Beyond Queer – strategies for changing the world

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In the face of continued austerity, over-population, mass migration, global warming, and famine we are told we are past the point of prevention, and now in the era of adaptation.

So, in the face of catastrophe who might lead the way? Those on the outside and in the margins have always been the masters of adaptation – might they hold some valuable knowledge and potential solutions?

What could be the role for LGBTQIA+ artists in sorting out the shit?  Is it time to re-focus, recognising that identity politics and the fight for equality is not enough in the face of global disaster? Might we all need to re-imagine a new way of living and being together; mobilising and building new communities working toward a bigger cause?

This four day intensive LAB, hosted and facilitated by Lois Weaver and Scottee will create a forum for discussion and experimentation; a  supportive and radicalised space to think the unthinkable, get angry, make mess and mistakes, and explore strategies for new artworks, interventions and ways of being. It is a call to action.

Guest speakers include eco drag warrior Timberlina and Stef Dickers, Library and Archives Manager at Bishopsgate Institute



You will be a UK based practicing professional artist working in any discipline (eg. visual arts and craft, film, sound, performance, live art, spoken word). You will define yourself as LGBTQIA+. You can be of any age and we are particularly keen to hear from younger and older artists who are at different points in their career. We are keen to have the widest breadth of experiences and knowledge in the room, and explore opportunities for intergenerational dialogue. You must be available to attend the full LAB week (Tuesday 5th – Friday 8th March 2019) in Peterborough. All travel, accommodation and meals will be provided. We encourage all participants to stay overnight in the host city, maximising the opportunities to spend time with your cohort.


Timetable and Deadline for applications


If you are interested in this opportunity, please fill in the online application form.

Application deadline Monday 7th January 2019

If you require any further information please call Mark Richards on 01733 893077 or email

Notification of selected artists will be by Monday 21st January 2019



About the Mentors

Lois Weaver is an artist, activist, writer, director, and Professor of Contemporary Performance at Queen Mary University, London. She is a Guggenheim Fellow and currently Wellcome Trust Fellow in Engaging Science. Her work centers on feminism, human rights and possibilities for public participation. Active for over four decades she is the founding member of significant New York theatre companies Spiderwoman (1975), Split Britches (1980) and WOW (Women’s One World Cafe) (1980). Weaver came to London to take on the role of artistic director for Gay Sweatshop Theatre Company in 1992.. She lives in New York and London.


Scottee is an artist and writer, working across theatre, fine art and installation.
In 2010, as an emerging artist he won the title of Time Out Performer of the Year, since then he has been creating provocative work for audiences across UK, Europe, Australia, Japan and the US. His debut solo tour The Worst of Scottee won the prestigious Total Theatre Award in 2014. In 2016 he was included on Independent’s Rainbow List as one of Britain’s most influential LGBTQI+ people.

Scottee’s critically acclaimed Putting Words in Your Mouth uncovered a queer community turning to neo-nationalist groups and was named one of Matt Trueman’s top shows of 2017. This quickly followed sell-out tour and his first stage text Bravado exploring working class masculinity. Currently he is touring ‘a sort of dance show’ Fat Blokes across England, Scotland and Ireland. Scottee is not easily definable, his work is brash, political and will often purposefully leave you a bit annoyed, overwhelmed but never impartial.


Timberlina is ‘the world’s premier ecologically minded bearded drag queen’… producing and performing professionally across the heritage and creative sectors for the last 10 years. Their work challenges the status quo around accepted norms of LGBTQ and ecological narratives, especially in the context of community, social and cultural history. They create informal, informative and hilarious events that disrupt the daily routine, spread warmth and engage all audiences and any venue from domestic kitchens to national institutions.


About Metal

Metal was founded by Jude Kelly OBE in 2002 and was created as an artistic laboratory to champion the need for continual investment in artistic investigation and the development of innovative ideas that could shift the thinking in the UK cultural sector. We provide innovative, multi-disciplinary residency space for artists from the UK and overseas in Liverpool, Southend on Sea and Peterborough.

Alongside providing space for artists and thinkers to develop their ideas and further the philosophy of their work, we are interested in how this artistic process, and the practice of artists can input into, and potentially influence political and social issues of the day. Through our artistic programme we draw out evidence and ideas for a better understanding of the artist’s role in civic life, and ensure that these are shared with a wide and diverse set of partners.  These ideas are showcased and disseminated on a regular basis through residencies, exhibitions, events, performance, discussion and publications.

For information on previous projects and our residencies see


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