Gwenno in Liverpool – applications closed

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Gwenno in Liverpool – applications closed

We’re looking for emerging female musicians from Merseyside and the Wirral to work with inspirational sound artist, songwriter and vocalist Gwenno, who will be leading our next Both Sides Now residency.

Gwenno will be joined by experimental sound artist and producer Rhys Edwards, her long term collaborator, as part of a five day residency. It will be taking place in Liverpool from 30th April – 4th May, ending with a live performance at Sound City Festival

What to expect

Successful applicants will spend five days working with Gwenno and Rhys to create new work. You will be encouraged to explore concepts inspired by a sense of place and people through your practice, drawing from Liverpool’s rich and varied communities and buildings whilst pushing your own individual sonic boundaries. You’ll also be encouraged to challenge your approach to creating and responding to ideas, working alongside other musicians and alone. The group will perform the new work live on 4 May at Sound City Festival. 

Who can apply

This residency is for women aged 18+ from Merseyside, the Wirral and surrounding areas who are in the early stages of their music careers. 

Whether you write on more traditional electric or acoustic instruments, are an electronic instrumentalist or a spoken word artist  – writers of all worlds, genres and styles are welcome to apply. We’re interested in applications from musicians who are excited by experimentation and collaboration.

“We’re so very looking forward to spending a week exploring sounds and ideas with everyone. Working through the creative process collectively is so exciting and we can’t wait to see where we end up. Liverpool is a hugely inspiring city, so full of incredible stories so we’re all in for a treat.” – Gwenno

About Gwenno

Gwenno weaves elements of folk, electronica and psychedelia around her phonetics, with the overall combination resulting in a spellbinding sonic that at times borders on surrealism. There really is no other artist like her on the planet, however in the years to come there is no doubt that her influence will be found in a range of artists across a myriad of genres.

Application info

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 18+
  • An emerging female* musician
  • Based in Merseyside, the Wirral and surrounding areas
  • Available between Tuesday 30th April – Saturday 4th May inclusive

*We use an inclusive definition of ‘women’ and ‘female’, welcoming participants who may identify as non-binary, cis-gendered, or trans

Apply online here

We recommend downloading a sample application form (for reference only) before you begin your online application.

Deadline: Sunday 31st March, midnight

Successful participants will receive £20 per day to help towards the cost of travel and food.

A limited number of bursaries are also available for artists who require additional support with access, travel or accommodation (e.g. you live in an isolated rural area and have no means of daily transport to and from Liverpool). Please express your interest by completing the relevant question in the application form.

For more information about the project please contact Lucy Scott at lucys@brightersound.com or 0161 830 3899.

*We’re committed to supporting and meeting the needs of people with learning difficulties or disabilities. If you require the application in a different format or have difficulty completing your application online, please call us to discuss alternative options on 0161 830 3899.


This opportunity is part of Both Sides Now – our groundbreaking initiative to support, inspire and support women in music across the North of England.

We’re proud to be working with Sound City Festival as partners to support the showcase event.