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The Birmingham 2022 Festival is excited to receive proposals from artists and cultural organisations based in Birmingham and the West Midlands in response to one of three specific creative briefs, listed below.

1. Nature

Green spaces, urban nature and canals

2. Trams

Social transport heritage

3. Black Art

The Black Art Movement in the West Midlands

Each brief has been developed in collaboration with supporting organisations from the region and should reach audiences and/or participants based across live and digital platforms. We are particularly interested in projects that will engage our priority groups, namely

  • Children and young people
  • d/Deaf and disabled people
  • People and communities that established cultural institutions do not regularly, or
    easily, engage
  • People and communities with roots in other Commonwealth nations and territories

To make a proposal, please download the information below and read it carefully.

The deadline for Stage 1 proposals is 27 April 2021. More key dates and contact details for support and queries are included in the download below.

Information Pack

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Q&A

I’ve not done this before. Is there anyone that can help me with the process?

As this is an Open Call we’re interested in hearing from new voices and those at all stages of their career. We know that means you may need some more help and guidance.

We will run a series of surgeries (question & answer sessions for interested artists and cultural organisations) on selected dates in April with representatives of the supporting organisations also present, to answer specific questions from interested artists and organisations. To book a surgery slot, please contact [email protected]

For support with your proposal, or questions please contact [email protected]

Do you have this information in accessible formats?

Inclusivity is one of five values in the Birmingham 2022 Social Values Charter and we want the Games to be accessible to all.

We can provide access support with proposals.

For this Open Call, we will work with Deaf Explorer, who forge radical approaches and creative opportunities to produce contemporary Deaf culture. They adopt the social model of disability, and identify the barriers in society as the main contributing factor that disables people. Their expertise is access and communication support. For this Open Call, they will provide accessible information and will support artists with access requirements to apply.

Please contact [email protected] to let us know if you there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to ensure this process is as accessible as possible to you, or if you require a large print or alternative accessible format version of this document.

We are also happy to receive proposals in a range of formats, including written, audio or video files but will require a detailed balanced budget spreadsheet produced using the headings detailed above.

Can I apply to all three of the briefs?

No. We are asking for you to only respond to one brief so make sure you read the further information and select the appropriate one for you.

Why are there different amounts allocated to each of the three briefs?

The budgets differ across the three briefs because we are looking for projects of a range of sizes and scope.

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