Bursaries for Early Career Artists

As part of QueerChange, a joint partnership project between Milk Presents (Midlands), Homotopia (North West) and Curious Arts (North East), are offering four bursaries of £2000 each to early career artists within performing arts, alongside a programme of supported development. 

Over the course of 10 months the recipients of the bursaries will be supported to develop a new piece of work, apply for additional funding and develop their practice through workshops and mentorship. 

QueerChange is offering each artist: 

  • A £2,000 seed commission to develop a new work
  • Monthly mentorship from an experienced artist who resonates with your practice
  • Support with fundraising from Homotopia, Milk Presents or Curious Arts
  • A programme of development workshops on fundraising, marketing and project management.
  • Get-together at Homotopia Festival 2021
  • Weekend residency retreat to develop work with QueerChange peers 
  • Showcase performance of seed commission at Curious Festival July 2022

Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Define as LGBTQIA+
  • Live in the North East or Midlands
  • Be at a key stage in your practice where you are ready to develop new work 
  • A performance maker of any discipline

We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds including those who identify as QTBIPOC, ethnically diverse, deaf, neurodiverse and/or disabled. 

Please do contact alex@homotopia.net if you have access needs around your application.

How to apply:
Please submit a short application via the link below covering the following;

  • Where you are based (North East or Midlands)
  • Your practice/the work you make, including any links to previous work (200 words)
  • Your seed commission idea (300 words)
  • The challenges and opportunities you think you may encounter making the piece (300 words)

Apply here. 

Deadline: 9am, 29th September 2021. You will hear by two weeks after this deadline.

Project key dates

Successful applicants must be available to:
Attend the first week of Homotopia Festival, week commencing Monday 1st November 2021 in Liverpool.

Attend a residency weekend in Early Summer 2022 (Date/location TBC)

Perform at Curious Festival in July 2022 (Date TBC)

Shortlisting panel
Applications will be shortlisted by representatives from Milk Presents, Homotopia and Curious Arts alongside independent artists/creatives working in the queer arts sector.

Mini Stipends for Early Career Producers

As part of QueerChange, a joint partnership project between Milk Presents (Midlands), Homotopia (North West) and Curious Arts (North East), three early-career producers will be supported to develop their practice and make new connections. 

The purpose of this project is for producers to practically meet and develop relationships with a range of LGBTQIA+ artists. We’ll give the successful producers a chance to have an insight into the process of running a festival or company, and refer many artists we come into contact with that are looking for a producer towards the successful producers.

We will be focusing a lot on performance, but also on participatory arts, visual arts and other art forms.

QueerChange is offering each producer:

  • A £770 stipend over the course of a year to cover time attending queer arts events and training (equivalent to approx. 7 days)
    Travel expenses and accommodation additional to the stipend
  • A programme of development workshops on fundraising, marketing and project management
  • Introduction to our networks of artists, including Homotopia’s QueerCore artists

Applicants must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Define as LGBTQIA+
  • Live in the North East, North West or Midlands
  • Be at a key stage in your producing career where you want to connect with new artists to support their and your development

We strongly encourage applicants from underrepresented backgrounds including those who identify as QTBIPOC, ethnically diverse, deaf, neurodiverse and/or disabled. 

Please do contact alex@homotopia.net if you have access needs around your application.

How to apply
Please submit a short application via the link below that will cover the following:

  • Where you are based (North East, North West or Midlands)
  • Your career to date, including any links to previous work (200 words)
  • What challenges and opportunities you feel Queer Arts face (150 words)
  • What kinds of work you would like to produce in your career. Including which areas of producing you are interested in/want to develop (300 words)

Apply here. 

Deadline: 9am, 29th September 2021. You will hear by two weeks after this deadline.

Project key dates:

Successful applicants must be available to attend the first week of Homotopia Festival, week commencing Monday 1st November 2021 in Liverpool. 

Attend a residency weekend in Early Summer 2022 (Date/location TBC)

Perform at Curious Festival in July 2022 (Date TBC)

Shortlisting panel
Applications will be shortlisted by representatives from Milk Presents, Homotopia and Curious Arts alongside independent artists/creatives working in the queer arts sector.

Milk Presents
Milk Presents is a queer artist led company making live performance, theatre, cabaret, workshops, photography and films. Creating space for people to celebrate, disrupt, find community, watch some awesome cabaret-theatre and have an unforgettable night.

Homotopia
Homotopia is a Liverpool based arts & social justice organisation making a cultural impact through art and activism. Our aim is to support and platform local, national and international LGBTQIA socially engaged artists and creatives. Every October/November we present Homotopia Festival , featuring a variety of LGBTQIA art across multiple venues and outdoor spaces in the city. In addition to our festival, we have a year-round programme of artist development, public artworks and events.  

Curious Arts
Curious Arts is a Newcastle Gateshead based not-for-profit organisation championing and developing LGBTQIA+ arts, artists and audiences across the North East of England. Producers of award-winning Curious Festival – a celebration of LGBTQIA+ culture, Curious Arts co-ordinate queer arts network Queer Arts North and develop community-focused arts projects and events throughout the year, in partnership with cultural and community organisations from across the region.