Homemakers Open Call February 2021

As HOME remains closed during this latest lockdown, we’re continuing our commitment to finding ways to support the vital freelance artistic community by creating opportunities to celebrate and create art.

We are looking for five North West based theatre or live art-makers to create work at home, for an audience who are also at home.

The selected artists will receive a fee of £1000, support from our team and a split of the box office income.

For accessible versions of this information, please refer to the Opportunity Information box to the side or bottom of this page.

You can also listen to this information via audio or BSL here

What we are looking for (the brief):

  • Proposals for new work that can be made within a £1000 budget and created at your home for an audience who are also at home.
  • Work that is new to the public (e.g. not a recording of a previous show, or a reading of a previously performed/published text).You can use some pre-existing material (your own or others’) as long as you have permission.
  • Work that can be made available to audiences online through HOME’s website, on a pay-what-you-decide basis.
  • Work that is of any length, and in whatever form you like – video, audio, text, visual, a PowerPoint presentation, instructions for a game, a live-streamed performance, a personalised phone call… whatever you want to do. We will then figure out a way to make it happen to the best of our abilities.

Ideally the work will be delivered to us within two weeks of the decision date so we can start making work available to the public as soon as possible. However, we appreciate that everyone is dealing with very different circumstances, so we are happy to discuss this with you individually.

Who can apply?

  • Artists living in the North West (Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside or any red zone on this map)
  • Artists working in any artform that can be delivered within the brief
  • Individuals or companies, of any level of experience – though you will need to demonstrate some experience.

We are keen to hear from a wide range of people from across the region. We particularly welcome applications from those currently under-represented in the industry as a result of barriers arising from social, gender, financial, ethnic, cultural, geographic or educational disadvantage or disability.

How to apply

We have been working with the National Freelance Taskforce to look at our application process. In response to their feedback, we are changing the way artists apply for commissions at HOME. There will be now be a two-step process;

Step one

Complete an expression of interest and monitoring form

We are asking initially for brief expressions of interest via this short Google form or audio/video (see details below). HOME will then employ a panel of independent freelance artists to shortlist around 10/12 applications to take to stage two.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer any feedback on step one applications.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 12pm, Fri 26 Feb 2021

Shortlisted Applications notified: Weds 10 Mar 2021

Step two (shortlisted applicants only)

The shortlisted expressions of interest will then be invited to submit a more detailed application – these artists will each receive £50 to cover the time spent doing this.

These applications will then be discussed by the independent artist panel alongside the HOME producing team. All applications at this stage will receive detailed feedback collated from the Artist Panel discussions.

Deadline for Stage two applications: Weds 17 Mar 2021

Successful applicants notified: Weds 24 Mar 2021

Expression of interest questions and tips

How to apply for Stage one

We accept responses in a variety of formats;

  • A written expression of interest via this Google form


  • A voice recording or short video via email

Your recording/video must include the following;

  • Your name
  • Postcode
  • Contact number
  • Email
  • A little bit about you and the work you make (approx. 300 words)
  • Links to examples of your previous work
  • An outline of what you would like to do and how you would do it (approx. 450 words)
  • Any support you might need from HOME


Download one of our accessible forms (dyslexia friendly, large print, word.doc) and email to  talentdevelopment@homemcr.org with subject line ‘Your name, Homemakers Commission’.



Those important dates once again


Deadline for expressions of interest: 12pm, Fri 26 Feb 2021

Shortlisted Applications notified: Weds 10 Mar 2021

Deadline for Stage two applications: Weds 17 Mar 2021

Successful applicants notified: Weds 24 Mar 2021