ARC Stockton- Artist Call Out – Uprising

Uprising is a part retreat/part professional development for artists of the global majority (GM) and QTIPOC (queer and trans people of colour) who want to cultivate their artistic practice, network, or just relax in a stimulating atmosphere! Up to 15 artists will take over the entire ARC Stockton building from Fri 1 – Sun 3 September 2023 to do as they would like for the weekend!

Uprising is led by Artistic Director, Symoné and created alongside steering group members Humira Imtiaz, Aerial Mel, Lauren Nicole Whitter, and Hannabiell Sanders. The event is supported by ARC Stockton and funded by Jerwood Arts.

They are inviting up to 15 artists to take part. Successful applicants will be provided with:

  • Travel and accommodation bursary
  • Per diems or provided meals during their stay
  • Free access to ARC’s building, equipment and technical resources to help share your ideas
  • Connection to the Uprising peer network

Uprising’s Aims

  • Support GM artists to help create a caring and accessible environment
  • Connect GM artists within their community, particularly artists who are feeling stuck or stale in terms of their artistic practice, who feel unable to ‘break through’ in the industry or secure opportunities, who feel they have a lack of networks or confidence
  • Connect artists with ARC Stockton and/or other organisations within our collective network relevant to the artist’s work


  • Up to 15 GM artists, of which at least 8 will be located in the North East of England and the rest drawn from across the UK
  • Artists of any age, at any point in your career
  • Artists working in performance, in any artform (circus, theatre, live art, spoken word, musicians, dancers, and beyond)
  • Artists interested in contributing to the Uprising community

Available Resources

The building will be open for us exclusively 10am to 10pm every day. Please refer to the wide number of facilities at ARC Stockton here. ARC’s technical team will be available to support us the entire weekend.

Anticipated Daily Activities

  • Group check ins and check outs, and group meal times
  • Cosy and silent areas
  • Peer-led workshops
  • Research and devising studio time
  • Testing and sharing work
  • Optional evening activities (e.g. open mic night)


10am on Mon 15 May.

All applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

– Geographic: 50% of selected artists will be residing in the North East of England. This event is not available for artists from outside the U.K.
– Diversity in artforms: They want to support artists across artforms and our selection will be based on supporting artists from varying artform backgrounds
– Community interest: Enthusiasm for the event and a drive to be a part of the Uprising community

Ultimately, they are looking to create a community of artists for Uprising that provide a wide range of complementary skills and experience, so the selection will be informed by the need to balance geography and artform alongside the contribution individual artists can offer. Final decisions will be taken by the Steering Group.

Decisions: All applicants will be informed by Wed 31 May 2023


Artist Call Out – Uprising – ARC | Stockton Arts Centre (

Published on:
13 Apr 2023
Opportunity deadline:
15 May 2023


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