Queer Arts Commission – Spring 2024

27 Feb - 21 Mar

Stanley Arts is delighted to announce the four LGBTQIA+ artists and companies that have commissioned to create new work, which will be performed in Spring 2024 at Stanley Arts and Kings Head Theatre.


The incredible line up of multidisciplinary artists, award-winning producers and writers explore the theme of queer identity through a variety of art forms, and touch on subjects such as gender, faith, and mental wellbeing.
Stanley Arts has offered seed commissions of £5,000, alongside development and fundraising support, and feedback from Raze Collective. This programme is part of This Is Croydon, London Borough of Culture for 2023 and the Artist Development Programme of Stanley Arts. The majority of the artists are based in South London, bringing creative investment to the local area and showcasing the work of South London artists.

The four recipients of the commission are all multidisciplinary in form, with a focus on different aspects of performance: Danny Bailey (founder of @ThePalaceOfTheDogs), Debris Stevenson (POET IN DA CORNER, Royal Court 2018, Oxford Contemporary Music’s BOOM Artist 2023 – 24), Jules Cunningham (founder of Julie Cunningham & Company, how did we get here? Sadlers Wells, 2023) and Queer theatre collective Sweet Beef (I Hate it Here 2023, nominated for Charlie Harthill & LET awards). All artists will perform their work in Croydon, at Stanley Arts in Feb/Mar 2024, and Sweet Beef will perform a work in progress sharing at the new Kings Head Theatre on Friday 8th March. Tickets available here.


Quotes from the artists

Sweet Beef
“We’re really excited about the prospect of making a new promenade show and being able to lean into the queerness and weirdness of what we are making & to explore the experimental nature of the work. We can’t wait to connect with our local South London community & meet other lonely queers like us.”

Jules Cunningham
“I feel really thankful to be offered this opportunity to make work as part of a queer context! I believe this commission and its approach will help our team work more sustainably which is much needed. As an artist based in South London, I’m really looking forward to being in the supportive environment of Stanley Arts, being alongside great artists and connecting with local communities.”

Debris Stevenson
“I am thrilled to receive a commission with queerness at its very core – to not just make a queer show but for the making itself to be queer. I already feel I have been given permission to question the process, diverge from binary form, and wander into the most weird, wonderful and neuroqueer corners of my practice.”

Danny Bailey
“I am so honoured to have been selected as a recipient of the Queer Arts Commission at Stanley Arts. My project, “Finding Olokun”, handles some challenging ideas around faith and identity, and I am excited to explore the creative vocabulary for these themes within the safety of this inclusive environment. In this part of the process, I will be delving into the process of sound design, film and live theatre, to bring this story to life in collaboration with some amazing artists.”

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