Artists’ Opportunities

On this page can be found different opportunities, current and past, able to benefit individuals and artists including opened funding opportunities and activities that are happening in the community.

Links below should take you directly to official websites and other relevant portals where you can apply and get from more information.


Artist Residency – Refugee Week 2017. Paid opportunity to showcase your own work.

We invite applications from artists and creative practitioners working in any art form for a Refugee Week project. We particularly welcome applications from those with specific refugee or asylum seeker experience, be it as a personal experience or having worked with the refugee community.


About Refugee Week 

 Refugee Week takes place every year across the world in the week around World Refugee Day on 20 June. In the UK, Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourage a better understanding between communities.

Refugee Week started in 1998 as a direct reaction to hostility in the media and society in general towards refugees and asylum seekers. An established part of the UK’s cultural calendar, Refugee Week is now one of the leading national initiatives working to counter this negative climate, defending the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities. This year Refugee Week runs from 19 to 25 June. (


About Us & Our Project

 Our mission is to share the stories of refugees, focusing on communities within Manchester; to celebrate our shared futures and explore the paths that brought us here. Our key theme is ‘Home is…’, using the notion of home as a framework to make the topic of migration more accessible and to explore the complexity of the issues surrounding refugees and asylum seekers. We are running a week long exhibition and a series of events at Z-arts focussing on these themes. The main event, on 23rd June is the Refugee Week Cultural Festival, an event co-produced with Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN). This event will be where you showcase your work. The aims of the Cultural Festival are to:

  •  Bring together the different communities involved with MRSN, Z-arts, and the University of Manchester
  • Raise awareness of the cultural contribution of the refugee community to Manchester through showcasing the culture, talents, and skills of the local refugee community
  • Promote and raise awareness of the work of MRSN and other refugee organisations in Manchester, and encourage people to get involved or volunteer with them
  • Promote a positive image of refugees
  • Create a light-hearted celebratory atmosphere where members of the community come together to share and celebrate the different cultures and identities that form part of the refugee community in Manchester and the Manchester community as a whole
  • Promote the idea that refugees in Manchester are part of the wider community and to promote inclusion, whilst acknowledging their individual backgrounds, experiences, histories, and cultures
  • Create greater feelings of integration and inclusion amongst refugee communities in Manchester


About the Residency

This is a sprint residency where you will be asked to create a piece of art in a short period of time. There are spots available, which will run simultaneously. The residency will begin on the 19th of June with attendance at the launch event for the exhibition, and will run through 23rd June when the work produced will be presented at the Refugee Week Cultural Festival. The work can either be developed individually or in collaboration with the other sprint resident.


Residency holders will each receive:

  • £300 (this fee covers expenses)
  • Workspace in the Z-arts atrium, an open space which can be viewed by the public (
  • Support from the exhibition and event programme team
  • Access to information from MRSN
  • The opportunity to collaborate with another artist



  • You must be over 18
  • Performances and rehearsals will be recorded and used by us and MRSN for marketing and archival purposes. If you are not comfortable with this then please specify in your application
  • You must be available for the dates specified and willing to take part in interviews for marketing purposes.
  • You should also be sensitive to the challenges and issues that the refugee community faces.
  • Please be aware that the workspace we are offering in Z-arts is an open space which can be viewed from the main entrance by all visitors to the venue. If you would like to make use this of space to develop your work you must be comfortable with working in this open environment.Please send questions and applications to: candidates will be notified by 31 May

    The residency will run from 19 to 23 June



  • travel-grants1-125x125STEP Beyond Travel Grant funds emerging artists and cultural workers

STEP Beyond Travel grants fund up-and-coming artists and cultural workers to travel between EU and countries bordering the EU.

Since 2003, STEP  – which stands for ‘Supporting Travel for European Partnerships’ – Beyond Travel Grants have supported the movement of hundreds of people across European borders. In 2011, it awarded 261 individual travel grants of between €250 and €700.

Candidates must apply at least one month before the planned travel.

For more information, visit STEP Beyong.

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