Deadline: 6 June 2022
Call for entries

Down the Wire Live – Open Call
Deadline : 12 noon GMT 06 June 2022

Description : Down the Wire Live is a six-month collaborative project between B’sarya (Egypt) and Cryptic (UK). Both organisations will support artists, enabling them to participate in a collaborative research and development project resulting in a live performance/event in both Glasgow and Alexandria.

We are looking for ambitious musicians, audio-visual, and visual artists from the UK and Egypt to collaborate through residencies in both Glasgow and Alexandria. Residencies will be for four weeks in each city allowing for immersion in local environments, as well as a cross-cultural exchange of experiences, techniques, and artistic approaches. Artists will be required to give public talks/workshops and the outcome of the exchange (performance, installation etc) will be presented in Alexandria and Glasgow in early 2023.

A maximum of 16 artists will be short listed by Cryptic and B’sarya, eight from each country to take part in an artist exchange. UK artists will be invited to Glasgow on Wednesday 6 July 2022 and will be joined by the Egyptian artists digitally. This is an opportunity for all artists to share their working practice, establishing artistic synergies across the group with the goal of choosing an artist from the other country to submit a joint proposal for the final exchange project.

Following this session and the submission of the joint proposal, two artists, one from each country, will be selected to participate in the final exchange project.

For the final exchange project, artists need to be available between early October 2022 – early April 2023 to travel between the UK and Egypt. A weekly fee of £600 plus travel, visa costs, accommodation and per diems will be provided.

Artists participating in the artists exchange on the 6 June will be provided with a fee of £150.

This project is supported by the British Council International Collaborations Fund.

How to apply:

Please apply to

Applications should be no more than two sides of A4. Please include the following:

Links to your biography and examples of your work
Why working in Egypt and with an Egyptian artist is of interest to you
What you think you would like to learn from this residency
Why is this opportunity important to you

We welcome applications in alternative formats. Applications can be sent as a single PDF file, video* or audio application.* Please include Down the Wire Live Application with your name in the title of the email.

*10 minutes maximum

Please also complete the Inclusion, Diversity, Equality & Accessibility Monitoring form which is downloadable here as part of your application. Please note that you must complete this form for your application to be submitted.

If you require additional support in completing your application please contact Fiona Haggerty, Project Manager at
We will hold a drop-in session to help answer questions and give application guidance on Thursday 5 May, to book a slot please contact

You must be a UK based artist to apply for this opportunity.
Contact address : Fiona Haggerty, Project Manager at