Call out for artists for “Summer of Cycling 2023”

The Dumfries & Galloway Summer of Cycling Paracycling Events are taking place in August 2023

D&G Arts Festival is looking for a wide range of emerging and established poets to take part in this event.

The Summer of Cycling Spoken Word event will platform individuals to perform their poetry in simple stripped back indoor/outdoor settings


have their work included in a hard copy anthology. 

We invite applications from anyone based in D&G – from those new to spoken word to published poets who wish to promote a book or publication. Our aim is to create opportunities for our performers regardless of their publication history, while putting together the best programme possible.


This year, the whole event is being designed around the theme CYCLING.

 Therefore, we are especially interested in writing and work which explores issues related to cycling, sport, landscape, the invention and development of the cycle, ability and disability, but also other ways of interpreting the word, such as imaginary spaces, domestic settings and other ways of defining and noticing the spaces we create or inhabit.

We like experimental writing, diverse in its content and approaches, and encourage applications from marginalised groups to expand on conversations about our relationships with our world.


  • Open to poets and spoken word performers
  • Open to practitioners based in D&G
  • Open to practitioners at any stage in their careers

D&G Arts Festival is interested in hearing from a range of artists, from those newer to the craft/stage to those more established. Our goal is to spotlight the best talent in D&G, and we are keen to support artists who would benefit from the experience, the exposure, and the opportunities which may have been difficult to obtain because of social and cultural barriers.

We welcome proposals in alternative formats such as BSL, Braille, sound or video recording. We have a budget for removing barriers you might face to submit a proposal. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this in more detail or submit your application by phone.

As a rural organisation working in an urban-centric performance sector, we recognise the urgent need to centre the work of marginalised artists as an essential act for achieving equality in society. Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is especially welcoming of applicants who face marginalisation, including D/deaf and/or disabled people, LGBTQIA+ people, women, people of colour, working-class, and people from any related background or identity. We encourage applications from those who consider themselves as belonging to a marginalised group, and we are committed to increasing the diversity of representation.

We are equally committed to providing a safe space in an accessible and welcoming platform. We are not interested in applications or content that discriminates against vulnerable communities.

How to apply

Send the following to by 5pm Friday 28th April

  • Up to 3 pieces of work – each no longer than 20 lines
  • A creative CV – don’t worry if you don’t have much experience, as this step helps ensure we select a range of practitioners.