MIF21 CREATIVE FELLOWSHIPS- Artists in Greater Manchester

Are you an artist or creative practitioner based in Greater Manchester? Would you like to get up close to the creation of major MIF21 commissions?

MIF are offering five Greater Manchester-based artists and creatives the unique opportunity to connect with their team, artists and Festival through five MIF21 Creative Fellowships, which will run from February 2021 until the next Manchester International Festival (1-18 July 2021). There is financial support through a bursary of up to £3,000 to cover the time you spend on this professional development fellowship

The five MIF21 Creative Fellows will each shadow the creation of up to two major Festival commissions between February and July. You’ll get an insider’s view of what goes into the creation, production and presentation of major Festival works – such as Tree, Invisible Cities and School of Integration, which were all shadowed by Creative Fellows at MIF19 – and you’ll be encouraged to reflect on how what you observe and learn could benefit your own practice.



MIF21 Creative Fellowships are open to independent artists and creative practitioners – performers, musicians, visual artists, creative technologists and many others – who are currently living in Greater Manchester and are within the first ten years of their artistic career.

They’re looking for artists and creatives who feel they are at a pivotal stage in their practice, and who believe they would benefit from access and exposure to the creation of major new works within the fast-paced environment of one of the world’s most exciting cultural festivals. You should look to use your time with us to develop your ambitions, enhance your practice and take your career to the next level.

You can expect to spend the equivalent of 4-6 weeks on your MIF21 Creative Fellowship. This time will be scheduled flexibly in several blocks between February and July 2021 to meet both your needs and the production schedule of your chosen commission(s). All Creative Fellowships are tailored to each Creative Fellow, and we will work with you to create a calendar that fits around your other commitments.


The ongoing pandemic may affect the nature of your interactions with the artists and the MIF team – some of which may have to take place digitally rather than in person, depending on whatever guidelines and regulations are in place during 2021. Please be assured that they’ll do everything they can to make sure you’re as closely connected as possible to the commission(s) you’re shadowing, the team(s) behind it and the wider MIF ecosystem.



Friday 11 December.

Wednesday 13 January 2021 Interviews (conducted digitally)

Monday 18 January 2021 Successful applicants contacted



Published on:
4 Dec 2020


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