Open Source Collaborations

Open Source Collaborations helps young creatives bring any audio-visual project to life with mentoring, funding and a platform

Who is Open Source Collaborations for?

OSC is for emerging artists (particularly based in South-East London) with an interest in presenting their work through audio-visual means. Poets, musicians, writers, actors, sound designers and filmmakers at any stage of their career are all welcome, with the only prerequisite being that you must apply with an idea.

OSC is as for its mentors too – if you are interested in arts facilitation and would like to help develop someone’s work, we’d love to hear from you.

Why should you apply for Open Source Collaborations?

If you are looking to push yourself creatively and would benefit from mentoring and funding to make your idea a reality – apply!

If your application is accepted, you will have 4 weeks from the first online group workshop to make something new – this urgency, coupled with our group discussions and the relationships formed between artists and mentors is an intensive and productive practice. You will have a chance to meet many new artists who work in different mediums, create and exhibit work with them and most of develop your practice. Both rounds have been wonderful experiences so far, and have resulted in new creative partnerships – come and join our community!

Do I need to be emerging or established to apply for Open Source Collaborations?

We will accept applications from individuals at any point of their career; this could be the first time you’ll make your own piece, or the first time you try a new medium. The key is that you are doing something which you couldn’t do alone – for example, we will happily accept an experienced artist making their first short film with the help of a filmmaker in our mentors group. We will however prioritise accepting projects that we feel couldn’t happen without our help and that we feel we have the right mentors to bring on board for.

On the mentor front, experience in facilitating is not essential; we will be entirely happy to accept mentors who are experienced in their craft and are drawn to developing another artists work.

Who can I work with as part of Open Source Collaborations?

As part of OSC you will have the opportunity to work with a series of established artists. The program is run by the Albany and Foreign Body Productions, an award-winning production company producing documentaries, short films and collaborative workshops, with artists the company work with part of the mentors pool. Beyond that we have a wide pool of artists across mediums ready to work as mentors, and the list is always expanding. From successful music producers to radio producers, filmmakers to mixed medium visual artists, we will analyse your application and do our utmost to match you with the most appropriate artist we can.

What’s next?

We are delighted to announce round three of Open Source Collaborations – a collaborative arts programme with a focus on supporting, developing and platforming new work from new artists. We will have micro-grants available to accepted projects, with artists being able to spend up to £480 on their projects with the project ending with an exhibition.

To apply or to find out more information regarding the third round, click here.

If you would like to support OSC or would like to find out more, please email: creative@thealbany.org.uk


Previous work from Open Source Collaborations

Visions as Our Exile

Visions as Our Exile was a free digital exhibition of work produced in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The programme connected emerging artists with mentors in order to support and help them realise new ideas and work across different genres of media. In spite of the challenges presented by the pandemic, this new community of artists met weekly via regular video calls to collaborate and develop their work. The second round of the programme, which ran across November and December, saw new work produced in the mediums of radio play, short film, performance poetry, dramatic monologue and music.


Stones In Hand –
 Mo’Min Swaitat, Luke Kulukundis
and Amy Douglas-Morris

Stones in Hand is a surreal short film which draws on the artist’s experiences as a Palestinian Bedouin who moved from the West Bank to London and their memories of a childhood spent between weddings and intifadas (popular uprisings).

It May Never Happen – Jessica Bailey, Matty Mancey-Jones and Jacqueline Lipman

Backed into a corner, immovable object meets unstoppable force. Every day is a challenge just to stay in the room as your friend excitedly shows you her new London pad. Will the OCD continue to call the shots, triggering you deeply, or will the new therapy save your friendship? A multi-faceted look about living with OCD, with you in the leading role.

L’s Up For London – Tyreke Leslie

“More often than not, I think about us young people and how we are seen, the stereotypes put on us, the divide and gap in generations and how we just want to be happy and free. But many a thing challenge our happiness and excitement, and so I wrote this piece and engaged in this project in order to uplift and celebrate our youth culture, as well as to educate the older and slightly ignorant generation/audience on just how hard yet beautiful and diverse our young lives are. This spoken word piece therefore explores youth culture, perspectives, mental health, and freedom, in a playful, explosive and celebratory fashion.” by Tyreke Leslie