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
Don’t Settle empowers young people of colour, in Birmingham and the Black Country, to change the voice of heritage through the arts, research and governance
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.
Information: A year long professional development programme for producers in Birmingham to develop the skills needed to produce incredible events in the city.
When? Sign up for early interest and be contacted when applications officially open.
Get involved? Submit early interest here.
Information: We, as young people of colour, need space for open conversation, sharing, and relating to each other. Want to make these happen?
When? There will be four Lunar Campfires every year. We will let you know when the next one is, so watch out for details on our website and socials.
Apply? Apply here - There is no set deadline as we are flexible.
Information: A paid opportunity for a textiles artist to create two textiles pieces that will be hung in the foyer of Soho House as part of the refurbishment. They will visually interpret the new theme of innovation that will be present throughout the house and support narratives of minoritised communities.
When? August 28th 2019 - October 21st 2019.
Apply? Apply here by 9am, Monday 26th August 2019.
Information: We’re recruiting a group of upcoming changemakers, activists and people who simply want to make a change in their community and don’t know where to start. Change 24 is a series of workshops taking you through the skills needed to run a campaign and make it last.
When? Wednesdays, 5.30-7.30 starting July 24th
Get involved: Visit website to register
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