SICK! Festival Micro Commissions

In July 2021, SICK! Festival has a Micro-commissioning fund of £6000 for 1-3 projects by early career artists in Greater Manchester and the North West.

We are seeking commissions that explore the most challenging and important issues that face communities today. We are seeking projects that look to the future with hope, that are rooted in trust and shared experience, that shine a light on our rights and our responsibilities, and that show us that change is possible.

We are looking to support projects rooted in the wider experience of people and communities in the city, that draw on substantial research or partnerships with community-based organisations, healthcare providers, charities or academic researchers. We are looking for projects that employ different forms, processes and types of engagement with audiences. We want to hear from artists whose work crosses boundaries between performance, visual art, literature, film, music and digital practices.

As well as financial support, bursaries will include creative advice sessions, support in building collaborations with community, healthcare and academic partners as well as an opportunity to present work at SICK! Festival in May 2022.

We want to work with artists from all sections of society and we welcome proposals from people who are currently under represented in the arts including people who face discrimination as a result of racism, those who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled.