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
Conversation, research and sharing around socially engaged 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.
Information: Headspvce is made by the community, for the community, so we're offering 3 month residencies to produce, mentor or design, and become a part of the Headspvce Planning Team.
When? Monthly planned meetings, to work towards a social every 3 months.
Apply? Visit the webpage.
Information: Southside Producers is a year long professional development programme for producers in Birmingham to develop the skills needed to produce incredible events in the city, beginning on Tuesday 29th May.
When? The programme runs from May 2018 - May 2019. Deadline for applications - Tues 8th May 2018, 12pm
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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