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Liverpool Lighthouse – a place for artists to create, develop and thrive

Liverpool Lighthouse is launching a programme called the Artists’ Initiative, to support the development of artists, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds in the arts.

We are providing space for the development of new work and we are piloting a barter system where artists can benefit from resources, skills development opportunities and rehearsal and performance space in exchange for providing performances for our underserved local community and skills for our community arts programmes.

Keep an eye on this page for details of exciting new artists, work and performances coming to North Liverpool.

Here is some of the work we have been supporting recently: 


ADHD: The Musical | Dora and Jonathan "A beautiful, poignant, moving and incredibly important ride from start to finish. The humour, songs, dancing combined with the gorgeous rawness and honesty was truly special. 

Liverpool Lighthouse helped the artists behind ADHD: The Musical secure Arts Council funding by providing space for a workshop and 5 days of rehearsal space through our barter scheme


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When Another Dragon Roars by Altered State and Petite Ullaloom Theatre Companies is a show for children and adults featuring outstanding puppetry and storytelling with style, charm and humour.

Following popular performances in 2021 it is set to go on tour, but will first perform over 3 days for hundreds of children across North Liverpool the week of 14 September at Liverpool Lighthouse.

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WHITE SUN is a dance theatre piece, created and performed by Will Dickie that breaks down the dilemmas of one person’s power and privilege. Through a symphony of movement and text, the performance is political, humorous and both historical and of our current world.


WHITE SUN started at the Emergency Festival Manchester in 2019 and was selected for Word of Warning and Contact Theatre’s “Works Ahead” commissioning scheme. At the beginning of lockdown in May 2020 WHITE SUN was one of the first of the wave of live-streamed performances and has received close to 1000 YouTube hits.


Through our Artists’ Initiative, as part of our barter system, the concept of 'pay what you think' performances have emerged as a way to bring arts to our underserved local community. Generously, Will has agreed to bring a performance of this kind for North Liverpool communities on 30 September 2022 with a pre-show workshop earlier in the week.

The following artists are also being supported through the Artists’ Initiative: 

Polly Scott – developing a dance project with a North Liverpool focus for performance 

Danielle Reagan – stand-up comedy 

If you are an artist and you are interested in participating in our Artist’s Initiative, please contact us on Some of the things on offer through our barter system include: 

  • rehearsal, performance and recording studio space,  

  • skills development opportunities and wellbeing support through working and collaborating with other artists and Liverpool Lighthouse staff 

  • hot-desking with wifi, printing and access to tea and coffee facilities.  

A bespoke payment package that reflects your funding and what you have to offer in exchange will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis for each artist.