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Trooping the Corgi's





Altrincham to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with ‘Trooping the Corgis’ Art Event

As part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebrations, Altrincham BID is working with Inch Arts to produce Altrincham’s largest town-wide art event, ‘Trooping the Corgis’.

The parading troop of fifty life-sized corgi sculptures will be on guard throughout June and will be displayed in the windows and foyers of shops and businesses around the town making the exhibition accessible to everyone.

Mandy White, Altrincham’s BID Manager explained, “We’re incredibly excited to be working with Inch Arts on this project. This is a unique opportunity for Altrincham and there has already been a lot of interest from the business community who are keen to get involved with this ambitious project.”

Jo Cushing, CEO Inch Arts explained, “Altrincham Corgis will be creatively designed and decorated by twenty-five specially selected inspirational artists. A further twenty-five will be decorated by Altrincham’s valuable community groups and wonderful local schools, working alongside an artist, to inspire creativity and inclusivity in our amazing town”.

After the exhibition the Corgis will be auctioned to support fundraising for Inch Arts, a well-established and important Altrincham-based arts charity set up 12 years ago to promote and support positive mental health and wellbeing through creativity, as well as encouraging people to develop artistic skills.

Inch Arts will be coordinating an Open Call inviting artists to submit their designs.  If you are an Altrincham town centre business, community group or school and would like more information about how you can get involved with the project please email:


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Open Call: Humour




AIR Gallery are seeking artworks relating to the theme of humour and joy. With everything that has happened and is currently happening  in the world; we want to shift the focus to something positive.

We are seeking works that can be (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Joyfulness and Happiness
  • Laughter 
  • Comedy and Humorous outlooks
  • Physical and Slapstick humour
  • Improvisation
  • Surreal humour
  • Topical humour
  • Dark Humour, Irony, Wit and Satire

​Artists can enter up to three works for consideration. There is no limit on medium and no cost to take part.

​All works must be complete and ready to show for May. Deadline is 17th April midnight GMT.  


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Call out: Dreaming with Machines





Are you interested in algorithmic technologies, music production and sampling within your music? 

Join Manchester sound artist Vicky Clarke for four days of making music with machine learning to create a series of audiovisual dreamscapes ready for transmission on the internet.

Machine learning is a branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI), where neural networks detect patterns in sets of data and use them to make predictions. As an emerging field in music making, sonic AI has great potential for how we compose, generate material and collaborate with machines. 

Open to people of marginalised genders aged 18-30*, on this project you’ll get the opportunity to explore a range of accessible tools to generate sound, text and images using a variety of open source training models. 

Together you’ll look at the work of groundbreaking artists and technologists working in the field and consider artistic, ethical and conceptual issues around bias, autonomy and creativity. 

There is no need to be able to code, the project is aimed at beginners! 

Dates and Location

5, 6, 9 and 10 May 2022
9.30am – 4.30pm
SeeSaw, Manchester, M1 6NG

We can cover travel costs for those who need it, plus a £25 daily allowance.

What’s Involved

On this project you will:

Learn about machine learning (a branch of AI) and how it can be used creatively for music making

Gain practical skills using a range of accessible tools and interfaces covering sound, text and image generation

Discuss our relationship to these emerging creative technologies and consider issues of bias, ethics and artistic autonomy

Create artworks; a series of dreamscapes and human-machine collaborations to share online


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Call out: Manchester Experimental Orchestra






We’re looking for musicians aged 14-18 to take part in a project that explores the musical identity of Manchester.

Over two weekends in May and July you’ll make new music together that responds to the question:

What does Manchester sound like to you?

If you live and breathe this city and want to represent its musical identity, the Manchester Experimental Orchestra is perfect for you.

And don’t worry, it’s not that type of orchestra. 

We’re looking for musicians who play any instrument or genre of music. You could be a gospel singer, a producer, a guitarist, a rapper, a spoken word artist, a drummer, a violist or anything else!

To take part you just need to be:

A musician playing any instrument or genre of music

From or living in Manchester (with an M postcode)

Aged 14-18

Available for all the project dates below

Project dates

You’ll need to attend:

One weekend of making music and improvising on 7-8 May (10am-4pm) at The Bridgewater Hall

Two online Zoom workshops on 24th of May (6pm to 8pm) and 14th of June (6pm to 8pm)

One weekend rehearsing on 16-17 July (10am-4pm) at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

An evening performance on 17 July (5-8pm) at the RNCM

The team

The kind of music you create will be entirely up to you, with guidance from:

DJ Balraj Samrai

Composer Steve Berry

Producer and vocalist Pops Roberts

Jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen

Oud player Rihab Azar

The project has been planned and developed with a team of young leaders who are also taking part as musicians. And you’ll also be supported by other artists including percussionists, gospel singers, violinists, ghaychak players and rappers!



