jump → things to watch · info for artists, gm artist hub, manchester independents, other support · Updated 25 Oct 2021


Responding to the uncertainty of the year, our performance programme remains fluid — we’re currently developing and spotlighting new work with Manchester Independents. Read our recent interview with Circles & Stalls. Visit our YouTube channel to re-watch livestreams of past events, and Domesticated to discover eight works in our home for video performance.

Find other things to see or do online in our latest Weekly Warning signpost to performance, complemented by the following sites:
Ben Kulvichit’s Quarantine performance blog post — an evolving diary of streams + recordings of shows to see online.
Exeunt Magazine’s resources — includes “Where to watch theatre for free online” (regular updates).
Fierce Festival’s Lockdown Viewing Tips.
Forest Fringe’s Paper Stages 2020 — a series of performances initiated by FF artists for you to complete in the comfort of your own home (free to download).
Forest Fringe TV — each Thursday FFTV presents something to watch or participate in (free, donations welcome).
HOME’s Great theatre you can watch at home — things to watch online for free (regular updates).
HOME’s digital channel — includes their Homemaker commissions to watch online (regular updates).
imitating the dog’s watch page — fortnightly opportunities to see some of their previous show recordings online.
Live Stream Archive — a temporary digital archive of small-scale theatre + performance works (regular updates).
MIF Live — free livestreams incl. new Festival In My House commissions, discussions + archive broadcasts from Manchester International Festival.
NRLA30 — performances + recollections from the 30th National Review of Live Art.
Online Fringe Festival — free live streams: a range of professionally-filmed productions, from one-woman musicals to operas, dramas, stand-up comedy .
Stay At Home Festival from The Cosmic Shambles Network — live streamed podcasts, mixed-bill comedy nights + conversations.
Stay Live At Home from Perform Istanbul — live performances on Instagram.
The Social Distancing Festival — live streamed global performance.
The Wooster Group — watch shows from their archive.
Theatre in the Mill’s Live Portal — a collation of creative events + opportunities.
United We Stream GM — live music + performances by Greater Manchester artists (info).
Unity Theatre’s What’s On(line) This Week — discover innovative performance by artists that feature in their programme.
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hÅb continues to advise/support artists and freelancers in our sector where we can, signposting help and opportunities below.
• To participate in a future online Domestic, please see our rolling open call for proposals — whilst we sense that artist’s appetite for showing their work online from home is currently waning, please feel free to suggest something as we’ll put together our sixth online event when we’ve got the right content.
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Greater Manchester Artist Hub is a joint artist development project to support independent artists + freelance creatives across our city region.
Sign-up here for a free 30-minute Zoom chat: talk through creative ideas, get some advice, or simply develop your network in an Advisory Session
hÅb/Word of Warning are GMAH partners alongside Community Arts Northwest, Contact, HOME, Manchester International Festival, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, SICK! Festival, Sustained Theatre Up North, The Lowry, Waterside Arts & Creative Industries Trafford, Z-arts.
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A range of GM organisations are exploring ways to help support independent artists + companies across our city region develop and share their work in 2021 as the sector emerges from COVID-19 restrictions… Manchester Independents is a 5-month-long programme to showcase the city region’s creativity, supported financially and with other resources including a joined-up marketing initiative.
hÅb/Word of Warning are Manchester Independents supporting partners — supporting and celebrating GM artists alongside a growing list of organisations.
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• Arts Council England’s Covid-19 support page includes advice/guidance on funds that government + other organisations have put in place, and other support.
• Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice Round 9 closed on 18 Feb, dates for Round 10 are TBA.
• Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants are available again, with updated guidance.
• Arts Marketing Association (AMA)’s resources page — to support arts, culture + heritage professionals, organisations + freelancers.
• AMA also have a Coronavirus Support Facebook Group — for all arts, culture + heritage professionals who work to engage audiences.
• Arts Professional have a CovidCulture microsite — news + info plus resources, ideas + virtual events that could help you through the days ahead.
• Arts Professional’s guide to running online-only events.
• Art with Heart are offering a seed-funding opportunity to working class, emerging creatives in Greater Manchester — up to £500 per application to develop an idea along with some mentoring support and help in signing up to Islington Mill’s free business support programme.
• Exeunt Magazine’s Covid-19 Resources for UK Theatre page — an evolving collection of advice, resources + opportunities for our community.
Freelancers Make Theatre Work has comprehensive guides to financial support, advice + resources.
• Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s new mental health services for people affected by social restrictions.
• Greater Mcr Combined Authority’s Culture team announce opportunities to help artists, freelancers + organisations at @GM_Culture.
• IPSE (Association of Independent Professionals + the Self Employed)’s Coronavirus page — what they’re doing + advice for freelancers + the self-employed.
• Live Art Development Agency (LADA)’s Covid-19 support + resources page — aims to gather information to support affected artists + arts workers.
• Live Art Development Agency’s Opportunities page.
Live Stream Archive + Live Streaming Arts Facebook group — expertise, information + advice on how to share live performance with, and connect to, audiences online.
Live Stream Archive — you can also share a recording of a performance to add to their temporary digital archive.
• Manchester’s Cultural Hardship Fund for Freelancers from the Savannah Wisdom Foundation working with HOME + Mcr City Council.
• Manchester International Festival’s Resources For Artists + Freelancers page.
• MIF’s Zoom drop-in for artists + freelance creatives — you can also join their facebook group.
• Money Saving Expert — Martin Lewis & his team have lots of useful information (regular updates).
• Paul Lewis Money’s blog on the coronavirus Self-employment Income Scheme (regular updates).
• Shape Arts’ twitter thread with resources for people working in the arts.
• Supercool’s blog on quick routes to live-streaming.
• The Centre for the Study of Media + Culture in Small Nations blog on making social-distancing live theatre + performance during the COVID-19 lockdown.
• The Space’s guide to live streaming for the arts by Jason Crouch — lo-fi and low cost options.
• The Theatre Artists Fund is for theatre professionals who are in need of urgent + critical financial support (latest round closed 13 Jan).
• UK Theatre + SOLT’s Theatre Support Information — advice/info about how + where you can access support from leading theatrical charities.
• Unlimited’s list of resources + information for disabled freelancers + artists also includes an opportunities section).
• Unlimited’s contingencies for COVID-19 page — info for supporting disabled artists + freelancers.
• Working Class Artist Group’s Opportunities Thread at @WCArtistGroup — funds + bursaries accepting applications (started 30 April, some deadlines may have passed).
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