Emergency 22 - call for proposals - now closed


The 22nd Emergency will take place on Saturday 1 October 2022 in its seventh home, Contact, and aims to return to its normal format of daytime durational and limited capacity work; followed by an evening of short show-type pieces of work (max 20 min), works in progress or extracts of longer works.

The event’s objectives are to be:

  • a free to access public micro-festival and open submission platform;
  • an opportunity for artists to meet, show and peer review work;
  • a selection event for a number of small Works Ahead commissions to be produced by hÅb + Contact;

Artists working in Live Art, contemporary performance, time-based media and interdisciplinary arts are now invited to submit proposals. Work can be in any relevant artform/medium, though some live presence is desirable.

Spaces available (please see document below)

  • Contact is a big multi-space building which has just undergone a major capital expansion and refurbishment.
  • Spaces available include a theatre, a black box studio, a multi-purpose events space, a large + a smaller rehearsal rooms, a meeting room, a café-bar, various landings + alcoves.
  • For daytime work Bar, First Floor Foyer, Meetings Room, Space 1 Lobby, Space 3 + Space 4 and possibly Space 0.
  • For evening work Space 1, Space 2 + Space 0. Evening show type work max 20 mins. 

The Space Information below outlines the main rooms, but there may be other small areas – which we might put work in. If you are looking for a type of space not listed, please select “Other – public” or “Other – private” and describe the kind of space you want and we’ll see if anything fits!

Please note: Emergency 2022 will offer an honorarium of £150 per piece selected, to cover fees/expenses. For artists coming from beyond Greater Manchester we may be able to offer an additional discretionary contribution to travel. Proposals needing a higher level of budget, or additional access costs please talk to us via emergency@habmcr.org; before applying.

If you feel you want a conversation before applying - you can book a 30 minute slot with Tamsin via GM Artist Hub on Mon 4 + Mon 11 Jul between 12+2pm.

Selection process & criteria:

Final selection will be by a panel from hÅb and Contact on the basis of suitability to artistic parameters and technical and logistical feasibility.

  • Deadline for proposals – Friday 5 August , 5pm
  • Selected artists will be notified BY 2 September.
  • There will be a technical meeting either in person or remotely on Sat 17 September.
  • Emergency takes place on Saturday 1 October, 12-10pm (times tbc)

How to apply

  • All applicants must complete the online application form at https://habarts.wufoo.com/forms/m1opaj9n0l0hxsl/
  • All Proposals uploaded will be acknowledged by automated email. If you have trouble with the form, please contact us. If you do not receive an acknowledgement you must contact us as it indicates a problem with receipt.
  • We would also be grateful if you would complete an online monitoring form at https://forms.gle/HV5demqBwvcBLmS47