Accessible version: http://bit.ly/PrideStages-Accessible-Guidance-2021
Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network is delighted to launch a new opportunity for an LGBTQ+ artist/company based in Greater Manchester to develop a new 15-minute performance to be showcased as part of four local Pride celebrations between April and September 2021.
Supported by four Network member venues: Oldham Coliseum Theatre, The Met, Waterside Arts and The Lowry, the Pride Stages Bursary 2021 opportunity will include a cash grant of £1000, access to rehearsal space, and tailored development support from partner venues.
What do you get?
What’s it for?
This Bursary supports the creation of a new 15-minute performance to be developed between March and April 2021.
The work will then be shared with a public audience at four Pride events:
* all dates are provisional, and subject to change in light of local COVID restrictions.
We want to hear from contemporary theatre makers, performance artists, musicians, spoken word artists, dancers, circus and other live artists.
Performances should be rooted in theatre, dance, music, circus, live literature, live art or interdisciplinary performance practice. The work can include elements of other artforms such as visual art, but needs to be presented as a live performance.
Performance should speak to the experiences of LGBTQ+ communities, and the context in which it will be presented e.g. as part of a Pride event. Work should be celebratory, political or both.
Pride Stages can be outdoor or indoor performance stages, so the work will need be adaptable to both.
At this time, we anticipate that Pride Stages 2021 events will go ahead with a live, socially distanced audience.
If this situation changes, we’ll work with the artist to adhere to evolving government regulations regarding the presentation of live performance.
In the event of a Pride event being cancelled or postponed, it may be possible for the work to be filmed, live streamed or take place via an online platform supported by partners.
In order to be eligible for this commission, you must:
We want to hear from a wide range of people who identify as LGBTQ+ from across Greater Manchester.
We particularly welcome applications from those currently under-represented in the industry as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, sexuality, financial, ethnic, cultural, religious, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability.
If you’d like to explore how we can support you in overcoming these barriers, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll happily discuss this with you in advance of your application.
The selected applicants will be invited to tell us more about their idea through an informal online chat with representatives from the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network.
We’ll select one artist to receive this Bursary and will give feedback to all other applicants.
How to apply
Further questions and access
If you have any additional questions about your eligibility, or any part of the application process, then please email email@example.com and a member of the Greater Manchester LGBTQ+ Arts and Culture Network will get back to you.
We’re keen to make this process as inclusive as possible. Please let us know if you need additional access support and we will arrange this for you.
Thanks to Arts Council England for their support with this programme.