OPEN: Micro bursaries

OPEN: Call for ideas

As part of our forthcoming event OPEN Live at LICA are offering three micro bursaries to North West-based artists who either make or are interested in making performance.

Artists at any career stage and working in any discipline may apply with ideas at the very early stages of development. Selected proposals will then receive development support in the form of £100 and an opportunity to talk about the idea further on Friday May 9th at OPEN. 

For details on how to apply, please visit our OPEN pages and download this document. Please email proposals to Closing date is midday, Wednesday April 16th.  

On Friday May 9th at OPEN, the micro bursary award winners will be invited to attend a discussion around supporting solo makers in developing themselves professionally and artistically. The morning session will aim to give practical advice on how to access and develop support networks for your practice. In the afternoon, the selected artists will be able to talk about their idea in more depth during one-on-one session with the following artists and members of the Live At LICA team.

OPEN: Participating mentors


Hetain Patel is a conceptual artist who began examining how identity is constructed, cultivated and performed through his photography. The natural evolution of Patel's work lead him to experiment with different artistic forms, including video and live performance. Having emigrated from India to the UK in the 60s, Patel is interested in the ways modes of culture and language intersect in our inevitable identity formation. Patel's impressive body of conceptual artwork intrigues viewers to look beyond "surface" identities that are gleaned by gender, class and ethnicity.


Amy Sharrocks is a live artist, sculptor and film-maker who invites people to come on journeys in which their own experience, communication and expression are a vital part. Undertaking these journeys with a sense of humour, joy and risk, Amy creates work that is rich, unpredictable and different every time. This invitation and the bravery and invention of people’s responses, produces new avenues for exploration and fantastic visions within the everyday.


Edwin Burdis explores a unique and extravagant fusion between art, music and sub-cultural references, working across sound, sculpture, painting and drawing. His drawings and paintings often set the tone for performances, all part of an on-going compulsion to produce.

In recent work, including ‘Fruit Machine’ and ‘MegaDairyPigFarm’, an opera is presented with a painting or series of paintings and acts as a link between the striking and surreal imagery and his rich sound vocabulary. Music acts both as a generating and resulting factor. Differentiating it from entertainment and eliminating what the artist describes as a ‘pay-off’ for the viewer; a performance he hopes will leave the viewer wanting more and making their own connections between all the elements in the gallery space.


Ria Hartley is an interdisciplinary solo performance artist, researcher and educator based in the South West of England. Working within the mediums of devised theatre, site-specific and durational performance, live art, installation, video, photography, one-to-one performance and socially –engaged art, her practice focuses on exchange, memory, interaction and communication, by constructing temporal, spatial and material encounters with a public, often to blur the relationship between performer and audience, space and situation. Her current research is autobiographical and investigates the retracing of her diasporic identity through (re)locating her absent, representational, material and genetic body. 

JAMIE EASTMAN, director, Live At LICA

RICHARD SMITH, curator, Live At LICA

LEO BURTIN, creative producer, Live At LICA