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First Take have partnered with Queer Bodies Poetry Collective to bring you Queer InSIGHT: A fusion of spoken word, film, visuals & music to explore the changing landscape of Gender & Sexuality. 

We’re looking to work with 10 exciting new Queer Poets and/or Spoken Word Artists in the Liverpool City Region on this experimental new programme of workshops, films, interactive poetry zines, vjing & Live Performance.

We want this programme to be a bold legacy of audio and visual work that encapsulates our community, hones and platforms the skills of our artists in development, and engages our audience in a conversation around the political landscape of what it means to be LGBTQ+.



Applicants must currently reside in the Liverpool city region. They must be 18+ years old.

No previous experience is necessary
Applicants must identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community
We welcome applications from all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and strongly encourage those who are underrepresented in the arts, such as D/deaf, disabled and Global Majority individuals to apply. 



Deadline for applications is Midnight on 18th August, 2022.

Click on the link below to find out more and fill out the online form.

Any applications that do not come through our Google Form will not be considered.

Queer InSight will take place between August-December 2022 and will consist of the following commitments:

– x4 weekly workshops starting in late August

– 1-1 session with musician and filmmakers

– 1 day of filming

– 1 day of editing

– 1 rehearsal and live performance




Jay Farley – Film/visuals

Jay is a non-binary, queer filmmaker/digital artist who has worked on award winning shorts, documentaries and feature length films. They have shot for broadcast throughout Europe and is a director at First Take. Their work as a digital artist began as an international creative activist, fusing art and insurrection and now with creative accessibility, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), interactive web and live streaming has featured in New York, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo. They are currently developing their own practice for the first time as a Spoken Word artist whilst integrating their film and digital art skills into their practice.

Day Mattar – Spoken Word/Poetry

Day Mattar is a queer, non-binary internationally published poet (Rialto, Lambda Literary, Rattle) and has a Masters degree in Poetry, with Distinction. Their pamphlet springing from the pewswas published by Broken Sleep Books, and they were a recipient of the FACT TOGETHER and QUEERCORE artist development grants in 2020. They have experience in performing, hosting, and producing events with Brendan (SPEW, EAT ME, and Queer Bodies Showcase, Homotopia Festival 2020). 

Corina Bibere – vj/visuals

Corina Bibere is a Romanian self taught digital artist based in Manchester. Working under the name hippiezilla, Corina works with different mediums to create colourful organic and cinematic projections for various creative events and live bands. She has delivered live VJ sets for events including Freerotation Festival, Bluedot Festival, Sounds from the Other City Festival and is a long time collaborator with Test Card and Space Cassette. Currently, she is one of the two resident visual artists for Brume, a bi-monthly night of live music focused on improvised sets and works in progress.


Brendan Curtis – Artistic Director (live Show)

Brendan Curtis is a queer, neurodiverse multidisciplinary host, writer, performer and chef, he has over 10 years experience producing and initiating grassroots projects (Eat Me, Spew, LQPC) and companies (Dough Theatre, Bearded Child) and forging collaborations with local organisations and communities. He is committed to creating accessible events and safer spaces that push boundaries of forms, showcase radical, inclusive work and act as a safe space for the queer community. He is Artistic Director of Eat Me.

Becky Downing – Producing

Becky Downing is a multi-disciplinary queer creative & producer. She has previously worked as a producer for the 99 Comedy Club, London, A project Co-ordinator for various projects with Writing on the Wall, and is a core member of Queer Bodies. She is currently co-producing A Lovely Word Festival and runs Liverpool based theatre company Flood, where she is the Co-Director. She is also the Co-director for environmental arts focused company Theatre in the Rough, and has been working in the arts across various sectors since 2012. 

Poetry/music/dance films 

Queer Projects

Past projects in the LGBTQi community include the award winning The Unlimited House of Krip which won Liverpool PRIDE Festival and was nominated for the IRIS PRIZE the largest LGBTQi+ film festival in the world. Also Pink, Past and Present which won Homo Hero Award from LGBT Foundation,  get us!!

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