Visceral & Immersive Contemporary Arts
Submerge is a UK-based producing organisation supporting artists who make visceral arts experiences merging contemporary performance, music and creative technology. Founded in Bristol, we presented two international festivals of contemporary art, electronic music and performance in the Southwest (2016: fathoms / 2019: belonging) before heading North and re-homing the organisation in Manchester.
In 2020 we began working in the Northwest, producing a series of new queer works with artists and communities and developing a pioneering festival of artistic projects with local cultural organisations. Our Submerge North festival will launch in Spring 2022, creating new opportunities for audiences to engage with cutting-edge art in Greater Manchester and beyond.
Submerge love to work with artists who make artistic experiences that are difficult to define by genre, often combining live art, body-based performance, immersive theatre, dance, sound, club performance, electronic music, audio-visual and digital practice. We take an intersectional approach to curation, presenting challenging art made by, with, and for diverse artists, audiences and communities. We aim to present art in accessible formats, immersive environments, and unusual locations, bringing new audiences to contemporary arts.
Submerge believes in the power of the arts to enrich lives, encourage people to think about the world from new perspectives, and bring communities together. We take a specific focus on amplifying the work of queer, trans*, non-binary and genderfluid makers and performers.