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Untitled Residency at The Lowry

UNTITLED Residency 2020 Call Out

UNTITLED gives artists the freedom to explore by focusing on the process – the messy, the mistakes, the warts and all – and not on outcome.

We know that it can be hard to find space and time to experiment without having to worry about what you’ll have to show for it at the end of the week. This new programme is all about creating an opportunity for you to take risks, make leaps and play with ideas. No strings attached.

This opportunity is only available to members of The Lowry’s Artist Network. If you are not already a member you can join up through the Untitled Residency application form.

What is included:

  • 5 day residency / up to 40 hours of studio time (Aldridge Studio 3)
  • A small pot of seed funding of £500
  • Option to informally share and reflect on the process with a trusted invited group if needed
  • Option of having a critical eye at points that suit

We are looking for projects that…

  • are in the early stages of development and will benefit from experimentation rather than rehearsal
  • are telling new stories in interesting ways
  • are testing new collaborations across art forms or with a diverse range of artists
  • involve those who are underrepresented in terms of ethnicity, disability, sexuality, socio-economic backgrounds and any others who might need a different kind of courage to overcome historical barriers or perspectives.
  • involve dance, movement, or contemporary circus makers as we don’t tend to hear as often from people working in these fields

Your project should cover at least three of the above requirements in order to be considered.

Unfortunately we are unable to support…

  • Aerial work as the space is unsuitable for rigging
  • Adaptations of existing work

The offer

  • A space to put on a finished performance or showcase your work to audience, promoters, agents and venues
  • Technical support from our in-house team
  • Access to the Aldridge Studio’s lighting rig or lighting desk
  • Access to the space before 10am or after 5pm


* Please note that this will be the only round of applications for one of these listed weeks.

  • Mon 27 – Fri 31 January 2020
  • Mon 17 – Fri 22 February 2020
  • Mon 23 – Fri 27 March 2020
  • Mon 20 – Fri 24 April 2020
  • Mon 18 – Fri 22 May 2020
  • Mon 29 Jun – Fri 3 Jul 2020
  • Mon 27 Jul – Fri 31 Jul 2020

Deadline for submission: Fri 15 November 2019, 5pm
Decision date: Fri 29 November 2019

How to apply

Please complete the expression of interest and equal opportunities monitoring form by clicking on the links below.

This opportunity is only available to members of The Lowry’s Artist Network. If you are not already a member you can join up through the Untitled Residency application form.

The Lowry Artist Network is our free scheme for those who aspire to work creatively within the industry. As a member of Artist Network, you can access workshops, training, advice surgeries, ticket discounts and the opportunity to meet like-minded peers. We will send you our newsletter but we promise that we will only email you with news and opportunities and we won’t fill your inbox with spam!

The forms

We want to reach the broadest diversity of creatives and particularly encourage applications from creatives of colour/BAME heritage and creatives living with a disability.

We are committed to ensuring this opportunity is accessible to anyone who meets our eligibility criteria. Please speak to us about any barriers that might prevent you from applying.

We understand that not everyone is comfortable expressing themselves through the written form. If you would to submit your application as a video or audio file, please answer the questions in the order it is listed in this application form and email  it to us with the subject “Untitled Residency – Expression of Interest”. If you require the application form in other formats, please also email in.


Expression of Interest

Equal Opportunities Form