What We Do
Free Radical exists to give young people space, both mentally and physically, to tell stories about themselves, their communities and what they care about in the world.
Through working collaboratively with young artists and a diversity of audience and partners, we seek to find ways to develop engaged citizens and bring communities together to celebrate the creative spirit and voice of our city and its people. Our main objective is to develop art activists or ‘Artivists’; socially and critically engaged young artists who use their work to be thought-leading, provide social commentary or act as provocation for wider discussions.
Free Radical uses combined arts including spoken word, music and digital media to develop exciting young, diverse artists, producers and cultural entrepreneurs which reflect and celebrate the vibrancy of Birmingham. Through high quality but accessible workshops, events and projects Free Radical helps develop skills, confidence and networks of young artists to bolster their resilience and practice through access to opportunities both professionally and personally.
Artist development programme and residency giving space for ‘Artivists’ to develop socially engaged practice
Local & international talks, workshops, gatherings pushing artists and the field further in their practice
Festival Of Audacity
Disturbing the ‘norm’ of Birmingham by young people making the city their stage
Southside Producers is a year long development programme for 8-10 Producers aged 16-30 in Birmingham.
Theatre For Democracy
A 12 week theatre training programme designed to tackle a social issue within a community.
Information: A development programme for young event/creative producers aged 16-30 to develop their skills through talks, workshops and practical learning environments.
When? Weekly sessions beginning 15th May
Get involved? Apply here - deadline Wednesday 10th April
Information? We're recruiting residents to help make every HEADSPVCE as good as the last; with roles including booking artists, aesthetics, and marketing. No experience needed, this is an opportunity for the community to develop skills in event producing.
When? HEADSPVCE takes place in April, there will be pre-meetings in the lead up.
Apply? Apply here
Information? A 10 week theatre-making programme at Oaklands Young People's Centre. Over 10 weeks, work within a group to create a piece of theatre and find new ways to have your voice heard.
When? Beginning Tuesday 7th May
Apply? Apply here
Art is inextricable from change. To make or to witness is to change and be changed.
Art Activists benefit from opportunities and support - mental, physical, economic, legal, philosophical
Through play, we can imagine new alternatives and challenge dominant narratives