SHOUT Festival 2020: AIR Call Out

DEADLINE MONDAY 31st AUGUST 2020

Following on from the success of our 2019-20 Artist In Residence (AIR) project ‘Moving In’ by Softly Spoken Collective, SHOUT Festival (Birmingham LGBT) are looking to appoint a Midlands based LGBTQ+ artist (working in any art form) as our 2020-21 Artist in Residence working on a digital platform.

As part of SHOUT’s ongoing commitment to platform, strengthen and develop queer voices in the West Midlands, the selected artist will be supported by the SHOUT Festival team to develop and create a new piece of artistic work which speaks to and/or engages with LGBTQ+ communities in the West Midlands. In addition to this the selected artist will receive personalised support towards their own creative and professional development, the SHOUT team will work with the chosen artist to create a development plan tailored to the needs of the individual which may include supporting the artist to undergo specific training (i.e. in bid-writing etc.), mentoring with artists/producers, opportunities to attend conferences etc. 


The SHOUT AIR commission is a chance for artists to expand their practice and to engage with local LGBTQ+ communities. The AIR position is aimed at giving artists who have an established practice but have not yet received a major commission/exhibition opportunity a platform to create and develop or are looking to take a new direction in their practice. We’re particularly interested in supporting project ideas that sit between the gaps of conventional performance, visual art, or moving image work – this is not an opportunity to commission a gallery exhibition or studio theatre performance, rather we want to support artists to work with and for local communities and to create something which can shine in a festival context. This should be limited to digital work as the affects of COVID-19 are far reaching and as yet unknown.

The AIR fee is £3000 which must include all project costs (this might include prints, videography, materials, distribution, equipment hire, other artist contributions etc.). This budget must also pay for your work and time as the artist(s), we will not accept applications where artists are not paid for their work. The AIR position is open to individual artists or to collectives/artistic collaborations working to create one project (we will not accept applications from artists looking to create multiple pieces of work).

Click HERE for more information or to apply