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For the ELEVATE open call for underrepresented artists please scroll down

ELEVATE, is an artist residency and community engagement project that aims to elevate and celebrate the creative voices, ideas and talents of underrepresented people in our community. ELEVATE is working in partnership with Voice of BME Trafford and is funded by Arts Council England.

Venessa Scott is our artist in residence, she is a local and prolific artist who makes public work that are inspired by people and their stories, her work is always colourful, bold & fun! Venessa has moved into our artist studios and will be making new artistic commissions and delivering creative workshops with people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, who’s artworks will be featured in a public exhibition at the hall in July 2021.

Venessa said “I’m so excited to do an artist residency, I’ve never done one before and it’s such a great opportunity to take time to create new things and develop my artistic practice, something artists don’t often get the time to do”.

ELEVATE is a direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement, we identified that we must do more to embed diversity in our creative offer and in an authentic and responsive way by supporting people from diverse backgrounds to influence artistic decision-making and use creativity as a platform for change.

Take a look at Venessa’s website: www.venessascott.co.uk
Twitter @ELEVATE_artsmcr
Instagram @elevate_artsmcr
For more information, get in touch with Jessica, Project manager on [email protected]


The ELEVATE open call for underrepresented artists.

We are inviting artists from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds who live in any of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs to submit a creative idea for a visual artwork that responds to the theme of PATTERNS.

Two artists will be selected by our panel and awarded £200 each to create their artwork, the artwork will be featured in an exhibition alongside the new work created by prolific public artist, Venessa Scott. The exhibition will take place at Streford Public Hall in Stretford, Trafford.

This open call is part of ELEVATE, which is an artist residency & community project based at Stretford Public Hall that aims to elevate and celebrate the creativity of underrepresented people.

Selection panel:

- Venessa Scott, Public Artist and creative educator / www.venessascott.co.uk

- Shirley May, Director of Young Identity / www.youngidentity.org

- Dan Williamson, Senior Producer at Art Reach (Journeys Festival International) / www.journeysfestival.com 

- Kate McGeevor, Stretford Public Hall manager / www.stretfordpublichall.org.uk


Accepted artforms:
Print media, illustration, photography, film, digital artwork, sculpture*, mixed media, poetry (work exhibited as a print), dance (work exhibited as a film), song (work exhibited as lyrics with audio)

*scale of the artwork must be no bigger than L1m x W85cm x H60cm unless you are able to drop it off and pick it up from Stretford Public Hall.

Award £200 (inclusive of all costs, successful applicants will be paid £50 upfront and £150 after completion of work).

Deadline for creative idea: Monday 7th June 2021 at 5pm
Outcome, you will be notified: Friday 18th June 2021
Deadline for final artwork: 9th July 2021

To apply, you will:
- Be from a Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority background
- Live in Greater Manchester
- Be any age (18+)
- Identify as an Artist (you do not need to be working as an artist)
- Submit an idea in one of the following art forms stated above

Please note: If you know an artist whose native language is not English, but you are able to support them in submitting their idea please get in touch on their behalf. You can email [email protected] with any questions.

You can apply here by completing  Google form here


downloading the word document here and emailing it to [email protected] Also see pdf here. 


PDF of flyer here 













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