Arun Ghosh Canticle of the Sun Hull Minster Freedom Festival 2022 - Thursday 1st September-235 (Large)

Artists Development and Submissions

Brave. Bold. Brilliant.

Nurturing talent and inspiring the next generation of artists

Freedom Festival Arts Trust is an independent organisation very passionate and committed to supporting artists to develop new ideas and produce new work nationally and internationally. 

The original work and artists that we support and present is an essential part of our success as a world class creative producing house and gives our audiences unique and relevant creative experiences. Committed to innovation in art in public space, we encourage and support artists to experiment with new approaches, practices and technologies with a focus on environmental sustainability, technological innovation, diversity and social relevance and reform.

We hold a valued position amongst our industry partners, both as presenters and producers who support ideas from the beginning into development and onwards with a view to offer both presenting and touring opportunities both nationally and internationally.

We work closely with our existing networks particularly the Creative Europe-funded InSitu network to support UK artists into international opportunities and to expand their touring markets.
In our experience, artists require a bespoke support programme alongside any commissioning fees to allow them to truly be supported to develop genuinely innovative, world-class work, from ideas into development towards production.
We have a core team of experts with extensive experience of more than 20 years of supporting artists in this way and aspire to enhance and formalise the level of support we can give.

Currently we do this in a number of ways including:

• Commissioning multiple artists locally and nationally every year
• Financial support
• World-class skills workshops and participatory activities led by experienced National and International artists
• Mentoring and residential opportunities for artists to develop ideas.
• Listening to artists and linking them to opportunities and potential collaborators nationally and internationally
• Holding the space (philosophically and physically) for artists to develop ideas more rigorously and in more depth
• Working with cross-sector experts to influence and support ideas development and inform content

Our focus will always be on supporting artists developing work for public space that is:

• Relevant and innovative
• Tackles larger issues
• Adopts new technologies
• Provides new and rigorous forms of creative participation
• Always accessible to as many different audiences as possible
• Nurturing and developing the next generation of artists for public space
• We will work with and support artists who are new to art in public space, are established or coming from other disciplines, and we will always look to develop new young creative talent.

If you have an idea you're developing and would like to discuss this with us, meet with one of our team and to tell us more please email
We do get a lot of enquiries and are a small team, so please do bear with us if we don't reply immediately.

We commission work each year from artists and companies locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, providing opportunities for artists to make great work and for the people of Hull to experience amazing artistic experiences.

We support the creation of work not only to be shown at Freedom Festival, but to reach audiences across the UK and internationally. With a distinctive creative voice, we enrich our society, giving artistic expression to themes of democracy, identity, human rights and freedom.

Freedom Festival - The Vigil - 29th April 2021-107 (Large)

Future Commissions and Applications

Our festival programme is curated by our in-house artistic team and led by our Artistic Director and CEO. We collaborate with extraordinary artists from Hull, the UK and internationally to create and present unmissable world-class experiences for our audiences.

If you are interested in performing at the Freedom Festival, please send a proposal of your intended work to with the following information:

  • An outline of your show/work
  • A bio of you/your company
  • Links to videos/images/sound clips of your work
  • Cost and budget breakdown
  • Tech requirements
  • Links to website and social media channels
  • Details of past and upcoming shows
  • Any additional information

Please note: We receive a large amount of creative submissions annually, we also commission and produce a lot of the festival content in house and also work with various creative networks and touring programs nationally and internationally, this makes us a very busy small team and means we are not able to reply in person to every submission.


Who have we previously supported?

Our past and current comissions