The Midnight Run is presented by The Midnight Run, ArtReach and Fuel as part of Liberty UK


Performance dates: 25 & 26 March 2022, 6.00pm – midnight
Installation dates: 19 March – 27 March 2022

Number of commissions available: 3

Fee: £1,000, this includes preparation time (we anticipate 5 meetings including a pre-run walkthrough in Leicester), 2 runs which will last 6 hours each. Materials and expenses will be covered separately.
Deadline: 10.00am 25 November 2021
Application process: Please send a covering letter or video and portfolio detailing your previous experience and interest in making work about freedom and democracy to

Liberty UK Festival in Leicester is an annual interdisciplinary festival that explores freedom and democracy through artistic projects and public interventions. For 2022, Liberty UK will be exploring the hidden inequalities and injustices within our communities, exploring the actual or perceived freedoms that we have or don’t have, or that we take for granted. The festival will explore how far we have come, and how far we have left to go towards building an equal and fair society. Liberty UK Festival is produced and presented by ArtReach.

As part of this programme, ArtReach will commission 3 Leicester based artists, under the age of 31, to collaborate with European based artists (from Serbia and Hungary) as part of two Midnight Run events to deliver participatory art workshops and contribute to site-specific installations responding to themes of freedom. Co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, this commission is part of Liberty EU, a 3-year programme offering high- quality career opportunities to young artists, aged 31 and under, across Europe.

The Midnight Run Presented by The Midnight Run, ArtReach and Fuel as part of Liberty UK Festival.

The Midnight Run

The Midnight Run (MNR) was established by Inua Ellams in 2005 and is now one of the leading, independent participatory arts models in the UK. The Midnight Run is a walking, arts-filled, nighttime cultural journey through urban spaces. It gathers strangers and artists together to explore, play and create, whilst the city sleeps. The MNR aims to break down social barriers. It provides a platform for established and emerging creatives, bringing moments of genuine interactivity to residents, visitors and artists. Since it’s conception, there have been 45 events in the UK, nationally and internationally including in London, Manchester, Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, Milan, Barcelona, Perth, and Auckland.

To experience more about The Midnight Run click here to see a video.

What we are looking for

The Midnight Run – Workshops
For Liberty UK Festival, you will be paired with a European artist from Serbia or Hungary. Together you will explore themes of freedom in Europe and collaboratively create workshops for The Midnight Run audience to take part during the performance dates. Each run will accommodate up to 30 people. In your proposal we want to see ideas for creative workshops that feature an element of group collaboration and sharing. The aim is to create a safe space where audiences will play, explore, and talk openly about freedom. The workshops will establish new connections between people and place, where audiences can rediscover the city, reverting to a state of childlike wonderment. You will work with The Midnight Run team, Fuel and ArtReach Producers to devise a route through the city, taking in places of interest along the way. Runs are documented by a photographer and videographer.

Site-specific Installations

Inspired by your collaborations with European artists, you will contribute to a site-specific installation in a location on The Midnight Run route, further exploring stories and themes discovered through your collaborations and workshop. The installations will be developed in partnership with ArtReach and The Midnight Run team and will be open to the public between the performances.

Who you are

We are looking for interdisciplinary artists who are based in Leicester with experience in performance and facilitating fun and engaging participatory workshops, who have a particular interest in exploring themes of freedom in their work. Artists need to be interested in working collaboratively across a range of disciplines, open to learning from others and excited by the prospect of learning about European cultures and current affairs. Artists of all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We are committed to working with diverse artists and enabling access for all to improve equity and representation irrespective of background, socio- economic status, gender, ethnicity, disability status, sexual orientation or other protected characteristics. All applications will be considered fairly based on their proposals. Artists do not need to be established, we welcome applications from emerging artists, however, you must be able to demonstrate your ideas clearly and show that the concept has been well thought out.


– Artists must be based in Leicester and have the right to work in the UK or another European country
– Be aged 31 or under
– Have experience delivering workshops
– Have an understanding of issues relating to freedom, democracy and human rights issues


The deadline for applications is 10 am on 25 November 2021. After that, a panel of judges will review the applications independently before coming together to create a shortlist. Telephone interviews with the panel will be arranged with shortlisted candidates in the week commencing 29 November 2021. Final decisions will be made after the interviews in the week commencing 6 December 2021.