Applications for NSDF LAB are now closed. We have been in touch with all applicants. If you have not heard from us please email 


What is NSDF LAB?


The NSDF LAB brings together young people from across the country to create new work and new creative communities.

The aim is to make pieces of work which will feature at NSDF22.

NSDF LAB is free and open to all 16-25 year-olds.

“I think the Lab project was an absolutely fantastic initiative. Having the opportunity to develop my work alongside other incredible young creatives has helped me get better at the work I create and make some fantastic contacts for the future.”
NSDF LAB Participant

This is the second year of NSDF LAB, how was the first?


Last year NSDF LAB created 5 new pieces of work for NSDF21, ranging from finished shows to work in progress pieces and rehearsed readings. We made new communities of people who had never met before. Many of these new companies and artists are continuing to work together even after the completion of NSDF21. All of the work was mentored through the process by our Associates.

Because of the pandemic, all the work for NSDF21 was digital.



Take a look at some of the projects made via NSDF LAB here

Click here
“We are all so grateful and honoured to have been part of NSDF LAB… it has truly been such a huge huge light during the last year.”
NSDF LAB Participant

Who are the Mentors?


The first stage of NSDF LAB this year will be mentored by Grace Smart, Chris Thorpe, Elin Schofield and Ali Pidsley.


What is Stage One of The NSDF Lab?


We are going to put together a group of young artists, and via zoom run a mentored programme in which we create work that can be taken forward for NSDF22.


Who’s eligible?


Anyone who’s 16-25.


How many people will be part of it?


A maximum of 20 people will be selected for this first phase of the NSDF Lab.

‘It's been an absolute pleasure and we would never have even met without you so thank you for running such a wonderful project.’
NSDF LAB Participant