Uprising is a part retreat/part professional development for artists of the global majority (GM) and QTIPOC (queer and trans people of colour) who want to cultivate their artistic practice, network, or just relax in a stimulating atmosphere! Up to 15 artists will take over the entire building from Fri 1 – Sun 3 September 2023 to do as they would like for the weekend!

Uprising 2023 will be the second iteration of the event. Last year, we had peer-led narrative writing and poetry workshops, circus and stretch workshops for all levels, nature walks, ongoing installations around the building, speed dating with ARC’s producers, a DJ and party, plus a few impromptu moments like a video game jam and a body painting/photoshoot jam! This year, we have focussed on inviting artists who want to make use of the ARC Stockton’s facilities to make, discuss, or test work during the retreat.

Uprising is designed to shift perceptions, welcome new artists to ARC and provide a GM-led space with access to the organisation’s resources, with the aim of building longer term relationships. For artists, it is designed to provide an opportunity to cultivate and enrich their artistic practice, to learn new skills, share existing ones and to build a peer network

Uprising is led by Artistic Director, Symoné created alongside steering group members Humira Imtiaz, Aerial Mel, Lauren Nicole Whitter, Hannabiell Sanders and Paula Varjack, and is supported by the Jerwood Foundation and Bradford Producing Hub.

Following an open call, the following artists were chosen to attend by the steering group:

Jova Bagioli-Reyes (they/she/he)
Chris Cambell (he/they)
Ffion Campbell-Davies (they/them)
Natalie Chan (she/her)
Alex Chand (she/they)
Jiayi Chen (she/they)
Daniela Cristo (she/her)
Hazel Lam (she/her)
Toni Lewis (she/they)
Dorine Mugisha (she/her)
Tahir Shah (he/him)
Maria Tarokh (she/her)