street arts


MIF Creative 50

Creative50 is a great new opportunity for emerging writers, bloggers, artists, musicians, performers, gamers (anyone creative!) to join the Manchester International Festival to experiment, explore and play with new digital technology.
We’re offering 50 creative individuals a £400 bursary, training and exclusive access to the Festival this Summer and the opportunity is open to everyone aged over 18 and living in Greater Manchester.
More info can be found here…   and the deadline for applications is 3rd May.
There are lots of other ways to get involved in this year’s Festival – from volunteering to skills development and opportunities to be part of MIF shows – all of which can be found at


Funding for Innovation in the Circus Arts

The National Centre for Circus Arts has announced that the Lab:time programme has re-opened for applications. Lab:time is the Centre for Circus Arts programme for innovation and experimentation in the Circus Arts and is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Through Lab:time individual artists and companies are able to secure research and development time in the Creation Studio at the National Centre for Circus Arts, as well as small but significant amounts of seed funding to support the first stages of exploration. It is hoped that by offering artists the means to explore their ideas at the very beginning of the creative process critical mass of creative development will be generated that will, over time, generate an increase in the quality and quantity of new circus-based performance across the UK.

The deadline for applications will be 5pm on the 16th March 2017. Read more at:

Source: ADUK

Arts, Community Arts

Lightwaves 2015

We are delighted to announce that we are stepping up our game here at the Quays for this winter’s LIGHTWAVES 2015 digital light celebration. Three large-scale artworks will be illuminating the future city of the Quays/MediaCityUK from the 12th to 27th December every day (except Christmas Day) between 4:30 and 10:30pm.

Introducing the artworks:
CATHEDRAL OF MIRRORS is our new international commission on the Lowry Plaza – by Danish USA-based artist Mads Christensen. This interactive lightwork of towering pillars and beauty glows brighter as more people gather into its centre. This follows on from the success of the Aeolian Light sculpture last year, finalist of the international Lumen Prize. Presented in partnership with the University of Salford.

AMAZE by Icelandic artist Marcos Zotes sees a large, futuristic, architectural maze constructed on the Piazza of MediaCityUK. The public can wander through this projected and physical maze as the light and colours continuously change in this immersive experience.

INTRUDE by Australian artist Amanda Parer is an acclaimed work of five enormous illuminated rabbits that have hopped their way around global cities. These charming and intriguing inflated sculptures will delight and charm audiences.

LIGHTWAVES is free to the public and a growing part of the festive attractions in Greater Manchester. The engaging and inspiring art we present here has become an established part of the Quays experience.

The Quays/MediaCityUK – work, retail, leisure, culture and sporting in one location.

Source: Quays Culture

Vacancies & Opportunities

Open call for artists & makers – new Makers Market, Blackburn

Monthly Makers Market in Blackburn – Summer 2015

Hopeful & Glorious is working with Blackburn Business Improvement District to introduce an outdoor monthly makers market as part of a new Town Hall Street Fair in Blackburn. We are helping set up an exciting makers event for the town and will be involved from June –September 2015. Alongside the Fair will be street entertainment and other activities.

As with all our fairs, the makers will be selected to retain a high standard and variety.
The intention is to start with a small number of stalls and grow this organically as a sustainable model. The stalls will be located along the street in a series of covered stalls. Each artist will have their own stall with counter area of approx 10ft.

Who can apply

We accept applications from makers of all types of art and craft and from all over the north. We will consider makers, designers, artists, print-makers and photographers who meet our standards of selection. All work should be made or designed by you.

While the event is growing the stalls fees will be low, just £25.00 for a covered stall for one market or £40.00 if you are applying for two consecutive markets.
The dates of the monthly makers markets are:
•    Saturday 20th June 10-4pm
•    Saturday 18th July 10-4pm
•    Saturday 15th August 10-4pm
•    Saturday 12th September 10-4pm

Details of the application process and information on each opportunity are given below. Artists may apply for stands at one or more of the markets –there is a fee reduction for artists applying for more than one of the Blackburn Makers Markets.
Hopeful & Glorious will start shortlisting artists for these events will start immediately June so we advise interested artists to apply as soon as possible.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying for a covered stall please see our website for information and online application or email to request an application pack