Art Grants

The first wave of Art Grants are now open!

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

  • Second stage applications (for grants less than £1000) are now open and close 12th March
  • Decisions on second stage will be made provisionally over 14-18th March (according to this process)

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.

Artist Linking Tool:

We have created an Artist Linking Tool where you can offer or ask for advice or assistance from other creatives (sheet 1), as well as offer or ask for help with transporting projects to Nest (sheet 2):

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 candies to be used in a 3d puzzle game that gives candy 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?