Resources & Artist Spotlights

Explore below useful information covering a range of support for artists across art-forms including our calendar of external event and opportunities, information on funding bodies, networks, other creative organisations and much more – we do hope it’s a useful starting point and please do contact us via if you have resources to add.

You can also find out about the artists we work with. Our regular Artist Spotlights discuss artists creative practices, inspirations and share some practical career advice.



Not all activities listed are free, click on the link for more info.

If you spot something of interest to fellow creatives or have an opportunity you’d like us to add, drop us an email.

JAN 2024

Northern Heart Doc Fund                                                           
Deadline Fri 5 Jan, 12midnight
Support 3  emerging documentary filmmakers based in the North West of England who have an idea for a short doc on the theme of working class. £1000 cash grant, mentorship, post production, access to industry and a platform to display their work.

Post production trainee skills
Deadline Mon 8 Jan, 17:00
A hands-on experience designed to build skills and find next generation of talent for the Post Production Sector from Screen Manchester and globally renowned Post Production House, Picture Shop.

SICK! Productions: Artist Call Out
Deadline Sun 21 Jan
SICK! are looking for exciting and diverse artists with lived experience of mental health to deliver creative workshops and/or facilitated conversations to participants referred to us through various mental health services in the community and wider city.

Scarborough Museum and Galleries + Crescent Arts: Northern Expressions Call Out
Deadline: Wed 24 Jan
A creative development programme for emerging artists who have not studied art at university and live in Yorkshire and the Humber.

A gentle introduction to trauma sensitive theatre & performance making
Online event: Wed 24 Jan, 12noon
A free one hour workshop for everyone who believes theatre and performance making needs to be more accessible, and more supportive of everyone’s wellbeing and is curious to learn about how being trauma sensitive supports that.

Associate Artist: Youth and Communities – Interplay Theatre
Deadline: Mon 29 Jan
Interplay Theatre are looking for an Associate Artist to work closely with the Artistic Director to deliver an innovative programme of creative activities for young people, with an emphasis on co-creation. The post holder will lead on the delivery of activities supported by freelance artists and be public facing.

Play the part! Hawkseed workshop for actors
Sat 27 Jan, 10:30 – 13:30
Join Hawkseed Theatre for a  3 hours  masterclass in Acting that will use duologues and practical exercises to ground your acting in the present. By the end of this workshop your scenes will feel alive and responsive – vital to get you audition ready!

Whickers Film & TV Funding Award
Deadline Wed 31 Jan, 23:59

Main award worth £100,000 and a runner-up contribution of £20,000o for an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary which fulfils The Whickers’ core criteria or style.

BBC Comedy Collective Bursary
Deadline Wed 31 Jan, 23:59
A bursary scheme offering 10 places to up-and-coming writers, producers, directors and editors who’d like to develop their careers in scripted comedy. Includes paid shadowing on a BBC Comedy production, along with an allocated production mentor, plus a £5k development grant to put towards new material or to further support the individuals development.

Z-arts seed funding + Artists Open evenings
In person: Wed 31 Jan, 17:00 / Online: Thu 1 Feb, 17:00
Z-arts are looking for artists who are making/want to make work for children and families in Greater Manchester. As part of the Seed Funding, Z-arts will be hosting two ‘Artist Open Evening’ events to meet artists, understand their wants and needs, give a bit more information/answer any questions about the fund and support their application creation.

FEB 2024

Sheffield Doc Fest submissions
Deadline Fri 9 Feb
Sheffield Doc Fest welcome documentary films of all lengths and from all around the world, that wish to be considered for premiering as part of their 2024 official selection.

Factory Sounds 2024 Call out
Deadline Mon 12 Feb
Support of up to £1,000 for anyone based in Greater Manchester who’s creating something in music, whether as professional or amateur musicians, DJs, producers and promoters, label owners and manager.

Artsadmin: Creative Support Sessions
Online support sessions: February onwards
Artsadmin offers a unique and free one-to-one support service to UK-based artists working in contemporary performance, at any stage of their career.

Bradford Producing Hub: Leeds Creative Labs
Deadline: Mon 12 Feb
This latest edition of Creative Labs, in partnership with Bradford Producing Hub, will support up to 6 artists to collaborate with 6 academics to explore themes around health and mental wellbeing.

Writer Call Out Maya Productions Ltd
Deadline: Mon 19 Feb
Maya Productions are recruiting a Writer local to South Yorkshire to create a new piece of theatre.

Theatre Practitioner Call Out Maya Productions Ltd
Deadline: Mon 19 Feb
Maya Productions are recruiting a Theatre Practitioner local to South Yorkshire for Year 2 of a 2 year creative project working in housing schemes in Sheffield for people living with long-term mental health needs.

MAR 2024

Z arts seed funding
Deadline: Sun 31 Mar
Z-arts is  looking for 2 artists who are making/want to make work for children and families in Greater Manchester. The support package include £1000 seed funding, studio space, mentoring, feedback and more.

The BFI Doc Society RAD (Research and Development) Fund
Early Development Feature Documentary Funding up to £10,000

These packs were commissioned for the Manchester Open 2022 but still remain relevant if you are looking for some advice or inspiration.

Trans Creative: MAKE Packs

Venture Arts: MAKE Pack

Fuse: MAKE Pack

Short Supply: MAKE Pack