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An artist development project run by Home For Waifs And Strays and supported by Jerwood Charitable Trust and Arts Council England. The project is designed to develop and showcase some of the amazing talent that the West Midlands has to offer.

We are very pleased to announce the selected artists for the Homegrown Artist Development Programme.
We have had a lot of very good applications for this project and making the decision as to which 7 artists to select was very tough. The competition was fierce and we had to turn down some very good applications so very well done to all the successful artists!


Albert Smith

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Albert Smith is a baker, nurse, comedian and performer that loves to use the metaphors of bread making to explore his ideas.

Andy Howlett

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Andy Howlett is an artist and filmmaker who is interested in exploring the city he lives in, teasing out the hidden narratives of the streets and making art from the findings. A preoccupation with the moving image prevails and the artist is seeking new ways to explore the possibilities of cinema as a live medium.

Caitlin Griffiths

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Caitlin Griffiths is a visual artist based in the West Midlands working in video, text and performance. Driven by a primary desire to understand herself and her place in the world she creates situations for other people to understand themselves better, through conversations, performances and formal exchanges of stories.

China Dethcrash

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China Dethcrash is a swamp witch, performer and storyteller formed of the dirt of the Yorkshire Moors.

Hayley Frances

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Hayley Frances is a practicing theatre maker, writer and performance artist. Starting her artistic career as a performance poet, her creative writing and productions have begun to evolve from a one woman stage presence, to experimental performances that submerge the audience into the heart of a story.
She is the founder and artistic director of IMPE.Productions, an immersive production company creating multi-sensory theatrical experiences.

Myah Jeffers

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Myah Jeffers is a writer and theatre maker based in Birmingham. She has created and presented work with Birmingham REP, Talawa Theatre, Theatre Royal Stratford East, mac Birmingham, The Roundhouse, Battersea Arts Centre and the BBC.
As an advocate for art for social change, her work to date explores themes of feminism, representation, mental health and sexuality.
She is currently developing her first solo performance, ‘womb’, which fuses poetry and theatre to follow the ramblings, thoughts and decisions of a pubescent girl who is coming to terms with her sexual desires.

Sebastion H-W

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Sebastian H­W (MX:UK) is a live artist based in the West Midlands and the South­East whose work explores identity, memory, technology, interactivity and the body, through expanded and experimental approaches to live performances, audience experiences and action­based interventions.

The Project

The selected artists will get to spend 4 months developing a new piece of work. As the work evolves they will be able to perform it at each of our partner organisations venues (see below for details). Each artist will be paired with a mentor to aid in their development in addition to receiving guidance and support from ourselves and feedback from each organisation after each performance. In addition they will attend talks on making, documenting, producing and funding from experts in these fields (these talks will be open to the public, see below for details).

The mentors are some of the most innovative and exciting live artists currently working in the UK. We are very excited to announce they will be:

Adam Young
Anne Bean………………………www.annebean.net
Antonio Roberts………………..www.hellocatfood.com
Lauren Barri Holstein…………..www.thefamousomg.com
Madeleine Botet De Lacaze……www.madeleinebotetdelacaze.com
Martin O Brien………………….www.martinobrienperformance.weebly.com
Ria Jade Hartley………………..www.riahartley.com


The performances will be hosted by our project partners in their respective cities. Watch this space for the announcements of times and locations.

Little Wolf Parade…………..Nottingham……….27th May … more info
Steak house Live…………….London……………11th June … more info
Live Art Bistro……………….Leeds……………….22nd July … more info
HFWAS at Vivid Projects……Birmingham………9th September … more info

You can find out more about each of these organisations online:


All of the talks are open to the public and will take place at Vivid Projects, Minerva Works, Digbeth, Birmingham. Tickets will be £3 on the door.

Producing by Aaron Wright …………..8th June … more info
Documenting by Manuel Vason ……..13th July … more info
Making by Ria Jade Hartley …………..10th August … more info
Funding by Helga Henry ………………17th August … more info


1st Performance @ Little Wolf Parade, Nottingham
2nd Performance @ SteakHouse Live, London
3rd Performance @ Live Art Bistro, Leeds
The Final Performance @ Vivid Projects, Birmingham

The Talks

The Homegrown Blog

Art Historian, Carly Hegenbarth, has written about Homegrown and the artists involved. An interesting twist on your usual art blogging.

Part 1 – (Live) Art Historian
Part 2 – (Live) Art History

Our Funding Partners

This project has been made possible with the support of Jerwood Charitable Foundation (JCF) and Arts Council England.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation (JCF) is dedicated to imaginative and responsible funding of the arts, with a particular focus on supporting emerging talent and excellence. They aim for their funding to allow artists and arts organisations to thrive; to continue to develop their skills, imagination and creativity with integrity. They proactively seek and initiate projects with outstanding organisations and individuals across the UK.

Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.
They support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

For more information please take a look at their websites where you can find out about what’s going on and more information about the organisations and the good they do for the arts.

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