In July 2021, SICK! Festival has a Micro-commissioning fund of £6000 for 1-3 projects by  early career artists in Greater Manchester and the North West.


We are seeking commissions that explore the most challenging and important issues that face communities today. We are seeking projects that look to the future with hope, that are rooted in trust and shared experience, that shine a light on our rights and our responsibilities, and that show us that change is possible.

We are not looking to support a new show for a traditional theatre format, a new album, a collection of poems or a series of paintings. We are not really looking for work that is just about you. We ARE looking to support projects rooted in the wider experience of people and communities in the city, that draw on substantial research or partnerships with community-based organisations, healthcare providers, charities or academic researchers. We are looking for projects that employ different forms, processes and types of engagement with audiences. We want to hear from artists whose work crosses boundaries between performance, visual art, literature, film, music and digital practices.

As well as financial support, bursaries will include creative advice sessions, support in building collaborations with community, healthcare and academic partners as well as an opportunity to present work at SICK! Festival in May 2022.

We want to work with artists from all sections of society and we welcome proposals from  people who are currently under represented in the arts including people who face discrimination as a result of racism, those who self-identify as LGBTQIA+, those from lower socio-economic backgrounds and those who self-identify as disabled.


Please send us a brief outline of your idea. You can send this in writing (1 side of A4) or in a 2-3 minute audio or video recording. Please also send us links, images, video or any other material which will give us an idea of your artistic practice. Shortlisted artists will be invited to an informal chat to discuss their ideas further.

Deadline: Monday 2nd August, 10am

Send applications to:


Oglesby Charitable Trust

Arts Council England