As we launch a new programme at Coventry Pride with a summer of activities to follow, we are excited to invite LGBT+ artists who live within a CV postcode (this covers Coventry and parts of wider Warwickshire) to apply for one of our six Uprising Commissions of £1,000 each.
These micro commissions are open to artists of any discipline and of any level to either;
The Brief: Pride Uprising
During the pandemic, we saw many cultural funders and organisations throw out the rulebook and allow artists to simply ‘create’ and make work. We liked this and we don’t think it should stop. We are looking to support 4 local LGBT+ creatives to simply apply to make new work they want to develop.
We also know there are LGBT+ artists and creatives who feel able and fired up to make work in relation to the threat against our (collective) right to protest, via Article 10. We are looking to additionally support 2 local creatives to make something around this.
Who can apply?
LGBT+ artists / groups aged 16+ and with a CV postcode
We are looking to support a range of creative projects. Projects can include film, live art/performance, theatre, poetry / spoken word, dance, music, visual arts and more but must be creatively led by LGBT+ artists.
Platforming opportunities will be given for artists to share their work. Although it is not a requirement to have a ‘finished’ output at the end of the commission, there are platforms where you could, including:
Applicants should consider:
We are particularly keen to receive proposals from disabled artists and those who are a part of the Global Majority (often known as POC identifying people).
We encourage artists to consider creative methods of integrating access for D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent online audiences into the work from conception. We can offer advice on this at the grant surgery detailed below. You might want to think about captioning, audio descriptions and other access elements, if you are sharing work.
What will you receive?
Up to £1,000 commission: You’ll need to be realistic about the scale of the project/length of the work. When writing your application please consider what your budget will be put towards, and how much time you will need to spend on making your work come to life!
Getting advice and support
For most artists, it is assumed access costs will be met by Access to Work. If not, these can be included either within or in addition to the £1000 commission fee, depending on the nature of the work and the budget requirements.
How to apply:
Please provide a maximum of 250 words per question.
If you have any questions about the application process please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diversity and Equal Opps:
We welcome applications from those who are marginalised within the LGBT+ community. We are dedicated to funding a diverse range of artists and have an artist liaison manager Chloe who is on call if any artists need support whilst applying.
Selection Process – Key Criteria
A panel comprising the Creative Coordinator, Coventry Pride Trustees and Coventry 2021 staff. The panel will take their decisions against the following key criteria:
What we will not be judging the applications on: