We now have a number of opportunities to volunteer and work with us at

Longsight Art Space.

WhatsApp: +(0)44 7377 161828

Email: info@proforma.org.uk

Current opportunities:

The Pear Project Open Call 

Application Form Here

RPG Longsight

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Project: The Pear Project

Application in this link Application Form

Please complete equal ops form here

We are excited to announce that we are commissioning four artists to create work during our exhibition The Pear Project at Longsight Art Space.  


Artists should be comfortable working in one or more of the following artforms:

- Performing Arts

- Live Visual Art

Spoken Word/Poetry/Writing

- Audio/Music/Sound

Each artist is called to respond to the story of the pear fruit and its journey across the globe to become a quintessentially English fruit (what could be more common than Apples and Pears). 


The commission is to create new work through the residency and community engagement. Artists are invited to respond to the story of the pear and investigate, explore or interrogate themes around journeying, belonging, and identity. 


The work made during the residency will be part of an exhibition 17th - 30th October and a series of performances at multiple sites.


We welcome applications from artists at any stage of their career and working in any artform but you must be over 18. We also welcome applications from:

  • Those with lived experience of migration OR who hold an identity that encompasses more than one culture

  • Artists living and/or working in Longsight and Greater Manchester

  • Artists working in live art formats (not limited to but including performance, visual, spoken word, music, film, sound and animation)

  • neurodivergent and otherly abled artists

You will need to be available for an interview and key project dates as detailed below:


End of Day 22nd August - Deadline For application

24th-25th August - Interview dates (via zoom or in person)

30th September - Successful Applicants informed


2nd or 3rd September - Attend Longsight Art Space

5th September - 14th October - Residency Period (10 days within this time)

12-14th October - One of these dates for workshops at TheWhitaker


17th - 30th October - The Pear Project Exhibition

22nd October - Performance Day at The Whitaker

29, 30th October - Performance Days at Crowcroft Park 



£1500 for 10 days

+ £500 budget artist materials

+ shared studio space at Longsight Art Space for duration of residency

+ mentorship and professional development support

Selection Panel:

Chi Emecheta (project lead artist, Director, Longsight Art Space)

Chris Bailkoski (Director, Longsight Art Space, PROFORMA)

Gaynor Seville (Creative Director, The Whitaker)

Local community partners x2 (TBC)

Application process:

Please complete the application in this link Application Form

Please complete equal ops form here

We also accept applications:

+Via email to info@proforma.org.uk 

+Via whatsapp voice notes +44(0) 7514098686 (5mins max)

+Via video wetransfer link to info@proforma.org.uk (5mins max)


Please provide the following: 


Website/Instagram/ examples of your work




Respond to following questions (300 words max)


  1. How would you work with the local community in Longsight to explore any of the following ideas

    1. journeying, identity, belonging

    2. relationship with the land, nature, growing plants

    3. sustainability, climate emergency

    4. heritage and green spaces


  1. How would this opportunity benefit your creative development?


Please state if you have any access requirements. 


Selection process:

Successful applications will be invited for interviews on 24-25th August in person or over Zoom. 


Artists will be informed if their application is successful by 29th August and will be invited to an initial 40 minute meeting at LAS to draft out residency aims, objectives and expectations.  

Once commission has been accepted, successful applicants will be announced week commencing 5th September.


We will endeavour to give feedback to all applicants.


We are inviting expressions of interest to be part of RPG Longsight!

Jack Ky Tan

Role Play Governance at Longsight Art Space

First Dates Added:

Quarter One to July 2022:

RPG Longsight foundation model (single tier) Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO). With you, we will develop the vision, mission and values for Longsight Art Space. You will have the opportunity to input into our creative programme and activities at LAS.

As a participant in this role play of governance structures, we would ask you to attend meetings up to our first AGM (you will be reimbursed £30 per session)


Dates Charity Tier One:

25th June 12pm-3pm – Introductory session and workshop

16th July 12pm-3pm – ‘Away Day’ research into other Tier One Charities 30th July 12pm-3pm – ‘AGM’ presentation and event based around Annual General Meeting model

Role Play Governance Longsight is a yearlong participatory artwork that will test how different legal formats will affect executive decision-making, board or director accountability, member/customer/ community engagement and fundability/ survivability. Longsight Art Space will deliver its programme by roleplaying 4 different organisational governance models. 

