Manifestos for the Future Online Summer School

SpiralHolds #03, Phoebe Davies, 2020

Application Deadline has passed

COVID-19 Announcement Update: As a commitment to the wellbeing of staff, volunteers, artists, and the local community, Mansions of the Future and Proto-type Theater have taken the decision to postpone the Manifestos for the Future Summer School originally scheduled to take place 13 – 17 Julyand extend the application deadline until Monday 29 June. The Summer School will take place online from 17 – 21 August 2020. 


Mansions of the Future and Proto-type Theater invite artists, theatre makers and creative practitioners living or professionally based in the Midlands to encounter radical and challenging approaches to creating work and developing their practice. 

Designed for creative practitioners looking to explore and develop their expanding practices, the Summer School will consist of workshops, talks, new work development, discussion and debate supported by guest speakers. The week will end with an invitation to develop and share your own manifesto for change – artistic, personal or societal. An up to date programme can be downloaded here

The Summer School is hosted by Mansions of the Future, an arts and culture hub located in Lincoln dedicated to exploring the relationship between art, culture and democracy, and Proto-type, a company of multi-disciplinary artists creating original, politically and socially engaged work across the UK.

Candidates who face cultural, social, physical or economic barriers to applying for opportunities in the arts and those who have lived experience of incarceration or detention are particularly encouraged to apply – with our assessors understanding our commitment to equality and diversity.

Participation in the Summer School is free, and we can also provide support in the form of a bursary to applicants who require assistance with travel or accommodation expenses. Please indicate below if you would like to apply for additional financial support. 

We are exciting to announce that the programme will include contributions from artist Alison Lloyd, artist and researcher Phoebe Davis, artist working in writing and performance Francesca Millican-Slater and self-producing artist duo Chatum Tanning (Rohanne Udall and Paul Hughes). You can download the Online Summer School programme and schedule here. Additional programme contributions are still to be added, including two optional evening events, which will also be open to the general public. 

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