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Call out: Both Sides Now with Fatima Al Qadiri


We’re looking for emerging female musicians, producers, visual artists and performance artists to take part in this exciting cross-artform residency led by composer, producer and conceptual artist Fatima Al Qadiri, developed in collaboration with curator and researcher Amal Khalaf.

Based at the People’s History Museum in Manchester across four days (9-12 July), you’ll collaborate to create new work inspired by the current exhibition Represent! Voices 100 Years Onwhich reflects on those who campaigned for better representation (most famously the suffragettes) and asks ‘How far have we really come in 100 years?’ 

The residency will culminate in a live showcase performance as part of ‘Radical Lates’ at the museum on Thursday 12 July.

This opportunity is aimed at musicians, producers or artists at the beginning of their career who are looking to develop their creative practice – and would benefit from working alongside experienced and established artists.

“The works of the greatest artists in contemporary times are effectively large-scale collaborative works. Glance at the credits of any major album, solo exhibition or film and you’ll see that timelessness is seldom a solo pursuit. The objective of this residency is to work together with artists to leave the self behind and be open to the possibilities that occur when working collaboratively.” – Fatima Al Qadiri

To apply you must be:

  • 18+
  • Female, or identify as female (we use an inclusive definition of ‘women’ and ‘female’, welcoming participants who may identify as non-binary, cis-gendered, or trans)
  • Based in Greater Manchester and surrounding area 
  • Available between 9-12 July

Deadline: Monday 25 June, midnight

Notification for successful applicants: Friday 29 June 

Successful participants will receive £20 per day to help towards the cost of travel and food.

For more information contact Lucy Scott at / 0161 830 3899

This residency is part of Both Sides Now – our initiative to support, inspire and showcase women in music across the North of England.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the application in a different format or have difficulty completing your application online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.


About Fatima Al Qadiri 

Fatima Al Qadiri is a Kuwaiti music producer and artist. She has released music as a solo artist on Hyperdub, UNO NYC and Fade to Mind, and as a member of Future Brown on Warp. She is also a member of the collective GCC, whose work has been shown at MoMA PS1, Berlin Biennale and Sharjah Art Foundation. Her writing has appeared in Bidoun, Frieze and DIS. 

About Amal Khalaf

Amal Khalaf is a curator and researcher currently Projects Curator at the Serpentine Galleries, London where she has been working on the Edgware Road Project since its inception in 2009. Here and in other contexts she has commissioned and developed residencies, exhibitions, workshops and collaborative research projects at the intersection of art and the commons. She is a founding member of artist collective GCC, the Commissioning Editor of Projects for Ibraaz, as well as a trustee for the Crossway Foundation and not/ In 2016 she co-directed the 10th edition of the Global Art Forum, Art Dubai.

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Artistic Directors Series #008: ESKA


Brighter Sound is delighted to announce an artistic residency with Mercury Prize-nominated singer and multi-instrumentalist ESKA.

Brighter Sound is looking for 15 talented emerging musicians, dancers, filmmakers, photographers, actors, performers and visual artists who embrace creativity and invention to take part in a four-day residency with ESKA from Thursday 25 May to Sunday 28 May inclusive.

The residency will be entitled, “Are You Here?”, and participants will collaborate with ESKA to create and record new music, performance and visuals that will be showcased at Manchester’s iconic music venue Band on the Wall on 28 May.

Zimbabwe-born, London-raised singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist ESKA will lead a four-day residency for 15 emerging musicians, performers and visual artists from across the UK.

ESKA defies categorisation, blending soul, folk-pop, jazz, electronica and blues. Her twenty-year career has taken her around the world, collaborating with artists including Grace Jones, UNKLE and Tony Allen. In 2015, ESKA released her self-titled debut album to rave reviews, earning a Mercury Prize nomination

We asked ESKA to describe what excited her about this opportunity:

“For us, art is not an end in itself … but it is an opportunity for the true perception and criticism of the times we live in.” – Hugo Ball, founder of DADA, 1916.

This is art’s ‘call to arms’! The barometer of success of this process will be how we are able to challenge ourselves and our audience to think…and think again about the current times we are living in. Working across various art forms, I hope this will also be an opportunity for collaboration, to get a different perspective on the role and function of our art, to challenge notions of performance and the role of the audience in response to our creations. If you, like me, are struggling to grasp what’s going on in the world, here is a chance to make a response to that. Excited? So am I.” – ESKA

“It’s the sort of opportunity that money can’t buy… that can give someone the boost they need for stepping on into the next generation of British music” – Bethan Morgan-Williams, previous residency participant.

Application Information

Dates: Thurs 25 – Sun 28 May

Showcase: Sun 28 May, 8pm

Applicants must be:

  • aged over 18
  • from or based in the UK
  • available to attend all session dates in person

This opportunity is open to any emerging musician, dancer, photographer, filmmaker, graffiti artist, fine artist, visual artist who embraces creativity and invention. You do not need to hold a qualification or a degree as selection will be based on your experience, quality of musicianship / work and the potential for this opportunity to impact on your career.

We anticipate a group of up to 10 musicians and 5 artists from other disciplines.


Successful applicants will be notified no later than Fri 28 Apr. 

Apply for Artistic Directors Series #008 with ESKA

You can download the application questions so that you can prepare your answers, but applications must be submitted online.*

Book tickets for the showcase

*We are committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the application in a different format or have difficulty completing your application online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.


Each participant will receive:

  • 1 x return rail fare to (or fuel expenses) to Manchester from your home location (if necessary), arriving on Thurs 25 May, departing on Mon 29 May, or after final performance on Sun 28 May if preferred.
  • Accommodation in Manchester (if required) for four nights. Arrive Thurs 25 May – depart Mon 29 May.
  • £20 per diems each day 
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