Homotopia’s Artist Development Programme 

Homotopia has championed LGBTQIA artists based in/from Liverpool and the North West for 17 years. QueerCore is our artist development programme for early-career artists from the Liverpool City Region.  

What is QueerCore?

QueerCore is Homotopia’s formal artist development programme for early-career artists. The programme runs for 12 months and offers a selection of exciting and tailored support for LGBTQIA artists in the Liverpool City Region to grow, build connections and develop new ideas. 

What you’ll get

Starting in late March 2021, a 12-month programme of support including;  

  • A £2000 grant to spend on developing a new project, idea or strand of work. 
  • A mentor appropriate to your needs as an artist/artist collective. 
  • Access to specialist workshops on fundraising, marketing/PR and financial management for artists. 
  • Monthly mixers with other local queer artists, creatives and producers. 
  • A residential learning and development weekend in…Blackpool! 
  • A chance to present some form of work/work-in-process at Homotopia Festival 2021 


Over the course of this programme, you will have access to the Homotopia team, mentors and other LGBTQIA artists and producers. Rather than generic support, we like to focus your QueerCore programme around a specific project or idea, so that we can guide you through something practical and hit the ground running when you join the programme. 

QueerCore is also about creating a community, meeting members of QueerCore old and new, and the vast variety of artists, producers, and venues we work with in Liverpool and beyond. 

We are flexible and adaptive and expect to change and tweak elements of the programme over the course of the 12-months, as well as finding more opportunities for artists on the programme. 

Our 2020 – 2021 cohort (read all about them here) benefited from opportunities to perform, host workshops and/or exhibit their work during Homotopia Festival 2020. Two of the artists were also offered external commissions thanks to Homotopia’s support. Many received additional press coverage, increase in social media followers and interest from other programmers, producers and creatives.   

The Mentors

Each QueerCore artist will be matched with a dedicated mentor. We are proud to have gathered a team of incredible mentors with a wealth of professional experience across different art forms.

Harry Clayton-Wright (he/they) is a performance artist, writer and radical creator from Blackpool whose work spans theatre, installation, zine and film.

Dean Attar (he/him) is a poet and Young Adult author. He was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday.

Ashleigh Owen (she/her) is a queer artist, theatre-maker and performer. She is creative lead for Young Homotopia and presenter/producer of Homotopia’s forthcoming podcast.

Fox Fisher (he/they) is an award-winning artist, author, filmmaker and trans rights campaigner. They were Homotopia Festival 2020 Artist in Residence.

Alex Ferguson (he/him) is a Liverpool-based producer interested in art as activism, personal/societal change through radical arts, and queering everything!

Find out more about the mentors here >>


This programme is for artists who are all of the following criteria: 

  • Define as LGBTQIA; 
  • Are based in the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, St Helen, Wirral); 
  • Would say they are at an early stage in their career; 
  • Are not due to take part in any other formal artist development programmes in 2021 – 2022. 

This opportunity is NOT just for under 25s; all early-career artists are welcome whatever your career journey to date. We would especially love to hear from applicants who belong to groups underrepresented in the arts, including QTIBPoC, queer D/deaf and disabled people, and Trans* folks. 

We are looking to recruit 4 artists/collectives for the 2021 – 2022 programme.

How to Apply

Please complete and return the QueerCore application form AND an anonymous Equality & Diversity Monitoring form

Return to hello@homotopia.net by 23:59 on Monday 15 March 2021. 

If for access reasons, you prefer to apply via video or audio recording, you may provide a max. 8 minute video/voice recording answering the questions found on the application form. Please send to hello@homotopia.net via WeTransfer or a Dropbox link by 23:59 on Monday 15 March 2021.


Applications open: 14 January 2021 

Applications close: 23:59 on 15 March 2021 

Decisions: w/c 22 March 2021 

Start: w/c 5 April 2021 

First Mentor Meetings: April 2021 

First specialist workshop: May 2021 

Idea for festival confirmed: mid-June 2021 

Residential training weekend: Late June 2021  

Homotopia Festival: October – November 2021 

Planning next steps: December – March 2022 

NOTE: All dates and activities are subject to change in accordance with the most up-to-date COVID-19 regulations and any impacts of cornavirus on Homotopia’s staff team and workloads.


QueerCore application form 2021 >>



If you have questions about applying, we have two open slots to take zoom calls, of around 5-10 minutes;

20th January from 9.30am-12.30 midday (email us by 9am on the 19th January)

27th January from 1.30pm-5pm (email us by 9am on 26th January)

Simply email info@homotopia.net with the subject headline “QUEERCORE INQUIRY” and “20th Jan” or “27th Jan” and we will give you a time within the times of the open slot the day before.