team, and if approved, have adequate fire suppression materials on hand at all times and be attended by a competent, sober adult at all times that flames are present.

Things to think about when bringing art to Nest:

  • If the art is an outdoor structure, how will it be lit at night so participants don’t run into it and hurt themselves or break it?
  • Can it be built for easy transportation? How will you get the art to the site?
  • Are there any health hazards or danger to the environment?
  • Is it “moopy” i.e. will it create small pieces of material that could easily come off it?
  • How will it be set up to withstand any weather that could arrive – high speed winds, heavy rain, etc? Could it become a hazard in such an event? How can you secure it so it doesn’t?
  • What tools will be needed to build and strike the structure, or to maintain it, and where will you get them to site?

Inspo needed?

We have created a ‘mood board’ to give you ideas and inspiration that sparks creativity and collaboration. View the Pinterest board. We don’t know what home means to you, so if yours looks different, bring it! if your ideas don’t look like this, show us!

For any further information or questions please email us at art@burningnest.co.uk

Important items to note

  • We appreciate that this year past has been tough for all. Covid has made event organising near impossible these past two years and we are so glad to be back!!!! With this in mind, there is less time than usual to bring all moving parts together and we have decided to proceed with one cycle of applications.
  • This allows us time to help guide you on the application process where necessary and then carefully consider and hope that this suits your planning.
  • If you are unable to meet the deadline criteria, please reach out to our team outlining your late application request. These will be managed on a case by case basis and cannot not guaranteed. We will do our best to include all applicants.
  • There will be a site visit hosted for all volunteers including organisers on the 9th – 10th April (TBD). If you are interested in visiting the site to map out your project specs, please be sure to note this in your Arts Grants Application and we will share the details with you.