QueerCore is Homotopia’s formal artist development programme for mixed art, literary, performance and visual artists based in the North-West of England.
These individuals and groups receive funding, advice and support in their specific projects over the course of 12 months.
Felix Mufti-Wright, Ailis Lord and Christy Mather are Transcend Theatre, a trans and queer-led theatre company exploring issues not often highlighted in mainstream arts, with music and poetry are incorporated within the work.
ROOT-ed (Revolution of our time) is a self-published zine and social platform, that promotes, supports and inspires creative people of colour in the North West. Founded by artists Amber Akaunu and Fauziya Johnson during their final year at university studying Fine Art. The two saw a lack of representation in university, media, galleries and museums and felt the need to create this platform to represent the underrepresented.
Pretentious Dross is the stage name of Jim Valentine-Burrows, drag queen, performance maker, digital artist and co-producer of EAT ME+Preach! Liverpool’s O.G drag dinner cabaret & queer disco.
They are developing their solo show STRANGE LOOP, a dark ballad of transformation and longing that fizzes out across visual projection, sonic patchwork, lip-sync and ritual magick.
Michael Parry is a visual and live artist and photographer based in Liverpool. He sees art as a form of expression, a tool and a coping mechanism, to voice and to document, to release and provoke thought. He is working on a collaborative piece of photography work, with performance artist Francis Diamonti, called To Be Frank, alongside a physical collection titled Hard (on) consisting of five large pieces in a 2-D mixed media set up.
Mooncup Theatre is a womxn led collective. They met as independent artists sharing work in Liverpool.
Mooncup aims to provide a bold, political voice that theatrically engages through dark comedy, physicality, and song, to promote open conversations and question world views. They hope to encourage this by supporting the web of female identifying and queer artists within the city.
Millie is an illustrator based in Runcorn who brings her sketchbooks to life through her art. She is driven by the joy of drawing and mark-making with pens, pencils, paint; any medium that captures the moment. Millie uses her traditional drawing skills to make GIFs, animations and digitally rendered illustrations.
Kiara Mohamed is a Queer, multidisciplinary artist based in Toxteth, Liverpool. Her work focuses on identity, social issues and the role art plays in our lives. She uses photography, poetry, film and drone photography to comment on post-colonial ideas and reflect on her background and community. Black Flowers, a film about Liverpool’s colonial history, was shown at Tate Liverpool and the British Museum. Her most recent film, ‘Home’ was premiered online with The Bluecoat.
Day Matter and Brendan Curtis
Day is a non-binary, queer artist and facilitates a Queer Poetry Collective.
Brendan is a multi-disciplinary, neurodivese queer artist who performs as Auntie Climax and Penny Lane. Brendan co-produces Liverpool’s alternative drag cabaret night EAT ME + Preach!
Together they focus on shared concerns, queer poets, and produce/critique work.
Ciaran is a multi-award winning Irish poet based in Liverpool. His debut collection Cosmocartography is published with Burning Eye books. Awards include; Word War 3 Slam Champion, Pangaea International Online Poetry Slam 2015, National Senior Winner of Sean Dunne Young Writers Award 2010.
Ciaran is on QueerCore to develop his playwrighting debut ‘Albert’.