PROFORMA: LOITER Artist Open Call *NOW CLOSED* Artists announced very soon

2 Commissions open to artists living or working in Greater Manchester, of which at least 1 Commission is for a diverse artist in this region.


£1000 Artist Fee, £500 Production Budget plus Artist Mentor Package.

Project starts Autumn 2020 and completed by January 2021


Open Call Dates: 29thJuly – 5pm 18thSeptember 2020

Artists notified by 28thSeptember 2020


PROFORMA is launching LOITER, a one-day live visual art programme highlighting the significance of the Chapel Street area as one of the oldest trade routes connecting Manchester and Salford, and an area seemingly in constant flux. Continuing our programme of creating time-restricted exhibitions in non-gallery spaces, PROFORMA is commissioning two artists to create new, ephemeral artworks that reflect the vibrancy of this area and form part of the LOITER programme. Selected artists will also benefit from a tailored mentor and career development package. 


We invite artists to propose innovative live artworks that will be temporary, durational and inspired by loitering as a subversive performative gesture, encouraging viewers to dawdle around Chapel Street and experience the area in new ways once time is taken to consider this environment. 


Artists will be passionate about and work within live visual art practices including, but not limited to, performance, animation, moving image, sound, augmented and virtual realities, expanded fields of drawing, painting and sculpture, intervention and socially-engaged practices. LOITER will take place in winter 2020/21 (date tbc) and, with an awareness of accessibility, weather and social distancing issues, will be broadcast live to view online simultaneously.


Each commission is open to visual artists at any stage of their career, living or working in the Greater Manchester region and we ask artists to consider what they would want from our mentor package. One commission is specifically allocated to a diverse artist, including people of African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Mixed heritage, and applicants from these backgrounds will be equally considered for both commissions. We also encourage applications from LGBTQI+ artists. 


Chapel Street Area 

Each commission is for £1000 artists fee, with an additional production budget of £500 and a tailored mentor and professional development package. Mentors include Nicola Dale, Cheryl Martin and Benji Reid. 


Application Process:

Application and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form here:  



Open Call Dates: 29th July – 5pm 18th September 2020, applicants will be notified by 28th September. 

October and November: Research and Development, 3 Mentor Sessions.

TBC final production and art walk day no later than 31st January 2021.


Selection Panel

Chris Bailkoski– PROFORMA

Tamsin Drury– hÅb

Cheryl Martin– Artist, Black Gold Arts

Gaynor Seville– Arts Consultant and Producer 


Eligibility Criteria


-       LOITER Is open to all artists living or working in Greater Manchester in the following boroughs:  Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan. 


-       A minimum of one commission is for a diverse artist and our definition of diverse includes people from African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Mixed heritage. 


-       A completed Equal Opportunity Monitoring form must be included with the application.


-       Artists working in any media will be considered but the proposed work will have to be within live art practices including performance, animation, moving image, sound, augmented and virtual realities, intervention and socially engaged practice.


-       Artists at any stage in their career are eligible to apply however we require applicants to tell us how this commission and mentoring will develop your practice. 


More about PROFORMA and LOITER panel and mentors:


Chris Bailkoski is creative director of PROFORMAand, since 2017, he has created a range of projects in including exhibitions and residencies at The Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester, The Manchester Contemporary, SET Space, Dalston, Abingdon Studios, Blackpool, Begehungen Art Festival Chemnitz, Germany and Corte Supernova during Venice Biennale 2019. He is also co-director of grassroots music venue, Soup Kitchen, Manchester.


Nicola Dale is a visual artist working across performance, sculpture and image. She is based in Greater Manchester and works internationally.

Tamsin Drury is Director of hÅb, a production and development organisation specialising in contemporary performance, live art and sited performance, based in Manchester. hÅb supports emergent and mid-career artists, producing events like Emergency, Hazard, Domestic and Works Ahead. hÅb’s public brand is Word of Warning – a peripatetic performance programme and Weekly Warning signpost to contemporary practice.


Cheryl Martin was Guest Curator for Liverpool’s Homotopia 2018, the UK’s largest LGBTQ+ festival.  A Co-Artistic Director of Manchester’s Black Gold Arts Festival, Cheryl has 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.


Benji Reid is a Choreo-Photolist - where theatricality, choreography and photography meet in a single or series of images.


Gaynor Seville is an Arts Consultant and Producer with over 20 years’ experience commissioning artists and developing significant projects nationally and internationally.  She has produced and managed award-winning public art schemes and devised innovative professional development initiatives for artists.  Gaynor has a long history working with and supporting the arts sector in the NW region, including project development and business planning for PROFORMA.


This project is supported by Arts Council, England  

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