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 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: This is an artist-led project, an opportunity to create more performances and platforms in Birmingham - a youth-led, innovative showcase which will eventually take its place among the strongest cultural offerings in the city.
When? Weekly sessions beginning February 2019
Get involved? Apply here - deadline Friday 28th February
Information: A professional development programme for 16-25 year olds to bring about change in how young people influence heritage organisations like museums.
When? Weekly sessions over two seasons, beginning 20th March 2019.
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