Queers Arts Comission: Applications now open!

Following on from the successful Collide development programme, produced in collaboration with Raze Collective, Stanley Arts is offering seed commissions of £5,000, alongside development and fundraising support, for queer artists and queer led companies to create work for production in spring 2024.

We have four commissions to award overall and are seeking two theatre makers / performance artists / queer-led companies to make work for public performance and two visual artists / art collectives to make work for a public exhibition.

We are also open to proposals that take a multi-disciplinary and multi-media approach, combining performance & visual arts.
Stanley Arts seeks to provide a brave space for LGBTQI+ artists to challenge themselves and audiences alike, and we are looking for proposals that fully embrace this ambition. There is no specific creative brief, only that the work should engage with queer stories and queer identity.

Artist Profile
This programme will require commitment from the commissioned artists to work with us to grow their project beyond the boundaries of the initial seed commission. Each artist will receive bespoke fundraising & producing support, but it would be of great benefit if applicants already have some experience of staging or curating their own work. This could mean having a few exhibitions under your belt, or having already had some of your work staged professionally.

This programme is funded through the London Borough of Culture programme, This Is Croydon, a year-long programme run by The Mayor of London and Croydon Council. RAZE Collective will provide feedback on creative work during the development stage. We are also in discussions with Kings Head Theatre in North London about transferring the created performance work for a run in their soon-to-open new theatre building. They will offer additional production advice and support.

  • What do you get?
    £5000 seed commission
    1:1 fundraising support to help raise further production revenue.
    A bespoke package of free rehearsal space or free studio space at Stanley Arts.
    Production mentoring and support.
    A performance and/or exhibition run at Stanley Arts Feb/Mar 2024.
    currently pencilled as w/c 26th Feb 2024 or 4th Mar 2024
    (successful artists will need to be available for either one of these weeks.)
    The potential to develop the work for performance at the Kings Head Theatre.

How do you apply?
You can apply via this google form.
If you would like to send a video application, you’re welcome to do that instead and email, with a link to your video (no more than 5 minutes) to vicky@stanleyarts.org.

The deadline for applications is 31st August, 6pm.

Images, right, taken from COLLIDE showcase in July at Stanley Arts. Photography credit to Angry Jalebi (@angryjalebi)

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