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: We are recruiting volunteers to help support the event delivery of Lunar Campfires on the day.
When? Friday 27th September, 6pm - 9pm. You must be available a week before for a Volunteer Briefing, and arrive at 4.30pm on the day of the Lunar Campfire event.
Apply? Apply here - Monday 22nd September 2019, 5pm.
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.
October half term
3 session times available
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