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Call out: Surround Sound with Fulu Miziki Kolektiv





Musicians from across the North of England – discover new ways to make music with eco-friendly, afrofuturist punks Fulu Miziki Kolektiv.

Explore the sound and aesthetic of afrofuturism and DIY music, and how musicians can rebuild and re-purpose their surroundings to create new music.

Across five days in May you’ll work with Fulu Miziki Kolektiv to:

Collaborate and create new music with other musicians

Experiment with rhythm and arrangement, moving between rehearsal space and recording studios to develop and record ideas

Learn about Fulu Miziki Kolektiv’s unique relationship between live performance and ‘in-the-box’ production

Use found materials to create music

Discover new techniques, recording ideas and song arrangements in the studio

This project is open to people who are:

Aged 18+

Based in the North of England

Producers, singers, rappers or instrumentalists from any background, discipline or genre. You’ll have a strong track record of writing, producing and performing, and a growing online presence

Available for all the project dates below

Project Dates

Monday 16-Friday 20 May (10am-6pm) at District and GoPlay Studio in Liverpool.

We can cover travel and accommodation costs for those who need it, plus a £25 daily allowance.


About Fulu Miziki Kolektiv

Fulu Miziki Kolektiv is an Eco-Friendly-Afro-futuristic-Punk-Assemble collective of artists who come straight from a future where humans have reconciled with mother earth and with themselves. This multidisciplinary collective of artists are based in the heart of Africa, in the Congolese capital city Kinshasa. For several years now, its members have conceptualised an orchestra made from objects found in the trash, constantly changing instruments, always in search of new sounds.Making their own instruments, performance costumes, and masks is essential to the approach of the collective’s core musical ideology. Their unique sound supports a pan-African message of artistic liberation, peace and a severe look at the ecological situation of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the whole world. For Fulu everything can be recovered and re-enchanted.




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SHINE Emerging Artist Programme 2022



Light Up the North (LUTN) is a network of 5 light festivals across the north of England. In 2022, four of the festivals are joining together to award funding to emerging artists working with light, to produce and exhibit new commissions at their 2022 light festivals.

The SHINE programme aims to nurture and develop new talent, giving artists the opportunity to exhibit or perform new work at four of the LUTN festivals (Light Night Leeds, Light Up Lancaster, Lightwaves at Salford Quays and Lightpool in Blackpool). Up to two artists or collectives will be awarded substantial commissions of up to £10K to realise ambitious new artworks. Some basics - the artwork(s) will need to:

Be suitable for outdoor winter light festivals

Be artistically challenging/interesting and of high quality

Be structurally resilient enough to withstand the winter weather at multiple festivals

(October - December) and transportation across our festival network For 2022, the successful commissions will also need to:

Focus on environmental sustainability in their design and embody best practice in their delivery

Be of mid/large scale – we are encouraging ambitious proposals

Be created for audiences to enjoy/experience even should social distancing

restrictions be in operation

As well as financial support, each artist will also receive a full induction to the programme, as well as training and mentoring from across the LUTN partnership. We will work directly with commissioned artists to support their development, with guidance in areas such as marketing, finance, production, risk assessments and fundraising. This will all be delivered safely following any relevant government pandemic guidelines current at the time.

To be eligible to apply to the SHINE programme you must be a UK-based artist who is perceived as an emerging talent (regardless of age) with the ability to achieve their ideas to a high quality. Please read the full information and FAQs before submitting your application via

The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Monday April 4 2022

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What can you create?

We are specifically looking for artists with bold, fresh ideas that may also have the potential as light artworks to be enjoyed as a ‘roaming’ or ‘multi-site’ experience for
audiences. Proposals must be for work of a contemporary nature, possibly utilising digital

technology, where the creative use of light is the basis for the idea. The artwork needs to be weather-proof, able to withstand strong winds, be structurally sound (if applicable) and be suitable for presenting outdoors at our locations and timescales. We are, naturally, interested in work which, if necessary, cold cater for large socially distanced audiences, and activities or events which are accessible to families.

The LUTN festivals where you will be exhibiting:

Light Night Leeds (Leeds) –
Lightpool (Blackpool) - Light Up Lancaster (Lancaster) -
Lightwaves (Quays Culture at Salford Quays) –

The festival programmes vary and their themes for 2022 are quite broad and you will not be expected to specifically address them. For example, Light Night Leeds has a wrap around theme of ‘Play’ while Light Up Lancaster’s ‘Turning Points’ simply invites artists to reflect those times in life – personal, social, scientific & environmental – when things could go one way or another.

