QueerCore Application

QueerCore is Homotopia’s talent 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. 

Application deadline: 23:59 on Wednesday 9 March 2022 


Starting in late March 2022, it is a 12 month programme of support, focused around a specific project including;  

  • £2000 grant to spend on developing a new project, idea or strand of work. 
  • mentor appropriate to your needs as an artist/artist collective. 
  • Access to specialist workshops on fundraising, marketing/PR and financial management for artists. 
  • Mixers with other local queer artists, creatives and producers. 
  • residential learning and development weekend in…Blackpool! 
  • chance to present some form of work/work-in-process at Homotopia Festival 2022 

Info sessions will take place on the Wednesday 2nd February (online) BOOK HERE and 5.30pm, Thursday 8th February (in person) BOOK HERE. 


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 – the informal as well as formal elements of the programme are important to us.  

Our 2021 – 2022 cohort (read all about them here) benefited from opportunities to perform, host workshops and/or exhibit their work during Homotopia Festival 2021. Artists have featured in our nationally recognised art crawl, and most have received funding and opportunities post-programme. Many received additional press coverage and an increase in their social media followers.   


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; 

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


Simply fill in our form (at the bottom of this page) by the deadline – audio or video submissions are also accepted. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted about a short phone interview. This is just a chance to find out more about you – selection will not be based purely on this interview.  

If you wish to apply by video or audio, please send a dropbox folder link or similar to hello@homotopia.net. Keep this to a maximum of 8 minutes, and include essential contact details (phone and email), name, and address in the email.


For Applications: 

Applications open: Wednesday 12 January 2022 

Online info session: Tuesday 2 February 2022 

In person info session (in Static Trading at 5.30pm-6.30pm): Tuesday 8 February 2022 

Applications close: 23:59 on Wednesday 9 March 2022 

Interviews: w/c 15 March 2022 (15-minute phone call for shortlisted candidates) 

For the programme:  

Start: w/c 28 March 2022 

First Mentor Meetings: April 2022 

First specialist workshop: May 2022 

Idea for festival confirmed: mid-July 2022 

Residential training weekend: Late July 2022  

Homotopia Festival: November 2022 

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 lockdowns.  

>>>Click here to download forms >>>>
Queercore Application Form

Equality and Diversity Application Form