An Art Soup With Special Support for Artists of Caribbean and African Heritage

Open Source Arts are dedicated to finding innovative ways to create more equitable financial structures which support artists from all backgrounds to create work. We are also committed to helping audiences participate in the sustainability of the art which they love. As a part of that practice, and as part of our calendar of events for Black History Month this October, we are hosting a Black Joy Matters edition of our established Art SOUP microgranting event. We will be offering 4 artists who have African or Caribbean heritage the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a project they want to develop, celebrating Black Joy.

Leeds funding opportunity artists yorkshire pitch idea creative performer maker project
Leeds funding opportunity artists yorkshire pitch idea creative performer maker project

We don’t want to wash over the very real and life-threatening issues that black people face both in this country and overseas; documenting and critiquing racist power structures is absolutely vital work. We hope instead that this SOUP will create space for the celebration of black brilliance and joy as an act of resistance! 


 If you’re new to the concept, Art SOUP is a democratic micro-granting experiment where 4 local artists deliver a pitch for a project or concept they’re developing, and the audience who attend choose one of them to receive a pot of funding that they have created. Our previous SOUP events have been really well populated, and artists have gone away with grants between £125 and £150 to develop their projects.

We really want to support artists in a holistic way to show up and create their best possible presentation.  We love to support artists to get their show on the road, and similarly, we want to support all artists involved in this SOUP event to present their pitches in the way which really represents the essence of their work and make sure we are overcoming any technological hiccups, before they happen on the night, therefore as part of the process, we want to offer pitching and technical support and advice for everyone who pitches at the SOUP.  This will take place ahead of the event.


  Our technical specialists are committed to working with anyone who pitches on the night to ensure they have had an equitable opportunity to develop their online personal representation skills over the course of the process. We also want to commit to working with every artist that applies to the SOUP in a bespoke way to progress their project in any way we can, so that even if an application is unsuccessful, there will hopefully be some way in which we can help!  We really want to hear from you if you can imagine any support which will help you take your pitch to the next level!

We also want to be 110% clear that if applying for a spot on the Black Joy Matters Art Soup you will absolutely be eligible to apply for future soups – this is a focussed opportunity for artists of African and Caribbean heritage, in honour of black history month and we want to make it abundantly clear that we welcome applications for future soups from all artists, of all heritages and cultures, but this particular event is specifically held for artists of African and Caribbean heritage.  


 You can buy tickets for the event here:…/black-joy-matters-art-soup/


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