RPG Longsight Acting Board Members Expression of Interest 

89 Northmoor Road, Longsight, M12 5RT 


We are seeking participants for RPG Longsight, a newly commissioned performance and installation work by artist Jack Ky Tan where 4 different organisational models will be tested over a year for the new Longsight Art Space (LAS) in Manchester. Participants will be asked to roleplay as Board Members in the first iteration of LAS as a single tier ‘Foundation’ model Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), i.e., a charity with a Board of Trustees. 


Expression of Interest

We are welcoming expressions of interest from anyone who fulfils one or more of the following:

  • Is a resident of Longsight

  • Works in Longsight

  • Has experience of working with and for charities and CIO’s


We are also open to hearing from you if you do not fulfil the above criteria but you still feel like you would contribute. 


Volunteer period: 3 days total from 25.06.22 - 30.07.22 

Reimbursement: £30 stipend per day 

Ref: RPGBM01 

Deadline: Ongoing


If you are interested in participating, please email Chris at info@proforma.org.uk with your details, and a response to the following three questions:

  1. Why are you interested in participating in this project?

  2. How are you connected to Longsight and its surrounding area?

  3. What artists and creative activities would you like to see at Longsight Art Space


You can respond in writing (no more than 200 words for each question)

with a voice note (no more than 5 minutes) 

or with a video (no more than 5 minutes)


Feel free to include a CV.

If you need support showing an expression of interest, please email Chris at info@proforma.org.uk

Download the full Press Release here

This project is supported by: 

East Street Arts

Great Places Housing Association


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Volunteer with us!

We now have a number of opportunities to volunteer with us at

Longsight Art Space.

We need volunteers on the following days:

Thursday 12:00 - 18:00

Friday 12:00 - 18:00

Saturday 12:00 - 18:00

Sunday 12:00 - 18:00

Any hours within these times are greatly appreciated and we provide full training and a daily paid allowance for your time.

To register your interest please 


WhatsApp: +(0)44 7377 161828 or email Chris info@proforma.org.uk


Please reference LASVolunteers

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CENSUS is a periodic survey of artists and curators in the North-West region and a way

for PROFORMA to map activity and practices. CENSUS takes the form of remote interviews, studio visits where possible, informal crits and/or general catch up to discuss your work and practice.


For April - June 2021 we are changing CENSUS. Successful applicants will be paid £50 for a 1hr session with PROFORMA director Chris Bailkoski and a leading Artist or Curator. There will also be a free follow up session in order to evaluate participant’s progress.

***CENSUS is now Closed***CENSUS is now Closed***


CENSUS is a periodic survey of artists and curators in the North-West region and a way

for PROFORMA to map activity and practices. CENSUS takes the form of remote interviews, studio visits where possible, informal crits and/or general catch up to discuss your work and practice.


For April - June 2021 we are changing CENSUS. Successful applicants will be paid £50 for a 1hr session with PROFORMA director Chris Bailkoski and a leading Artist or Curator. There will also be a free follow up session in order to evaluate participant’s progress.

***CENSUS is now Closed***CENSUS is now Closed***

APRIL TO JUNE 2021 CENSUS Guests. Back in Spring 2022!

Jo Clements is a fine artist based in Manchester.

She has a fine art, practice-based PhD which examined artists interaction with regional and online film archives  and continues to explore archival materials with a focus  on the potential for re-interpretation through new technologies.

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Zoe Watson is curator of the Holden Gallery and a lecturer in Art Theory and Practice at Manchester School of Art. The Holden Gallery focuses on recent and ongoing developments in international contemporary art, and has included solo exhibitions from artists such as Simeon Barclay, Sof’ya Shpurova and Yelena Popova.


The exhibitions programme is complemented by the Interruptions series of events and performances, where artists are invited to test new and developing ideas in the gallery, online or in the public realm. Zoe has also curated a number of independent projects, including exhibitions at Copperfield Gallery, London; RIBA North, Liverpool; and Paradise Works, Salford.

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Nicola Dale works across sculpture, performance, image and text. Recent highlights include exhibitions, performances and/or commissions for: The Grundy, Blackpool; Echo Echo, Derry; Backlit, Nottingham; Corte Super Nova, Venice; Leeds Arts University; The Portico, Manchester; International 3, Salford; MOSTYN, Wales; Turner Contemporary, Margate; Open Eye, Liverpool and The Whitworth, Manchester.

