Call out for artists' proposals create a new show with Hope Street’s emerging artists to celebrate 30 years!
To celebrate our 30th birthday, Hope Street is looking for proposals from its alumni to create a performance with the 2018 cohort of emerging artists.

Who can submit a proposal?
Any artist that has taken part in any of Hope Street’s developmental programmes during its 30 years of existence. This could be a director, performer, designer, film maker, sound designer, actor, etc.
The artist submitting the application will be the lead for the project and can suggest their own team to work with on the project, or can work with Hope Street to identify a team of collaborators.

Background information
Hope Street develops artists, artforms and arts in the community. We provide professional development for emerging artists and theatre companies and produce cutting edge, cross-artform performances that encourage established artists to work outside their comfort zone in unusual places and spaces.

For 30 years Hope Street has built a reputation for nurturing emerging artists through different vocational and professional programmes. In 2018 we will launch ADAPT (Artist Development & Performance Training), modelled on our internationally-renowned Emerging Artists Programme. This will be a vocational training programme providing participants with the opportunity to create their own work alongside professional artists, learn the business skills needed to work in the arts and cultural sector, network with and meet key personnel in other major creative organisations in Liverpool, and more. In recent years the programme has produced spectacular performances, including immersive theatrical games across the city, site-responsive work at the Bluecoat and Tate Liverpool, mask work, street performances, physical theatre and cross-arts and multimedia collaborations, as well as collaborations with a variety of community groups.

With ADAPT we are keen to continue supporting the development of artists, not only emerging, but at any stage of their careers, by helping them realise their ideas, whilst ‘passing on’ their skills and training to artists at the start of their careers. ADAPT will last for approximately 3 months, during which the cohort of Hope Street’s emerging artists will engage in training, placements and performances.
This is a call-out for the main performance during the programme. We are keen to hear our alumni’s original ideas and proposals.
The Brief
From 1st June 2018 the UK’s creative community will host a season of work and activities celebrating the environment and inspiring action on climate change entitled ‘Season for Change’. This season of activities will coincide with the COP24 global climate talks. We welcome submissions that reflect this, ie celebrating the environment and inspiring action on climate change.
For more information on ‘Season for Change’ click here.
The performance could take place on any site, location or space, including traditional theatre settings, open spaces, streets and squares, unusual locations and Liverpool landmarks (or all of the above). 
We want artists to challenge themselves and their artform and create something new and unique; (please do not apply with previously-realised projects). We are looking for exciting and innovative work that will inspire the emerging artists who will take part. If you include an international dimension, this will be most favourably considered!
You will be working with a selected group of emerging artists that will include performers, designers, a director, a musical director, and other roles still to be decided, but that can be adapted to your project if needed (eg digital artist, movement director etc). As a lead artist, you will be mentoring some of the emerging artists, as well as working with other lead artists who will also act as mentors. If you have participated in any of our recent past projects you will know the structure, but if you haven’t, please give us a call and we will describe it for you. To get a flavour of our recent work, please go to our website and click the Emerging Artists Programme tab.
Exact dates for the project are still to be decided, but it will take place for 4 weeks around September/October 2018. Lead artists will be excpected to deliver training in the lead up to creating the show.

How to apply
If you are interested in being considered for the role of lead artist, please send us:
  • A CV and a biographical statement with a summary of your recent relevant work
  • The project proposal responding to the brief, in no more than 500 words, which should include proposed location, what the audience will experience, and a brief draft action plan and logistics of the project
  • If working with a team, please name them and outline how each artist will contribute to the project or if you do not have names, explain what other kind of artists or skills you would need to realise the idea 
Once we’ve received your application we will arrange to discuss your proposal as well as the total project budget and fee. The final project budget will depend on funding.

Please send your proposal to: 
Montserrat Gili, Creative Director at Hope Street Ltd
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Tel. +44(0)151 708 8007 
Deadline for submissions: 13th November 2017. Individual meetings to discuss proposals will be during the week commencing 27th November 2017.

Good luck and thank you for helping us celebrate 30 years!


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