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Callout for Performance and Visual Artists to join our 2022-2024 Programme

Deadline for applications: Monday 8 August 2022 at 11am.

The Lowry is delighted to launch a callout for independent artists, collectives or companies based in the North of England (North West, Yorkshire and North East) to join our 2022-24 Developed With The Lowry programme, which will take place over a 12-18 month period from October 2022.

Developed With Callout

Applications are now open for a new cohort of artists to join our Developed With The Lowry programme. Selected artists will spend 12-18 months with us creating and presenting a new production or exhibition and developing their practice. We welcome applications from early to mid-career artists who are establishing their practice and creative identity, and are looking for time, space and support to now take a significant step forward in their work. Interested artists, collectives or companies will have made at least 2-3 professional works that have been shown publicly and be able to invest time and energy in this development opportunity.


We would like to invite 6 artists, companies or collectives to join the programme from October 2022, with 5 opportunities offered to performance-based artists and 1 opportunity offered to a visual or media-based artist. Developed With has previously focused on supporting artists who have a theatre, dance, circus or other live performance practice, and for the first time we are delighted to offer one of our Developed With opportunities to a visual or media-based artist who will work closely with our Galleries team to develop a new exhibition that will open at The Lowry as part of our EDITS programme in Autumn 2023.


Each Developed With opportunity will include:

  • A commission fee of £5000 towards the development of a new production or exhibition
  • £1000 towards professional development activity
  • Space at The Lowry to research, develop and make work
  • A performance or exhibition platform at The Lowry
  • Producer support and mentoring from Lowry staff
  • An online programme of tailored professional development sessions to support and develop artistic practice and cultural leadership and thinking around Arts Council’s Let’s Create strategy
  • Access to other professional development opportunities as part of our wider Artist Development programmes
  • Support with marketing, audience development, profile raising and advocacy


Developed With The Lowry Criteria

We welcome applications from:

  • Independent artists, collectives and companies who have a performance, visual or media-based practice. Eligible artistic disciplines include (but are not limited to) theatre, dance, ground-based circus, cabaret, drag, comedy, spoken word, live / performance art, outdoor arts, musical theatre, interdisciplinary performance and fine art, photography, illustration, sculpture, graphic design, installation, textiles, media or film-based work. Please note we are not looking for applications from artists who are solely playwrights or musicians at this time.
  • Artists and companies who make ambitious and original work across all genres and for all ages.
  • Artists and companies who consider themselves to be early to mid-career and have created and publicly shown 2-3 professional works.
  • Artists and companies who are based in the North of England (North West, Yorkshire, North East).
  • Artists and companies who have a clear idea for a production or exhibition that they would like to develop as part of our Developed With programme. We are also interested to hear thoughts on areas of professional development that applicants would like to explore as part of this opportunity.
  • Artists and companies who would like to make work for our Aldridge Studio (140 seats), Gallery spaces or outdoor spaces.
  • We will not accept applications from artists or companies who have previously been part of our Developed With The Lowry programme.

The Lowry is committed to encouraging diversity and intersectionality in the arts and we actively encourage proposals from artists from under-represented communities, including people who experience racism, identify as working class, disabled, Deaf or neurodivergent, are from the LGBTQ+ community, are care experienced or are discriminated against.

We encourage you to apply for this opportunity no matter what your age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.

Application Process

The application process will be in two stages.

Stage One – Submit an expression of Interest

Deadline for expressions of Interest: Monday 8 August 2022 at 11am

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday 12 August 2022

Please submit an expression of interest via our online form or you can answer the questions via audio / video submission. Please include links and any passwords to your audio or video files on the application form. You can download a Word document version of the expression of Interest form, and this can be used to draft answers to the questions before applying online.


Expressions of interest will be read and shortlisted by a panel from The Lowry’s Artist Development and Gallery teams, and a small pool of our current Developed With and Associate Artists. We anticipate receiving a high volume of applications for this opportunity, and we will not be able to offer individual feedback on stage one applications.

Stage Two - Shortlisted applicants

Deadline to submit Stage Two proposals: Monday 5 September at 5pm.

Zoom interviews for shortlisted artists will take place from Wednesday 14 – Friday 16 September.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to submit further information to support their application (including a budget breakdown) and will also be invited to attend a short interview with members of the selection panel. Shortlisted applicants will receive £50.00 to develop their application further and attend an interview.

Successful applicants will be notified on Monday 19 September and invited to attend a Developed With Welcome Day in-person at The Lowry on Wednesday 5 October 2022.

All applications that progress to stage two will receive feedback collated from the selection panel discussions.

Key Dates

  • Developed With Q&A Webinar: Weds 20 July at 12pm – 1pm.
  • Deadline for Stage One – Expression of Interest: Mon 8 August at 11am.
  • Shortlisted applicants for Stage Two notified: Fri 12 August.
  • Deadline for Stage Two Shortlisted Applicant proposals: Mon 5 September at 5pm.
  • Stage Two Shortlisted Applicants Interviews: Wed 14 – Fri 16 September.
  • Shortlisted applicants notified of final decisions: Mon 19 September.
  • Welcome Day for new Developed With The Lowry 2022-24 Cohort: Wed 5 October.

How To Apply

To apply, submit your Expression of Interest

Please also complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Download the Expression of Interest Form in a Word document. This can be used to draft answers to the questions before applying online, or for audio or video applications.

Download the contents of this page and Expression of Interest form in DEVELOPED WITH 2022-2024 Callout and EOI Large Print Format

Download the contents of this page and Expression of Interest form in DEVELOPED WITH 2022-2024 Callout and EOI Easy Read Format

Selection Process and Criteria

All applications will be reviewed by our selection panel including both independent artists and industry professionals who work at The Lowry. Applications will be considered following these criteria:

  • Application form completed.
  • Your proposed project reflects the aims and objectives of our Developed With The Lowry programme.
  • Evidence of your commitment to making work and developing your artistic practice.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with us at We can answer queries about the application process and Developed With programme, but cannot read draft applications or view supporting material in advance.

We will also be hosting a Developed With Q&A Webinar on Wednesday 20 July at 12pm – 1pm. Interested applicants will have the opportunity to hear from previous Developed With artists about their experiences of the programme and to ask any questions.

>Please register to attend the webinar.


About Developed With The Lowry

Developed With is our flagship artist development programme, offering a bespoke package of support for independent artists and companies who are committed to creating ambitious, high-quality work and developing their practice as artists and cultural leaders. We are excited to work with artists who are interested in exploring bold and dynamic new ideas and approaches, building relationships, engaging with audiences, celebrating creativity and innovation and championing diversity and representation within their work and the wider arts sector.

Since 2009, 46 productions have been commissioned as part of our Developed With programme, including BAFTA award-winning comic Sophie Willan’s first stand-up hour ‘On Record’, Theatre Ad Infinitum’s ‘Ballad of the Burning Star’ (a blistering drag cabaret journey into the core of a conflicted Jewish state),  Igor & Moreno’s immersive production ‘Andante’, and more recently Thick & Tight’s 10th anniversary show ‘Short & Sweet’ and ‘Snatched’ by Melissa Johns and Lily Levin.

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