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Two years later, the word ‘lockdown’ has a new meaning to it...


YOUNG ARTISTS for Project Lockdown: Unlocked 

Are you aged between 16 and 25?

Do you enjoy performing, drama, dance, spoken word, making art?

We are looking for creative people aged between 16 and 25 to take part in an exciting and unique project in a mystery (COVID safe!) location in Manchester this August. 

In 2019, Contact and a group of 15 young people travelled to Antwerp for Project Lockdown. Over 24 hours the group were locked in museums across the city with young people from Belgium and the Netherlands, and were given the challenge of creating a show within that time. 

Two years later, the word ‘lockdown’ has a new meaning to it. So, in collaboration with Fameus in Antwerp (Belgium) and Art-Fact in Tilburg (Netherlands), we’re running Project Lockdown again in a new way.   

For 24 hours, a group of young creatives will occupy a mystery (COVID safe!) Manchester location. They’ll use this as their base to explore the theme of SPACE – be it physical space, space to breathe, taking up space. Working with artists and performance-makers Ali Wilson and Christopher Brown they’ll create a piece of live performance in response to this theme. 

But the group won’t be alone. Over the 24 hours, they’ll be connected by live link to young creatives in Belgium and the Netherlands. The three groups will offer each other conversation, prompts, and inspiration to help the making process. 

We’ll document our 24 hours, and the live performance we create, as a film that will be shown in arts festivals in Tilburg, Antwerp, and Manchester in autumn 2020. 


You’re aged between 16-25, based in Greater Manchester, and interested in the challenge of creating and performing a piece of live performance in 24 hours. You don’t need to have any experience of performing – and you might even prefer to take more of a backstage role – but you’ll be excited by the idea of working as a team, sleeping over in a mystery location, and making something together. 


You will be ‘locked down’ in the mystery location from the evening of Friday 13 August until the following evening 

This project will end on Sunday 15 August with a celebratory digital sharing between the three countries involved. We hope you can join us for this! 

Who are we?

As mentioned above, artists and performance-makers Ali Wilson and Christopher Brown will work with the group to create a piece of live performance in response to this theme. Here is a bit about them both:

“I’m looking forward to occupying a space in Manchester and making something exciting happen. We have a duty to enjoy ourselves after the year we’ve had and this project definitely invites a good time. Last year was exhausting but so much fun.” – Christopher Brown 

“Last time I was a participant on this project and had no idea how we would make a performance in 24hrs – but we did! I loved the chaos, the energy and the rush from it all. This year I have the chance to take part as a lead artist, and can’t wait to see how it all unfolds.” – Ali Wilson


To take part in this project, participants will need to; 

  • be available on Friday 13 (evening only) & Saturday 14 August (all day) 2021.  
  • be aged 16 –25 (permission from parents or guardian must be provided) 
  • provide their own sleeping bag and air mattress if possible 

All your travel expenses, food, and drinks will be provided throughout the project.  

If this sounds like you, please click here to register your interest. Or, alternatively, you can send the following information: 

  • Your name (first and last name please) 
  • Are you available on Friday 13 (evening)-Saturday 14 August? 
  • Why are you interested in Project Lockdown (Unlocked)? 
  • Your preferred contact method (phone/email) 

By text, phone, email, video or voice note to Rose Sergent – / 07587 051528 

Deadline to register: Monday 2 August, 10am 

After you have filled in the form we will contact you directly, at which point you can also let us know about any access needs you may have that you would like to discuss with us – we want to make this opportunity as accessible it can be.