Pizza and Pitches returns with the special festive addition of PIE (mince pies to be exact). We are on the lookout for fresh, creative ideas, which can take place in Winter or Spring 2022 (on or offline) and will connect with the people of Deptford and New Cross.

Pizza, Pie and Pitches will take place at the Albany on Friday 17th December. Five ideas are pitched, the winner is voted for by the public and we all eat a slice (or several) of pizza. The successful project will receive £1000 and £100 will go to each of the 4 runners up.

You can pitch anything you like, it could be a performance, a workshop, an interactive fashion show, a pen-pal project, a phone-poetry recital, a socially distant scavenger hunt, a whatsapp murder mystery, an exhibition, a talk or discussion, a party, a protest or something else entirely! It just needs to hit these criteria:

It should be able to safely take place over Winter/Spring 2022.

It should be artistic/creative in some way.

It should be publicly accessible and free to attend.

It can be an online ‘digital’ project, or an offline ‘live’ project, or a bit of both.

Your pitch should be relevant to the lives of people living in Deptford/New Cross, and have a commitment to connecting with local communities. Be mindful that not everybody has access to a computer, smartphone or the internet.

We know that £1000 is not a huge amount of money to make a project happen, so we are looking for ideas which are achievable for this amount of money. The Albany can also help with marketing, equipment, space use and technical support if you need it. The £100 each for the runners-up is to go towards development of those ideas, even if it’s just paying for a day of your time to think more about them.

How to apply

Please send us the following details:

Your name and the names of everyone you’ll be collaborating with (please ask for their permission before applying).

A short paragraph about you.
This can focus on the sort of work you like to do or make as well as what inspires you and whether you’ve devised projects in the past – these don’t have to be shows, they could be other things like open days, workshops, parties or even protests! Please do not include a CV as they would not be accepted.

Your clearly explained idea.
If you would like to include a mood board, images or links, this is helpful for us to imagine what you are describing.

A very basic idea of how you think you would use the money.
Don’t forget to pay yourself!

Any support that might be useful from the Albany or anywhere else, for example technical support or volunteers.

You can answer the questions in one of the following ways:

In writing – you can write a document up to two pages of A4 long

By making a 3 minute long video or audio file, recorded on a mobile phone or computer.  If you are applying using video, please upload to YouTube or Vimeo as ‘private’ or ‘unlisted’, and send us the link. Remember to include the password if there is one.

Send your application back with the document attached, or with a link to the video or audio file to pizza.pitches@thealbany.org.uk with the subject line PIZZA AND PITCHES PARTY. If you prefer, you can send your application by post to:
The Albany,
Douglas Way,
Deptford,
SE8 4AG

What access support is available?

We would be happy to discuss any access requirements at any stage of the process. There is a small access budget available if needed, and we are able to support with anything technical too.

The deadline for applications is  Thursday 2  December and successful applicants will need to ensure that they are free the night of  Friday 17 December  for the Pizza, Pie and Pitches Party: Event.

How do you decide on the shortlist?

All applications are sent to members of our Youth and Meet Me At… programmes for shortlisting rather than Albany staff. They then tell us which ones they like the sound of the most and these are invited to pitch, before being voted on by the public.

Good luck!