HOMEWARD 2022: Call Out For Black heritage artists

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HOMEWARD is an academy devised by Lyrici Arts for Black heritage artists and we are looking for four local Black heritage artists based in Medway.

Would you like to collaborate to create and tour a celebratory show exploring what home, identity and culture mean to you?

Do you seek access to industry mentorship, training and profiling?

We want to hear from you if you answered yes to both questions!


HOMEWARD is an academy devised by Lyrici Arts for Black heritage artists. Through a programme of yearly events, participants will explore how the word ‘homeward’ connects with themes of personal identity, lived experience, culture, and heritage.

Co-commissioned by Creative Estuary to launch in summer 2022, this year’s body of work is focused around HOMEWARD: Soul Food and spotlights four local Black heritage artists, working together to develop and create a collection of 20-minute performance pieces linked intrinsically with their lyrical talents. Artists will have access to industry mentorship, training, and profiling. They will also receive directing and producing support to perform in a 80-minute show together, which will be live-streamed and platformed at theatre venues in Medway and Kent.

We are looking for four Black heritage artists aged 18+, living in or with a proven connection to Medway and its communities. We welcome lyrical acts including singers, dancers, poets, rappers, beatboxers, spoken word artists and artists with a performance or storytelling talent. Lyrici Arts are especially interested and passionate about highlighting Black heritage voices and those who are currently underrepresented.

The work will be explored through a 8-week programme of in-person and digital sessions during June and July 2022. Artists will also feature in a tour during October 2022 to GlassBox Theatre in Gillingham, The Woodville Theatre in Gravesend and The Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury in a celebration of community and the cultures that exist within it.

Creatives are encouraged to sign up to get mentoring and support to get their voices heard and share their stories.

Artists will be paid a fee of £2500 for 22 days from June – October 2022 broken down according to the following schedule of work:





14th & 15th June, 21st & 22nd June, 27th-29th June, 5th & 6th July, 12th & 13th July 2022. Group rehearsals and staging will take place on the 19 & 20th July.

Work in progress performances: HOMEWARD: SOUL FOOD, will include 2 days of technical rehearsals and 2 days of performances from 25th – 28th July in person.


Gulbenkian Tour 10th October

The Woodville Theatre Tour 11th October (matinee)

GlassBox Theatre Tour 17-18th October


How to Apply


If you are interested in being considered for the HOMEWARD 2022 Academy then please send us a video with your expression of interest and yourself performing your lyrical profession (this can be filmed on your phone) 

Also send us a short piece of writing (max 1 A4 page) or film (max 3 minutes) about:

• Who you are

• A sample of creative writing featuring the celebratory story you would like to explore around ‘Soul Food’

• Why you’d like to be part of HOMEWARD 2022 Academy


Please send your application to info@lyriciarts.com by 11:59 PM on Sunday 5th June 2022.  


Informal interviews will be held over Zoom on the 8th June 2022 with selected artists informed by Friday 10th June 2022.




Lyrici Arts are continually working to improve access to all aspects of our work, for everyone with specific individual requirements.

If you need further information or have specific access needs, please contact us and we will be happy to help.  

You can also let us know of any requirements when you apply.


HOMEWARD is an academy devised by Lyrici Arts for Black heritage artists. HOMEWARD 2022 is a Creative Estuary Co-commission. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England

HOMEWARD 2022 is kindly funded by Creative Estuary, Arts Council England, Medway Council, Kent County Council and Royal Opera House Bridge. It is supported by Colyer Fergusson Trust, GlassBox Theatre, The Woodville Theatre and The Gulbenkian Theatre.


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