Homotopia’s Artist Development Programme 

Homotopia has championed LGBTQIA artists based in/from Liverpool and the North West for over 15 years. QueerCore is our formal artist development programme. 


At the start of the year we put out a call for our artist development programme, QueerCore. The first round was really successful; we have accepted four artists/companies onto the programme and are able to support additional artists in other ways. We still making decisions on other applications.

We intended for QueerCore to have an open and rolling application process but with the current crisis, we have needed to rethink and will not be accepting new applications after 5pm tomorrow (26/03/2020). Instead, we are opening a new commissioning opportunity open to all LGBTQIA artsist which will focus on innovative new digital work. Applications will open next week, keep an eye on our social media for this.

If you are currently working on a QueerCore application, please get in touch ASAP via

We will continue to support artists currently accepted onto Queercore, but under these highly unusual circumstances, want to refocus our work to support artists in the most effective ways for the current climate.


We are interested in LGBTQIA artists and work that is: 

  • Risk-taking: we’ve all got a very different idea of what ‘risk’ is, so don’t worry about your work being too ‘risky’ to programme – it might well be perfect in the context of Homotopia. 
  • Unapologetically queer: We like work that celebrates queer culture, is high camp realness, radical or cosy queerness, femme, butch, trans, non-binary lives, identities and experiences.  
  • High quality: we love our audience and want them to have the best possible experience of excellent art, and believe such art is more likely to have a positive social impact. 
  • Diverse: we programme work that reflects the full spectrum of LGBTQIA experiences and strongly encourage those who are currently underrepresented in the sector to apply, which might include folks who identify as BME and LGBTQIA, intersex artists, trans-masc stories, disabled queer artists. 
  • Any art form: we are interested in dance, theatre, cabaret, visual arts, digital work, or anything else that comes to mind. Historically and presently, we have a special interest in LGBTQIA theatre and have more opportunities to offer in this area. 

For QueerCore specifically, we are particularly interested in; 

  • Work that is broadly performance based 
  • Artists that are based in Liverpool (preferable) or the North West.
  • Work from individuals or work from groups/collectives 
  • Optional: work that has a participatory or engagement element  

You should have an idea of a specific project you wish to develop; applications will be assessed on the quality of applicant and project itself. Your project could be (for instance) a show/event, a series of workshops, research, and can include elements of self-development as well. We will consider people we believe to have potential, even if we think the project needs development. You can ring the office on 0151 709 1113, or email to find out more, or ask questions informally. 

Artists should identify as LGBTQIA and the subject matter of their work should explore queer/trans identities, challenges, experiences and culture.  

What QueerCore offers: 

  • Funding support for artists fee and project costs 
  • Advice and guidance on getting work put on, fundraising and marketing 
  • Some project management support 
  • Access to networks including Queer Arts North, and other nation-wide venues/organisation 

This programme is delivered in partnership with the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse.


Applications are assessed every two months, you should expect a response in 4-8 weeks after submitting.


Equality and Diversity Application Form Homotopia (Word)

Equality and Diversity Application form Homotopia (PDF)

Queercore Application Form (Word)

Queercore Application Form (PDF) 

Any issues with filling in the forms, please let us know on

Previous QueerCore supported performances include:

Gay Black theatre Rent Party
Rent Party
Hip Hip I'm Gay
Ashleigh Owen