She has also completed residencies with The University of Manchester; Lazio Museums Centre, Rome; Chisenhale Studios, London; The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida and Shanghai College of Fine Arts, China. She undertakes a variety of collaborations – currently with Adam Smyth, Professor of English Literature and the History of the Book (Oxford)

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Cheryl Martin, Co-Artistic Director for Manchester's black-led literature NPO Commonword and LGBTQ+-led Black Gold Arts, was Guest Curator for Liverpool’s Homotopia 2018, the UK’s largest LGBTQ+ festival. Cheryl's worked as a poet, playwright and director, and was a former Associate Director, New Writing/New Work at Contact and Director-in-Residence at Edinburgh’s Traverse.

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Garth Gratrix (b.1984, Blackpool) is a queer contemporary artist, curator, and director of Abingdon Studios Ltd. He has an international exhibition portfolio and has recently had works acquired for permanent collections at Lancaster Arts and Grundy Art Gallery. He was the only artist in Lancashire selected as part of PIVOT- a development programme supported by The Bluecoat & Castlefield Gallery and is mentored by Ceri Hand. He has completed the RD1st Coaching Programme supported by a-n and has twice been shortlisted for the Clore Visual Artist Fellowship. He created ICW (In Collaboration With) as an ongoing queer collaboration project, currently working with artists Chester Tenneson, Will Hughes, James William-Murray, and Harry Clayton-Wright, supported by Arts Council England.


As a curator, Gratrix has developed national platforms to support emergent and mid-career artists. Most recently, large group exhibitions including The Begining, National Assembly, Seoul, South Korea (2018); GRAFT, The Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Preston (2019); and a new Young Artist of the Year Art Prize in partnership with UK New Artists & Saatchi Gallery, London (2019-2022).

As Director of Abingdon Studios Ltd, Gratrix has established WORK/LEISURE and The Coast is Queer residency programmes with national partnerships and enabled packaged of support and rent-free studio periods for contemporary artists living in Blackpool. He is currently researching artist-led ecologies on the coast.


The Crocodiles say they can't - Lizz Brady


Pins & Needles is inspired by the Scratch Video movement of creating lo-fi and spontaneous short films as a way of documenting overlooked elements of society and subvert notions of the artform. Using this method of making we will highlight difficulties in presenting work surrounding mental health and queer culture through those artists specifically affected by these issues.

This DIY is run in partnership with HOME Manchester.

About the workshop

Interested in using live art to create lo-fi short films exploring mental health and queer culture?

Pins and Needles is a collaboration between Broken Grey Wires (BGW) founder, Lizz Brady, and PROFORMA director, Chris Bailkoski.

This DIY will focus on queer and non-binary artists working across performance and live art, exploring mental health through a three-day production workshop. We will provide tutorials in spontaneous video creation using digital material created by artists to develop a collaborative practice with mental health at the centre. There will also be two presentations by Bobby Baker and Rachel Rowan Olive, covering mental health and LGBTQ+ art production.

The workshop aims to provide new skills for artists, a model of collaborative practice, a new approach to the open call process and a way of working regionally that benefits participants and communities that can be overlooked and underrepresented in cultural institutions and wider society.

The outcome of the workshops will be viewed and discussed between the group. Please note that all aspects of this project will take place online.


Dates and location

  • Mon 9 Nov  – Selected artists will be given a private link to a video creation tutorial ahead of the workshops.

  • Mon 16 Nov, 13.00-16.00 – Introduction with Lizz Brady & Chris Bailkoski /Presentation by Bobby Baker followed by Q&A (tbc)

  • Tues 17 Nov, 13.00-16.00 – Group discussion and guidance for filmmaking / Presentation by Rachel Rowan Olive followed by Q&A (tbc)

  • Thu 19 Nov, 10.00-16.00 – Group discussion / Brady & Bailkoski will be available to offer guidance throughout the day. Deadline for work to be created is 23rd November.

  • Mon 23 Nov – Selected artists will send sharing of work

  • Thu 26 Nov  – films will be collated and shared on the HOME, Broken Grey Wires and PROFORMA websites

Due to COVID-19 this project will take place online, therefore artists must have access to editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro or the free alternative is Open Shot (the tutorial will be in Open Shot). If you don’t have access to software/equipment please flag this in your application and we will find a solution for you.

How to apply

Lizz and Chris welcome applications from…

  • LGBTQ+/non-binary artists with experience of mental health conditions

  • artists working across live art, film & moving image.

  • applicants must be over 18 years old

  • as the workshops will be taking place remotely you don’t need to be based in Manchester

To apply just follow this link: submitting a short statement answering the following questions:  


How will this opportunity benefit your creative development? 


How do or would you incorporate live art / mental health into your work? 

Video/audio applications are also accepted and should be sent via WeTransfer to lizzbrady@hotmail.co.uk and info@proforma.org.uk