Adrian Howells (1962 – 2014) was one of the world’s leading figures in the field of one to one and intimate performance. Over two decades he developed an artistic practice that focused on the particular power and transformative possibility that could be achieved through creating a profound, immediate and personal connection to his audiences. Through these works and the care he took in every aspect of the experience he was often able to deeply affect those who participated in these encounters.

The Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance is an opportunity for a UK artist to develop and present an early staging of a new performance-based project in Glasgow (Take Me Somewhere festival) and London (Battersea Arts Centre). The Award aims to celebrate the intimate work that Adrian pioneered and excelled at, as well as providing an opportunity to explore new territories in the field of one to one and intimate performance. The Award provides £4,000 project commission towards the awardee’s fee and expenses in the development and presentation of the proposed project and performances.

The award is open to any proposal that seeks to explore the form of intimate performance.


Applicants must be based in the UK and must have been working professionally for a minimum of three years. You do not need a track record in intimate performance but you will need to demonstrate a commitment to exploring this field in your application. 

Deadline for Submissions: Midday Mon 29 October 2018

The Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance is led by the National Theatre of Scotland, Battersea Arts Centre and Take Me Somewhere Festival with support from the University of Glasgow and the Live Art Development Agency.