Want to pitch an idea?

We meet twice a month to discuss ideas for our future programme. While there are a lot more proposals than we can support, we review every proposal that meets our guidelines for ambitious new work. 

If we feel a project might be right for us we’ll meet with you to discuss next steps, such as a research and development (R&D) period. It's great if proposals involve collaborations between a group of artists, but if you are looking for a team to help develop your idea, we may also be able to help with that. 

Don't write a complicated proposal – just send us the key info about your ideas, what you've done in the past, and how you plan to develop the idea. 

For writers interested in our artistic programme*, we don't read full scripts, but if you want to include a few sample pages with your proposal, that will help us to get a sense of your work.

Proposals should be send to interest@factoryinternational.org. We will aim to get back to you within 8 weeks to let you know whether your proposal meets our key criteria and will be taken to our Curatorial Group for further review.

*For editorial writers, opportunities to write for our online platform Factory+ are on a callout and commissioning basis, rather than open submissions. Keep an eye out on our socials and artist development webpages for future opportunities or drop us a line on editorial@factoryinternational.org with a link to your portfolio to get on our radar for commissioning. 

What kind of projects are we looking for?

Original – bold, new ideas that have never been seen or done before.

Large-scale – to maximise the possibilities of our new purpose-built cultural space.

Innovative – from cutting-edge technologies to new ways of thinking about sustainability and access.

Interdisciplinary – to blur boundaries between art forms and create new possibilities.

International – to bring the best new work from around the world to Manchester.

Manchester-based – to showcase the breadth of talent across Greater Manchester.

Collaborative – to engage our local communities and help train the next generation of talent.

By Global Majority artists – to reflect the diversity of our city and its many creative communities.

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Phone: 0333 322 8679

Phone lines are open Monday to Saturday, 10am–6pm.

Accessible ticketing can also be booked online and via email and phone.

Below is an overview of access booking information:

Online booking: How to book Access and PA Tickets

Email Address: access@factoryinternational.org

Phone number: 0161 817 4531 (phone lines are open 10am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday)

For questions about jobs and recruitment please email - recruitment@factoryinternational.org

For volunteering opportunities please email - volunteering@factoryinternational.org

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Whether you’re a school, social group or just a group of family and friends, we want you to enjoy our year-round programme of events at Aviva Studios.

To book for groups of 10 or more, please contact groups@factoryinternational.org or call 0161 817 4531 (phone lines are open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

For any general enquires please contact:

Email: info@factoryinternational.org

If you have any feedback or complaints, please contact us at feedback@factoryinternational.org and we'll do our best to help.


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