CIT invites text & art submissions from collaborations between writers & artists for publication in Loom Magazine, our limited edition publication celebrating new creative works.

We are looking for submissions on the theme of 'sequences' - for inspiration purposes only, this could be interpreted as repetition, duplication, mutation or variation. We are very happy for artists to interpret the theme in unique and original ways.

Three contributions will be selected for publication in the September 2019 issue of Loom, with collaborators awarded £500 to be shared beween each collaborating team.


  • Each collaboration should be between a writer and visual artist.

  • For each submission, the text should be no more than 500 words

  • For each submission, there should be no more than three pieces of visual work.

  • Text can be short / micro fiction, poetry or prose

  • Visual art components can be photography, illustration or fine art.

  • Only one submission per collaboration is permitted.

  • Collaborators can be based anywhere in the UK.

  • Text and visual pieces must be previously unpublished.

  • The purpose of this opportunity is to support collaborations, so submissions must come from partnerships rather than an individual

  • We encourage different mediums but for publication images need to be in digital format or scanned prior to submission

  • There is no submission fee.

  • Deadline for applications is Monday 13th May 2019 at 9am. Submissions after this time will not be accepted.

  • The selectors decision is final, no correspondence can be entered into regarding unselected entries.

  • Winning commissions will be notified by 31st May 2019.

  • Awards will be made prior to publication. Works will be published in September 2019 to coincide with the Northern Lights Writers Conference at Waterside in Mancheser on 21st September 2019.

  • Send your submission to cit@watersidearts.org - please ensure your images total no more than 5MB. We will request hi-res versions of images prior to publication.

This opportunity is funded by Arts Council England as part of CIT's Northern Lights Writers' Programme.

CIT is the artist development initiative based at Waterside in Sale, Manchester. CIT supports copyright retention for artists.

For more information, please email cit@watersidearts.org



Waterside and Creative Industries Trafford (CIT) launch a new support package for theatre-makers and artists with the support of Arts Council England as part of the upcoming Refract Festival:


Making Waves aims to provide a helping hand to makers, artists and companies in overcoming the challenges and barriers faced when touring new work or considering the future life of their projects. This could be a financial contribution, support in getting your work seen by programmers or just a sounding board.

This package aims to support work which has already been made or in the process of being so, potentially with touring plans or Edinburgh Fringe dates with a view to subsequently tour.

Waterside and CIT pride themselves on how we can support artists; easy access to resources, close working relationships with the small team and a concentrated focus on the artist. We provide a space in which both artists & their projects can breathe, develop and grow.

Please note: this is not our annual commission opportunity; this project is devised as an additional layer of support to meet different needs of artists. Our commission opportunity will still be taking place later this year.


We will be awarding a number of Making Waves bursaries – we expect to award two of these through the open call process.

The successful recipients will receive:

• £600 support package towards the future life of the show

• Programmed performance as part of Refract:19 (double-billed with another show) with a £500 guarantee vs 70/30 split in our Chambers studio space.

• Inclusion in Refract:19 and Making Waves PR and marketing campign.

• Support from the Theatre Commissions Coordinator – we recognise each project is different and the support provided will be tailored to your needs.

• Rehearsal space subject to availability and requirements

Whilst our remit is to support work within the North, for this opportunity we are keen to hear from any artists who have ambition to present in work in the North and look forward to developing relationships with these artists in the future.


As with all our call-outs, we do not have prescribed criteria in terms of style, substance, or form other than this has to be new work. However, we are particularly interested in supporting work that may not be regularly seen in the region and is risk-taking and innovative in its nature.

Your proposed piece must be able to be performed in our Chambers studio space; cannot be a restaging of a published text and can be no longer than 75 minutes in length.

As with festival programming, get-in and get-out times are particularly tight and would be required to be limited no more than 30 minutes as the performance will form part of a double-bill. Please note, this does not include your tech.

You must available a performance (or preview) on either Wed 24th July or Thu 25th July for an evening slot.

For more information about what we're looking for and guidance, please download the guidance notes here.


Please ensure you have read and considered the application guidance notes before applying. 
To submit an application please follow the link below.

The deadline for submissions for this opportunity is 12 noon on Tuesday 16 April.


If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch with Theatre Commissions Coordinator, Ross Carey on ross@watersidearts.org