Manchester International Festival announces new creative digital opportunity

Manchester International Festival is looking for 20 creatives from Greater Manchester to take part in an artist development programme that explores how digital technologies can be pivotal for artistic practice, with a focus on experimentation, intervention and performativity.  

Manchester International Festival announces new creative digital opportunity

Creative Lab is an artist development programme that explores how digital technologies can be pivotal for artistic practice, with a focus on experimentation, intervention and performativity.  

Over three months and two special Creative Lab weekenders, 20 Greater Manchester-based artists will explore how digital ideas can enhance artistic development through masterclasses, mentoring and hands-on workshops.

Candidates get priority access to select MIF19 events and an £800 bursary to spend on developing digital creative responses to the Festival programme, with opportunities to promote these responses via MIF’s channels and other online platforms.

Creative Lab is open to Greater Manchester-based artists aged 18+ from across the spectrum of the arts and creativity, regardless of whether or not they’ve previously used advanced technology in their work. 

Creative Lab will run over two weekends, 18-19 May and 1-2 June. 

Apply at mif.co.uk/my-festival/creative-development/creativelab/ 

Applications open 18 March and close 19 April.

Creative Lab follows the success of Creative 50 in 2017, a project which invited aspiring and emerging artists from across Greater Manchester to create collaborative and individual online responses to the world-class events held throughout the Festival.

Jennifer Gaskell, a participant in 2017 said, ‘What I loved about being part of Creative50 was just getting out of my bubble of people who make art just like me. Being surrounded by people from all sorts of creative backgrounds really freed up my practice.’

MIF runs a year-round programme of creative and social activities right across Greater Manchester, from social evenings and library meet-ups to micro-festivals in people’s homes and one-off opportunities to develop your talent. All these events are completely free and open to all. The best way to stay in the know is to sign up to My Festival, MIF’s creative community, where you’ll join a growing network of people from all backgrounds, ages and corners of the city who are forging closer connections with MIF. 

Find out more: mif.co.uk/my-festival/sign-up/

MIF19 runs from 4–21 July 2019 with artists from across the globe premiering a variety of new work in spaces throughout the city. For more details about this year’s programme, please visit mif.co.uk

Header Image Credit: Seb Matthes

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Oscar Lister

Oscar Lister

Manchester International Festival (MIF) is the world’s first festival of original, new work and special events. The Festival is staged every two years in Manchester, UK – the next edition will take place 4 – 21 July 2019 at venues all over the city.

We bring together artists from different art forms and backgrounds to create dynamic, innovative and forward-thinking new work, which we stage in a rich tapestry of venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. We work closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations around the world, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of our projects possible and guarantees that they have a life after each Festival has ended.

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