Published: March 6, 2024 by odawson

Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network is looking for two LGBTQ+ artists or companies based in Greater Manchester to develop new performances to be showcased at local Pride events across Greater Manchester this summer. 

The PRIDE STAGES Bursary 2024 is part of a range of initiatives from the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, led by LGBT Foundation and supported by Arts Council England (providing support, training, and development for over 30 cultural organisations in the region working with LGBTQ+ communities) that are creating opportunities for LGBTQ+ performing artists across Greater Manchester to develop and present new work. 

Supported by our Network partners (Factory International, Global Grooves, Manchester Pride, Octagon Theatre, Peshkar, The Lowry, The Met, The Old Courts, Touchstones, Waterside Arts) the PRIDE STAGES  Bursary 2024 opportunity will include a cash grant of £1000, access to rehearsal space, and tailored development support from partner venues. 

Artists will present their work from May – September 2024 at events including Bolton Pride, Bury Pride, Manchester Pride, Oldham Pride, Pride in Trafford, Tameside Pride, and more TBA. 

Previous recipients of the PRIDE STAGES Bursary have included Cheddar Gorgeous (who went on to become a finalist in Rupaul’s Drag Race UK S3), and award-winning choreographer Jaii Andrew. 

Artists are encouraged to submit Expressions of Interest by Fri 15 March, 12pm (midday). 

To find out more, including how to apply, click here.

Dr. Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive, LGBT Foundation said: 

‘I’m thrilled that Arts Council England continues to support LGBT Foundation’s work with the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network, providing more opportunities for LGBTQ+ artists, supporting our cultural organisations engage further with LGBTQ+ communities, and creating more space for Queer Hope and Joy.  

‘Thanks to this year’s partners we’re incredibly excited to take our PRIDE STAGES artists to even more parts of Greater Manchester, and can’t wait to see what they develop for our local Prides!’ 

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