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Apply for New Performance Bursaries from the Greater Manchester LGBT Arts + Culture Network

Published: 15 August 2019 Tags: By Charlotte Goldsbrough

Greater Manchester LGBT Arts + Culture Network is an LGBT Foundation project, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The Network aims to provide support, training + awareness for cultural organisations in delivering events and projects in all boroughs with LGBT+ artists, participants, staff, and audiences.

Thirteen cultural organisations from across Greater Manchester are taking part in the pilot scheme throughout 2019-20: Contact, HOME, Islington Mill, Manchester International Festival, Manchester Metropolitan University, Octagon Theatre, Oldham Coliseum, People’s History Museum, The Lowry, The Met, The Royal Exchange Theatre, The University of Manchester, and Waterside.

Opportunity: Greater Manchester LGBT Arts + Culture Network is seeking submissions from artists/creatives, performers and makers based in Greater Manchester, to develop and present new performance works at a conference event at HOME on 22 January 2020, as part of PUSH Festival.

Work that is seen as more innovative and experimental, or has traditional/mainstream appeal will be considered. Bursaries are open to early career artists and companies as well as those more established, who are based in Greater Manchester.

Criteria: we ask that work submitted for consideration fulfils one or more of the following criteria:

  • Explores lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and/or gender themes.
  • Is of interest to an LGBTQ+ audience.
  • Is created or presented by LGBTQ+ artists.
  • Is a clear development opportunity for the artist or company.

We’d be particularly interested to hear about work from queer artists of colour, deaf and disabled artists, artists who identify as female, and artists who identify as trans or non-binary.

The work presented can vary in art form but must consist of a live performance and be 15-20 minutes in duration and suitable for presentation within the conference set-up. The conference will take place in HOME’s T2 theatre space. It is a black box studio with a capacity of 130 in raked seating. Work will be performed within the conference timetable and set-up/ technical elements will need to be designed with this in mind.

Successful candidates will be selected by a panel of Network representatives.

We welcome proposals from artists/companies that detail:

  • Work/experience to date.
  • Links to previous work.
  • The work you would like to propose.
  • Draft budget and any funding/partners you’ve secured or plan to work with.
  • Why presenting your work at this event is important to your artistic development.

New Performance Bursaries: There are two new performance bursaries available of up to £1000 each. We encourage bursaries to be used as match funding alongside other project supporters.

Additional Support: Network members will support successful candidates with rehearsal space to develop your work. Mentoring support will also be offered as part of this package.

Credits: During the work’s development and the event, candidates will credit their work as ‘Supported by the Greater Manchester LGBT Arts + Culture Network’.

Submissions: Please submit your proposal by filling in this short form here

If you’d prefer to answer the questions in video or audio format, email [email protected] answering all questions in the short form above. Please make sure your video or audio is no longer than 3 minutes.

Please also take two minutes to fill in this Equal Opportunities and Monitoring form here.

Please complete for each individual member of your company.

Further guidance: If you need any support or guidance, or just want to chat over a few things, we're holding an informal 'Queer Arts Cafe' on Mon 9 September, 7pm-9pm at Waterside in Sale, for artists to find out more about the opportunity, get guidance on what we're looking for from these questions and a chance to meet some of the network partners. This event is not mandatory and is for guidance only, attending or not attending this session will not affect the outcome of your submission. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by clicking here

Deadline for proposals is Wed 25 September 2019, Midday

Shortlisted applicants will be informed on Fri 27 September 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to talk about their proposal with the selection panel on Thu 3 October 2019.

Successful candidates will be informed on Fri 4 October 2019.