Milkpresents- Summer Summit- for early-career LGBTQIA+ artists

Summer Summit is an opportunity for a group of UK-based, early-career artists to explore queer performance practice via a paid rural residential retreat. Hosted in collaboration with The HopBarn Centre for Music and Creative Performance, join a meeting of minds in the middle of the Midlands, for a festival-styled weekender where you can master new skills and build your queer family.

Workshops will be led by Milk Presents’ Artistic Director, Leo Skilbeck, and Associate Director Jo Tyabji, as well as other members of the Milk Presents team and special guests including artist and writer Selina Thompson and HighTide Theatre’s Artistic Director Suba Das.

Who’s it for?

  • Artists over 18 years old
  • Artists who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • Artists in the first five years of their professional career as an artist
  • Artists who work in, for example, but not limited to: performance, theatre, cabaret, circus, live art, dance

What do you get?

  • A free weekend of workshops, talks and activities delivered by Milk Presents and special guests.
  • Three days camping in the countryside, or alternative indoor accessible accommodation for up to two people who aren’t able to camp or would benefit from this provision.
  • £70 per day honorarium fee.
  • £60 travel/equipment contribution.
  • All meals provided.

Participants will be selected by the following criteria:

  • Suitability of Summer Summit content with participants’ development journey
  • Diversity in art form & practice
  • Diversity of participant geographical location
  • Places will be prioritised for those who have faced racism, discrimination and/or cultural barriers due to being from the global majority, disabled, deaf, neurodivergent, having a long term health condition and/or are socio-economically disadvantaged



5pm on Friday 30th July

You will be notified on the outcome of your application by Friday 6th August


Summer Summit illustration by Sam Prentice.


Published on:
6 Jul 2021
Opportunity deadline:
30 Jul 2022


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