Callout For Artists & Creatives Aged 16-30

26th September – Democratising Creativity and Culture

 ~ Callout from producers Aksana Khan, Diandra McCalla and Paige Jackson ~

 We’re looking for submissions from young artists/creatives across the West Midlands who wish to share their art and or creative practice as part of the West Midlands Weekender, on Saturday 26th September 2020.

The theme of this festival is “Democratising Creativity & Culture”.

That’s a bit of a mouthful, right?

We’re three local producers who want to see how you explore and interpret this theme through your own arts, culture and heritage.

So what are we looking for?

  • Putting the incredible range of talent in the West Midlands centre-stage. We’re not focused on shiny buildings and big-names.
  • Original work* which is pre-recorded or can be presented live on the live-streamed festival online.
  • Submissions can be anything from dance, spoken word, theatre, gardening, graffitiing, arts and crafts and everything else we’ve not mentioned. If you think there’s something missing from this list, let us know!

As producers, we want to honour your lived experiences and are dedicated to giving you, young artists/creatives in the West Midlands, an opportunity to share your creativity and be paid. Successful submissions will receive the following bursaries:

  • £100 for selected artists/creatives who have footage of their work all ready-to-go.
  • £300 for selected artists/creatives to create a new commissioned piece of work. We’re not expecting polished and completed works by any means, but we hope to programme commissioned pieces which really challenge the viewers and that interprets the festival theme of Democratising Creativity and Culture in thought-provoking ways.

If you’re someone who is unsure about submitting work because of concerns relating to Universal Credit, please let us know. We do not want to create barriers for you getting your dues. We are happy to have further conversations about this if your work is selected.

West Midlands arts organisations and companies are also welcome to submit an expression of interest for work that fits our criteria, however we would encourage commissioning young creatives/artists directly or demonstrating an ongoing supportive relationship.

If your work does not get selected to be part of the festival we are keen to ensure that we are signposting festival audiences to see your works on your own platforms.

Please submit your expressions of interest via this Google Form: by SUNDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2020.

For any queries please contact Diandra at These will be picked up after Monday 24th August, thank you for your patience.

*By “original” we mean that you must not use images, footage, music or any other assets in your submitted work that you do not have the license rights to or ownership of.