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Call out for GenFest Royal & Derngate’s Artist Development Festival

This is an open call out for artists based in the Midlands or with strong ties to this region, who have work that they wish to showcase.

We are open to what that might be, whether this is an opportunity for you to try out new ideas in front of an audience to get development feedback, or whether this is part of the first leg of your tour, all are possible options.

We particularly welcome applicants from those underrepresented in the arts industry.

What Is GenFest?

Royal & Derngate’s annual festival that supports artist development with opportunities to develop or share work, attend workshops, advice surgeries and networking events.
As every show and your needs are different we will contact those selected to tailor a package of support that may include space, mentorship, technical and marketing support.

We are unable to provide financial support but will support funding applications if required and advise those applying to consider applying to the Artist Support Bursary (see below).

Where does it take place?
This year GenFest takes place at Royal & Derngate Underground Studio (80-100 seater) We are also open to presenting work online and in our foyer spaces.
A technician will be provided to work with you on the day you are with us.

When does it take place?
Mon 31 October – Sun 6 November 2022

How to apply:
Please write no more than two pages, or send an audio/ video file including the following information:

  • Name and contact details
  • Brief summary of the work you would like to present and why
  • Location – Studio/ Online/Foyer/ Other
  • Technical specification (as much as you know/think at this point)
  • Brief summary about you and your previous work

Deadline: Thu 30 June 2022

Please send your applications to Erica Martin, Creative Learning Associate via [email protected]

If you have any questions about applying please do not hesitate to contact Erica via 01604 624811.

Artist Support Bursary
Have you seen our Artist Support Fund? A one-off bursary of £1000 will be allocated to support an artist in the development of their career or their work. This no frills and no strings fund is to support those making work in this region and could be used as you see fit, this might be for career development, R&D, match funding, workshops or production fees.

To apply please contact Erica Martin for an application Form.