The 24th Emergency will take place on Saturday 28 September 2024 in its seventh home, Contact, Manchester — combining daytime durational, installation, intervention, and limited capacity work; followed by an evening of short (max 20 min) show-type pieces of work, works-in-progress, or extracts of longer works.

The event’s objectives are to be

  • a free to access public micro-festival and open submission platform
  • an opportunity for artists to meet, show, and peer review work;
  • a selection event for a number of small Works Ahead commissions to be produced by hĂ…b.

Artists working in Live Art, contemporary performance, time-based media, and interdisciplinary arts are now invited to submit proposals. Work can be in any relevant artform/medium, though some live presence is desirable.

Contact is a big multi-space building which has recently undergone a major capital expansion and refurbishment.

  • Spaces available include a theatre, a black box studio, a multi-purpose events space, a large + smaller rehearsal rooms, a meeting room, a cafĂ©-bar, various landings + alcoves.
  • For daytime work: Bar, First Floor Foyer, Meetings Room, Space 1 Lobby, Space 3, Space 4, and possibly Space 0.
  • For evening work: Space 1, Space 2, Space 0. All evening show-type works have a maximum duration of 20 mins per piece.

Emergency 24 will offer an honorarium of ÂŁ200 per piece selected, to cover fees/expenses.

For artists coming from beyond Greater Manchester we may be able to offer an additional discretionary contribution to travel.

Deadline for proposals – Friday 2 August 2024, 5pm

Read more info and full criteria, and to apply here