Hear Me Roar 2017 Commission Call

Hear Me Roar 2017 Commission
Call for proposals
New work for audiences up to 12 years old

Hear Me Roar! is a project led by an unincorporated steering committee of artists, creative producers, academics, activists and members of the local community. For two years running in March 2015 and 2016, the group has curated an outspokenly feminist arts festival, celebrating diversity and seeking to spark positive conversations around achieving equality.

Ahead of the festival’s third edition, which will take place in Lancaster in Spring 2017, we are commissioning an artist or company to develop a new artwork.

In 2017, the festival will explore ideas of LABOUR, PROTEST & CLASS, and will build on our commitment to championing equal opportunities.

We are now calling for proposals for a new commission. This commission is for a piece of feminist art (performance, visual art, music, film or cross art form) that is created for young audiences (up to 12 years old). The work can target a more specific age group, e.g. under 5s. Proposals that have a socially engaged nature, or include a participatory element will be looked upon favourably. The proposal can directly address the theme of the 2017 festival, although this is not essential. 

This commission includes:

  • An initial cash investment of £2,500.
  • Artistic, dramaturgical and producer support from Lancaster Arts Producer Alice Booth and Hear Me Roar! Producer Leo Burtin throughout the development period of the project, including support in securing additional funding for the project if necessary
  • The opportunity to premiere the piece as part of Hear Me Roar in 2017
  • Support in securing rehearsal space, and/or access to research materials
  • Technical support for the presentation of the piece at the 2017 festival
  • Marketing support for the presentation of the piece at the 2017 festival, and (negotiated) ongoing marketing support for any future life of the project
  • Strategic support to ensure the piece can be toured, if appropriate

Selection process
The commission will be selected by the Hear Me Roar committee, with a representative from the target age group and a parent/guardian. The selection panel will be rigorously minuted and chaired by an independent party.


Proposals will be shortlisted based on:

  • Evidence that your proposal is for a new work, or a work currently in development
  • The clarity, and overall artistic quality of the proposal
  • The relevance of your proposal to the HMR feminist context: HMR is committed to creating playful and engaging environments in which to develop audiences for feminist arts practices, artworks of feminist interest, and other activities exploring equality and diversity. HMR is committed to ensuring that it is at the forefront of innovation in terms of the form, content and context of its activities.
  • The experience and track record of the artist(s) in delivering similar projects (applicants must be able to demonstrate they have at least three years professional experience)
  • Suitability of the project for the target audience
  • Track record of making work for/with this target group 
  • The demonstrable potential for direct engagement of the target groups
  • Your consideration of equality and diversity within your proposal
  • A feasibility assessment, taking into account the project timeline and proposed budget


Applications open: 9th May

Applications close: 5th June 12noon

Shortlist compiled: 20th June

Interviews: From 23rd June

Commission selected: w/c 27th June

July-August: Artists develop ideas + Fundraising

September: Deadline for submitting additional funding applications as appropriate

Autumn/Winter: Development of the work

Spring: Premiere presentation at Hear Me Roar 2017: Labour, Protest, Class. The festival is currently set to take place 27th April – 1st May 2017.

How to apply

To apply, please send the following to leo@making-room.co.uk by 12noon 5th June

  • A proposal, on no more than 2 sides of A4, responding to the commission criteria
  • A proposed budget for the overall project (given the timeline of this commissioning process, we would expect most proposals to have a maximum budget of £15,000)
  • A cover sheet including your name and contact information (please include a telephone number and a website), your organisation details (if applicable), a maximum of 3 links to additional information about you and/or previous projects

Further information and contact

To find out more about the festival and our projects, you can browse the Hear Me Roar website.

If you have any questions, or wish to request an informal conversation about your project, you may contact:

Alice Booth alice@lancasterarts.org or Leo Burtin leo@making-room.co.uk

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Should your require this call out in any other format, please contact Leo Burtin leo@making-room.co.uk