About Slate

Black. Arts. World.

Welcome to Slate – a new international programme, in the North of England, that will support thousands of Black* Independent Artists by increasing access to local, national and international networks.

Developed and delivered by the Black arts sector in the North, Slate is funded by an Arts Council England Sustained Theatre Award.

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.

Applications for the FINAL round of Slate Commissions are now open. For more info on how to apply, click here.

The Enablers

Slate is delivered by a team of Black arts leaders, based across the region.

The Enablers are here to support Black artists to access the range of opportunities available in the next three years spanning:

  • Training
  • Commissions
  • Play pots
  • Residencies
  • Retreats
  • Group workshops
  • Production support
  • Marketing / PR

As well as representing the programme and the artists we support on an international platform. If you are an artist looking for support, sign up to our mailing list or contact the Enabler in your area here to find out what’s coming up next.

Slate is a consortia of 11 organisations: ARC Stockton, Hull Truck, Oxford Playhouse, British Council, Bradford City Council, York Theatre Royal, Pilot Theatre, Live Theatre, Unity Theatre, HOME MCR, Forced Entertainment and East St Arts

Support Us

How can you help us?

We have an amazing opportunity to bring about substantial change, but we need your help to do this.

Eclipse is a charity and over the next three years we need to raise £150,000 to achieve our ambitious aims. Any donation that you can give, large or small, will be appreciated and will help to support this work.

If you donate now, one of our generous funders, Arts Council England, has offered to match your gift with a donation of the same amount – doubling whatever you give.

Please support us and become part of the Eclipse revolution!

Dawn Walton,
Artistic Director

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Slate Events

Applications for the FINAL round of Slate Commissions are now open. For more info on how to apply, click here.

We will be holding advice sessions during the commission call out period where you can find out more about our commission partners and ask questions about how to submit a strong application:

Slate advice sessions, social and show - Hull, Tues 4 Jun. More info >

Slate advice sessions, social and show - York, Thur 6 Jun. More info >

Upcoming Slate Workshops

Asian Women’s Writing Group: Kala Sangam, Bradford - Wed 19 Jun & 10 Jul

The Freelancer's Toolkit: HOME, Manchester - Wed 29 May

Upcoming Slate Socials

Slate Social is a place to meet other Black* artists. Whatever art form you're working in, whether you're starting out or an old hand, this space is for you!

Slate Social: HOME, Manchester - Mondays: 3 Jun & 1 Jul

Upcoming Slate Surgeries

Slate Surgeries are an opportunity for Black* artists to meet up with their local Enabler. You might have an idea or be looking for an opportunity, or simply find out more about Slate; whatever your situation, come and have a chat.

Slate Surgery (Live Theatre, Newcastle): Fri 21 Jun 

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.

Commissioned Artists


Five months after announcing our first Slate Commissioned Artists, their projects are in full swing with residencies, collaborations and work-in-progress showcases. Follow their journey online and find out how you can see their work...

Dorcas Sebuyange | 'Research and Develop' Slate Commission

Shanaz Gulzar | 'Research and Develop' Slate Commission

Naomi Sumner Chan | 'MAKE' Slate Commission

Nwando Ebizie | 'MAKE' Slate Commission

Commissioned Artists