Milk Presents: Summer Summit for early-career LGBTQIA+ artists

Closing date: Fri 15 Jul 2022: 5pm

A weekend-long summer retreat for early-career LGBTQIA+ artists with special guests on 9 – 11 September 2022. It’s camp(ing)!

Summer Summit is for a group of UK-based, early-career artists to explore queer performance practice via a rural residential retreat. Hosted in collaboration with The HopBarn Centre for Music and Creative PerformanceHomotopia and Curious Arts, join a meeting of minds in the middle of the English Midlands, for a retreat-style weekender where you can explore new skills, take time for resting in nature and build your queer family.

The weekend will be held by Milk Presents’ Artistic Director, Leo Skilbeck with other members of the Milk Presents team. The weekend’s activities will take place in several locations on-site: an indoor studio, a covered barn and the surrounding countryside. 

Who’s it for?

– Artists over 18 years old

– Artists who identify as LGBTQIA+ 

– Artists in the first five years of their professional career as an artist 

– Artists who work in performing arts, for example, but not limited to: theatre makers, writers, designers, producers, cabaret performers, dancers, choreographers, directors

What’s included?

– A free weekend of workshops, talks and activities delivered by Milk Presents.

– All meals provided

– Three days camping in the countryside, or alternative indoor accessible accommodation for up to two people who aren’t able to camp or would benefit from this provision.

– £60 travel/equipment contribution

What you need to bring: 

– A tent & sleeping items (sleeping bag/mat/airbed/etc.) 

– Warm & wet weather clothing that’s comfortable to move about in

– Practical shoes 

– A torch

– Towel and toiletries

– Notebook and pen or something to make notes on

– Snacks to keep you going in-between meals.

They will provide the following support for participants: 

– A contribution towards all participants’ travel of £60

– An on-site Wellbeing Officer to support participants, taking into account the additional challenges that trans, queer, disabled, Black & Global Majority artists may encounter in a rural setting and being away from home

– Provision to respond to access needs on an individual basis including accessible rooms for up to two people who aren’t able to camp or would benefit from indoor accessible accommodation. This is to support disabled, deaf, neurodivergent artists and artists who have long term health conditions and/or additional access needs

– Additional financial support is available for a small number of artists who are socio-economically disadvantaged and who would otherwise not be able to attend the weekend  

– Provision to respond to care costs on an individual basis to support artists with caring responsibilities 

We are happy to discuss your access needs before application. Please email 

How do I apply?

Apply here & complete the following monitoring form by 5pm, Fri 15 July 2022 :

If you would prefer to respond to our forms by video or audio recording, please email your responses to by the above deadline.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application by Fri 5 August 2022.

Participants will be selected by the following criteria:

– Suitability of Summer Summit form & content with participants’ development journey 

– Diversity in art form & practice

– Diversity of participant geographical location 

– Places will be prioritised for those who have faced racism, discrimination and/or cultural barriers due to being Black, of the Global Majority, Disabled, Deaf, Neurodivergent, having a long term health condition and/or socio-economically disadvantaged.

We regret that we will not be able to provide individual feedback on unsuccessful applications but we will give an indication of how applications fared in relation to the selection criteria

As part of our Making An Entrance and QueerChange programme, Summer Summit is supported by Jerwood Arts Development Fund and Arts Council England, and delivered in partnership with The HopBarn Centre for Music and Creative PerformanceHomotopia and Curious Arts.

If you have any questions about the application process or require more details about Summer Summit please email

Closing date: Fri 15 Jul 2022: 5pm