Liverpool Without Walls fund to bring culture to the streets

Following recent announcements from central Government that socially distanced live performances are now allowed, Liverpool City Council and Arts Council England are launching a £200,000 pilot project to fund performing and visual art in the streets of Liverpool.

This is the next phase of the Liverpool Without Walls project which began in June by supporting the hospitality sector to reimagine eating outdoors. This latest strand of the project will look at how the city’s world-famous cultural offer can come out of the venues, galleries and performance spaces the city boasts, and turn the streets into a stage.

The fund will support artists and organisations to create work which can be presented within the city centre over the coming months – with grants of up to £5,000 on offer. The aim is to help those who apply to look at new ways of making content, while also creating more reasons to encourage local and regional audiences back into the city centre.

This pilot is for creatives to submit ideas to animate and reimagine Liverpool as a stage, fill the streets with cultural content and encourage audiences back into the city centre.

The Fund is looking for ideas which:

  • Get organisations working in the public realm, reimagining art forms and piloting new forms of presentation for the future
  • Drive audiences into the city centre and key district centres in order to support the re-emerging retail and hospitality sector
  • Help support local organisations and the freelance community, in particular those who may not qualify for support through previous ACE or DCMS funds
  • Can be delivered at speed: ideally during August – October 2020

Who can apply?

Any cultural organisation or freelance artist who is based in Liverpool is eligible to apply for the fund. Please be aware that you need all necessary insurances in place should you be proposing outdoor performance.

How much can I apply for?

The maximum amount available from the fund is £5,000.

Culture Liverpool anticipate that for most organisations, the requested grant will represent a contribution towards the cost of delivering a project or idea.

For freelance artists, Culture Liverpool appreciate that the request is likely to be for the full amount required to deliver a proposal.

Collaborative project ideas are welcomed with one of more organisations involved, and in this instance would accept applications of over £5,000 as long as they did not exceed the amount the collective would individually be able to apply for.

When can I apply?

The Fund is currently open for applications.

There is no deadline to apply, however once available funds have been committed, further proposals will not be accepted. Funding will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

How do I apply?

Culture Liverpool want to make this process as streamlined and simple as possible, so decisions can be made quickly and funding transferred without delay.

Following your submission, you will receive an email confirming that your application has been received, together with a tracking number to be used in all correspondence.

All applications are checked for completeness and eligibility against the guidelines. If your application is incomplete or ineligible, we will send you an email telling you why. We regret that we are unable to progress incomplete or ineligible applications.

Find out more and apply for the Without Walls Fund here

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