Malborough Productions has relaunched its New Queers on the Block community development programme, with three £12,500 commissions available for LGBTQ+ performance artists. Since 2018, the scheme has supported the development of numerous queer performers, including Oozing Gloop, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Rachael Young, Harry Clayton-Wright and Subira Joy, across live art, theatre, dance, cabaret, film, spoken word and visual art.
Selected artists/groups will embark on a holistic 6-month development period with no public-facing outputs expected at the end. Creative director Tarik Elmoutawakil and executive director David Sheppeard said the scheme strives “empower marginalised LGBTQ+ artists and producers”, adding: “ [The programme] disrupts the capitalist origins of this way of working, breaking new ground and allowing artists and producers to determine for themselves their optimum conditions to thrive.”
Applications are open until 4 November 2021. Those interested can apply online.