things to watch · artist opportunities, advice, support
Updated 12 February 2024


Our Performance Programme begins on 22 March with Turn 2024’s whirlwind night of new North West dance at Company Chameleon Studios; followed by a WTF on 27 April with ELOINA’s riotous rebellion against labia-shaming and cosmetic labia surgery in HIGH STEAKS at The Lowry; further events TBA…
• Take a look at what happened last year in our image galleries for September 2023’s Emergency, July’s Haphazard, May’s Works Ahead, and March’s Turn.
• Find work to watch by reading our latest Weekly Warning, a regular signpost to performance live and online in Manchester + beyond: sign-up here.
• Visit our YouTube channel to watch archived livestreams and more.
• Have a look at HOME SCREEN, Lowry Digital, Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage, Unity Online.
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Essentially industry-facing, hÅb advises and supports artists and freelancers in our sector where we can — signposting help and opportunities below.
• Please note: Turn 2024’s Proposal Deadline was Friday 2 February at 5pm.
• Join hÅb’s artist mailing list, the Emergencymcr Google Group.
• Other mailing lists that you (as an artist) may find useful to join include: Arts Jobs & Arts News from Arts Council England · Live Art UK · LIVEART from JISCmail · SCUDD (Standing Conference of University Drama Departments) from JISCmail.
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hÅb offers free 30-minute Advice Sessions via Zoom on Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays) with Tamsin Drury, our Director:
 — our specialism is Live Art and contemporary performance, including dance & theatre, though all-comers are welcome;
 — if you’re an artist wanting to discuss creative ideas, funding, opportunities, or just need a chat, please book an Advice Session here.
hÅb also offers guidance on two Arts Council England funding schemes (DYCP & NLPG) via recordings on our YouTube channel:
 — watch August 2022’s in-depth look at Developing Your Creative Practice with Tamsin & guests; see the GMAH DYCP guidance page;
 — watch November 2023’s initial analysis of updated National Lottery Project Grants by Tamsin; see the GMAH NLPG guidance page.
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• Arts Council England’s Developing Your Creative Practice Round 20 opens 14 March 2024, Noon.
• Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants are available, with new guidance AND new forms since 1 November 2023.
• Arts Council England host information webinars for DYCP & NLPG applicants — find dates and book on the ACE North eventbrite page.
• Arts Marketing Association’s Community Support Facebook Group — for arts, culture, and heritage professionals with marketing and communication responsibilities to engage audiences with cultural organisations.
• Factory International’s Artists & Freelance Creatives’ facebook group facebook group.
Freelancers Make Theatre Work has comprehensive guides to financial support, advice, and resources.
• Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s mental health services for people affected by social restrictions.
• Money Saving Expert — Martin Lewis & his team’s information is regularly updated.
• The Space’s guide to live streaming for the arts by Jason Crouch — lo-fi and low cost options.
• UK Theatre & SOLT’s Theatre Support Information — advice/info about how and where you can access support from leading theatrical charities.
• Unlimited’s blog includes opportunities and resources for disabled artists and freelancers.
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