NB Each festival will provide standard infrastructure support for your arriving artwork, however all artists fees and artwork production costs must be factored into your commission award.

How we assess your application

A panel of LUTN partners involved with curating SHINE 2022 will assess all applications. We aim to ensure the selected commission(s) will be high-quality work and afford the best experience for artists, audience members and locations. They will assess the applications based on 4 areas:

Artistic quality – the strength & quality of the idea and the artist’s previous work.

Public experience- who it is aimed at and how will the public engage with it?

Financial viability – can all elements of the activity be delivered effectively within


Project management - can the piece be created within the time available? Is the

work durable enough for the festival dates? What materials are you using when considering the environmental impact and outdoor display?

When will you find out?

The deadline for submissions is Monday April 4 2022. We will shortlist and arrange interviews with artists where applicable in the 2 weeks following, with a provisional interview dates during w/c Monday April 18 2022.

Things to consider when completing your application:

Be clear about your project aims and the artistic idea behind the work. How can you demonstrate quality through examples of your previous work?

Be specific about who your work is aimed at. Can the public engage with your work in an interesting way while social distancing? What do you want the audience to get out of your work, and what impact will it have?

Demonstrate how your project can be realised for the budget available. If you require match or additional finance for your project let us know which funding schemes or sponsorship you plan to apply for. (Please bear in mind that the festivals are partly funded through Arts Council England and you therefore may not be eligible for additional funding through any of their schemes.)

Give a clear indication of how your project will be managed from start to finish including the type of location(s) you would like to use and how work will be delivered on the night.

N.B. Each festival is currently in the planning phase for their 2023 events so we are also interested to hear about exciting, distinctive proposals from light artists that are likely to require a longer development period or might exceed the available budget for SHINE 2022. Should your proposal fall into this category contact us via the Light Up The North network at:


Our festival activities generally take place in the evenings, for the dates/periods listed below. You must produce an artwork that can exhibit for this period of time and tour to all 4 of the commissioning light festivals. You will also need to consider your install / de-rig schedule.

Leeds: 13 – 14 October for Light Night Leeds
Blackpool: 14-29 October, with an Art Trail commencing Monday 17, for Lightpool Lancaster: 4 - 5 Nov for Light Up Lancaster

Salford: 2 – 11 December for Lightwaves

Note: There is a close proximity in dates for the Leeds and Blackpool light festivals. As such, Blackpool has agreed to flexibility in dates for presenting the SHINE commission(s) there.


The SHINE commission will include all artist fees and materials. If needed, you can apply for match funding from other sources, but ensure you have planned and prepared to do
this. Funding will be given to artists based on the quality of their idea and will need to include all technical, installation, operational and material costs, although reasonable travel and transportation costs will be considered separately . Accommodation can be provided by the host festivals if required. Other costs such as meals and general overheads must be factored into the commission.

Terms and conditions.

By applying to be a SHINE artist you agree:

Your project/activity will be ready for exhibition at all four 2022 festivals

Your work is deliverable within the timescale of the programme and will be delivered

on budget.

To attend an initial induction, production meetings and site visits where reasonably


You must have relevant Public Liability Insurance for your activity, to a minimum £5

million cover.

To supply, in advance, copy and images for marketing purposes as and when


To provide evaluation feedback on completion of the commissioning fund, in line

with the framework provided


We can offer successful applicants:

Production advice and practical support, including technical and producing support

Training and mentoring

On-site production support including security, event staff and volunteer stewards

Profiling through festival PR and marketing campaigns

Key Project Dates:
Monday April 4 - Deadline for submissions
w/c Monday April 18 - Interviews for shortlisted artist(s)
w/c Monday May 9 – SHINE induction day – potentially via Zoom June – September - Development period for commission(s)
13– 14 October - Light Night Leeds, Leeds
14 - 29 October – Lightpool, Blackpool
4 – 5 November - Light Up Lancaster
2 - 11 December - Lightwaves, Salford Quays
Dec 2022/Jan 2023 – Evaluation

NB: SHINE commission(s) are subject to each festival receiving Arts Council England funding

Prize summary: 
Commissions of up to £10K to realise ambitious new artworks.
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As well as financial support, each artist will also receive a full induction to the programme, as well as training and mentoring from across the LUTN partnership. We will work directly with commissioned artists to support their development, with guidance in areas such as marketing, finance, production, risk assessments and fundraising. This will all be delivered safely following any relevant government pandemic guidelines current at the time.


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