We usually share our shout-out for work for the festival in March, so first we want to hear directly from queer artists and producers about the support you need to feed your creative process and make new things happen.
With many queer artists, writers and producers struggling both creatively and financially over the past year, we’re creating space this month before our festival Open Call to talk about making and sharing new work. With venues closed and the entertainment sector shut down, some people we’ve talked to don’t feel there’s any point in making work, while others are adapting to new ways of sharing creative ideas. Others are finding it hard to focus on creativity, or simply have to re-focus on basic material survival.
We’re hosting two open meetings the week of February 22nd, one daytime and one evening. Places are limited to 12 per session to ensure meaningful, open interaction. We’ll also share our own experiences of commissioning and delivering work during the last year and offer some suggestions around what’s working and what’s not that might spark some ideas and open up some opportunities. If interest is over capacity, we’ll add another date. As Outburst’s main focus is support for local queer arts, priority will be given to artists based in the North (queer artists we work with from the South also prioritised).
We’d like to use our resources in ways that will enable artists to make, collaborate, get support for your creative visions, shake it up a bit and find new ways of working and sharing with audiences.
This mad disruption has changed the way we think about and understand so many things and also offers an opportunity to make radical shifts in the types of work we create, how we make it and share it, the bolder themes we need to explore now and the potential audiences we can reach.
Please register and come and share your experiences and ideas.
SESSION 1: Monday 22nd February 2pm (90 mins)
SESSION 2: Thursday 25th February 6.30pm (90 mins)