Our creative skills programme is a new 12-month artist development programme for LGBTQIA 16 – 25 years old based in the Liverpool City Region. 

Supported by Converse in collaboration with DuoVision and The Royal Standard.  

The programme will consist of monthly workshops open to all young people aged 16 – 25 living in the Liverpool City Region. Taking place the last Tuesday of the month at The Royal Standard 5:30 – 7:30pm. Participants will have the opportunity to explore new areas of creativity and/or develop existing skills in a range off areas ranging from illustration to photography from graphic design to curation.

There’ll also be a call out for a group show of early career artists, consisting of six £500 commissions released Autumn 2023. Throughout the delivery of the exhibition there’ll be mentoring available for any young creatives wanting to develop careers in creative industry, exhibition delivery and producing events. 

The project will consist of: 

  • Creativity workshops 
  • Creative Skills Mentoring 
  • A Group Exhibition 
  • Six £500 commissions for early career artists – released Autumn 2023 

Start Date: May 30th 2023

Group Show: April 2024


We’re excited to be partnering with Converse, DuoVision and The Royal Standard to support and develop the next generation of queer artists in the city.  Special thanks to Converse for their support in making this project happen. 

 About Duovision:  

DuoVision curate exhibitions and events that highlight the work of artists who have made a significant contribution to the cultural landscape, but through sexuality, gender or age have not received the recognition they deserve. 

DuoVision ran their own gallery in The Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool where James curated a programme of exhibitions and events supported by Arts Council England, with artists, photographers, designers & musicians including; Pam Hogg, Jarvis Cocker, Sadie Lee, Marc Almond, Sheila Rock, Peter Ashworth, Caroline Coon, Whitaker Malem, Andrew Logan & Duggie Fields.  

Many of the exhibitions were the first-time artists had been given a solo show and have led to further opportunities for the artists including acquisitions by The Tate. 

About The Royal Standard: 

The Royal Standard is Liverpool’s oldest and largest artist-led studio and gallery designed by artists, for artists. More than just space, TRS is a community that makes a career as an artist in Liverpool a viable and accessible option through access to a support network and development opportunities through our local and national networks.  They aim to support outstanding emerging and mid-career artists by providing the highest quality, affordable studio spaces within a supportive community. Their programme includes public exhibitions, residencies, exchanges, critiques, research, events, training and community activities. They currently support over 40 artists through our studio membership and residency scheme. Their mission is to support artists to create sustainable and viable careers in the North West.