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Homegrown Programme

This season we are inviting artists from all across the East region to come and play in our new Homegrown Programme.

Homegrown is the Mercury’s new Artist Development programme.

The programme gets its name from the chemical symbol for Mercury, which is Hg.

Hg stands for Homegrown.

Our Homegrown programme is designed to support and foster artists based in the East who want to research, explore and test their ideas.

If you are an artist in the region and have a project you are working on and would like:

  • Rehearsal space
  • Support through mentoring with an individual development plan
  • Help with funding applications
  • Producers toolkit masterclasses
  • A showcase evening of rehearsed work in June
  • An opportunity for selected pieces to get into Hg Festival which will be the opening festival in the studio when our fully refurbished theatre opens.


Then please apply to become part of our Homegrown Programme, details below.

How to apply?

Entry on the programme is through a combination of invitation and open call. If you would like to apply you can do so by answering the below questions in writing, recording a short video or recording an audio clip.

  1. What’s your name?
  2. Where are you based?
  3. What type of creative are you (writer, lighting designer, dancer etc.)?
  4. If you have a company what is its name?
  5. Do you have a website link?
  6. What idea/project would you like to further?
  7. If you don’t have a project would you like to link up with another creative/company?
  8. Why is the Mercury important to you at this point in your development?
  9. What 3 questions or things would you like to ask or learn?
  10. Do you have any access requirements?

Answer the questions above and send to


In light of the current national health emergency, we will be making some changes to the application dates for the Homegrown Programme.

We will be updating this page soon with the amended dates.

Please do continue to apply for the Homegrown Programme by emailing your application to

We look forward to hearing from you.

So, what are you waiting for?  Come and Play!

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