Open Call - Hosts for Futures Forum

Artist Opportunity, Artist Resources, Call Out, Opportunities

Monday 19th December 9:00am – Monday 7th February 2022 9:00am

‘a space’ arts is now recruiting hosts from all creative disciplines to join Futures Forum as guest hosts.


The Opportunity & Role

We are now recruiting a pool of artists, writers and creatives of all disciplines from the global majority to join this forum as guest hosts to expand the reach and impact of this project and share their experiences and insights. The hourly rate for hosting is £150 per session when hosting and sessions will take place online, with an option for people to attend at GHT in person.

Download and read the full brief here


As a guest host, you will be responsible for:

  • Facilitating a meeting where all voices can be heard and contributions respected
  • To pose in advance of the session one discussion topic or question as the stimulus for discussion
  • Keeping in contact with the ‘a space’ team before and after your hosted session to capture feedback and suggestions for future sessions
  • Continued support of this project through regular attendance and encouraging others to do the same.


As the organisation supporting this work, our responsibilities will be:

  • To listen and learn
  • To provide the platform and resources for meetings to take place
  • To manage communications between the forum members and guests hosts
  • To manage recruitment and promotion of the Futures Forum
  • To gather and share resources, recommendations and actions which come to light through discussions

As an organisation, ‘a space’ arts are actively working to co-create new projects that empower previously under-represented artists and reflect the diversity of the communities and artists that live and work in the South Coast. This activity is part of our long term plan as an organisation to build new lasting relationships with creative people and to give more opportunities to previously under represented artists.


About Futures Forum

Futures Forum looks to create a safe, supportive environment for global majority artists at all stages of their careers. In creating this space we recognise that there is currently a serious imbalance in the representation of global majority artists in Southampton’s cultural offer as well as further afield. Futures Forum was created to address this imbalance and provide a space for artists of all disciplines to share ideas, meet other creative people and hear from sector leaders. This space exists to serve the needs, ambitions and aspirations of its members.


Format and Structure of Sessions

Sessions take place on the first Thursday every other month, with options to be in-person in the building or on zoom. Meetings take the form of an open discussion, with one key question decided upon by the host and circulated in advance as the stimulus for discussion. When hosting this question is your choice and will be posed to the group to start the discussion. The rest of the forum is then for its members to shape.

As a guest host you can bring any topic to the Forum. This space is confidential and safe for any topic to be discussed and for potentially difficult subject matter to be shared in a non-judgemental environment. In some cases this could be sharing a concern, a lived experience or barrier you face as a global majority artist, or a topic relevant of the time or which is important to you. We hope that those who have hosted will stay within this network to support other creative people of the global majority, to help expand this safe and supportive community and to benefit from a network of likeminded people.


Forum Dates

Thursday 3rd March, 6pm – 8pm , Thursday 5th May, 6pm – 8pm, Thursday 7th July, 6pm – 8pm, Thursday 1st September, 6pm – 8pm, Thursday 3rd November, 6pm – 8pm.

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity please send your proposed question or discussion topic to along with a brief (c. 500 word) overview of your professional or creative background. Please also state any of the above Forum dates you would be unable to host.

The final selection of discussion topics will be selected by Forum members in an anonymous poll before the first session

Deadline for submission of discussion topic: Monday 7th February

If you are interested in joining Futures Forum, register your details here. On Friday 11th February, we will be opening a public vote for you to have your say and vote for the questions or topics which will be explored in each session.



As an organisation we actively look to reduce barriers for artists applying for our opportunities and commissions, and we are committed to being fair, accessible, transparent and inclusive.

We offer a range of access support for artists, including alternative formats for information we re- lease and submissions we receive as well as an artist access fund; please contact us so that we can discuss your individual needs and provide appropriate support for your application or project. Please either email us on or call 023 80 338 778

A note on terminology

  • We acknowledge language is fluid and evolving and aim to ensure our use of language remains inclusive and inoffensive.
  • As an organisation we have joined the movement to reject the acronym BAME as this state- manufactured term flattens and depoliticises global solidarity between people with a lived experiences of racism.