Brainchild is an ever-growing community of people connected by shared values. Every year through the festival and our other projects, we meet and collaborate with hundreds of people, and these friendships become driving forces for our creative output.

We open up opportunities to get involved all through the year, check the list below to see what’s open at the moment.

Nina Mdwaba and Emily Motto finishing an installation on the festival site


Every year we work with over 350 emerging and leading artists across many different art forms. We try to find space for as many people as possible to share & develop the creative things they’re up to, and we usually programme at least 30% from open call submissions.

So if you’re a musician, DJ, theatre-maker, comedian, poet, activist, workshop leader or you’ve just got a big (or little) IDEA you’d like to bring to Brainchild 2022, then please get n touch via this submission form. Deadline midnight 14th Feb.


All budding creatives, artists, set designers, architects, illustrators (& all else in between), art submissions for Brainchild 2022 are OPEN!

We’re keener than ever that the installations, site infrastructure and performance spaces feel immersive and connected – so we welcome ideas from anyone with a vision for these spaces. The weirder, more imaginative, more ambitious, the better. How could they inspire joy, be interactive, position people, connect strangers, tell stories, make us play, think or have a laugh?

We know summer feels far far away, but we wanted to give all you creative folks something to day-dream about and get planning over this wintery downtime.

Check the form here. Deadline midnight 14 Feb. Happy imagining 🦄


Hatch is our cosy mixed bill for sharing new ideas and works in progress. Our next one is on Tuesday 25th January 2022 at The Ivy House in Nunhead, one of London’s only co-operatively & community run pubs (with a lush little red velvet curtained stage!)

We are currently open for submissions and you can tell us your idea via this short form.

The night will host 6 short (~10 minutes) performances of early-stage works and encourage constructive feedback from the audience (in response to 3 questions set by each act) & new creative connections. We’re open to all different forms – theatre, cabaret, comedy, poetry, performance art and anything else in between.
Your submission can be a brand new idea that you want to get on its feet in front of the friendly Brainchild audience, or something you’ve been developing for a while that you think would benefit from some feedback.   

We’ve had the pleasure of platforming early work from lots of talented artists at our previous Hatch events and helped to launch some brilliant projects, including – Joana Nastari (Fuck You Pay Me), Millie Thomas (Dust), Dylema Collective, Isobel Rogers (Elsa), Jaz Lee Jones (curious), Adam Kammerling (Seder)

If you have any questions about the event, please get in touch with


You can purchase a Volunteer Ticket via TicketSellers for a general volunteering role. You will work 3 shifts (approx 12hrs) over the weekend, duties could include: working at the bar, selling programmes, checking car park tickets, stewarding and other odd jobs. 

Once you have purchased a Volunteer Ticket, our Staffing Manager will contact you and ask you to complete a form, providing some information about yourself. Please be aware, we ask that all general volunteer to arrive by 8pm on the evening of Thursday 7th July for a briefing. 

As with all tickets, a Crowd Cover Pledge of £45 will be automatically added to your basket at checkout, this must be purchased alongside the Admission Fee for your ticket to be valid. Once you’ve fulfilled your volunteer shifts, you’ll get half the total cost (Admission Fee + the Crowd Cover Pledge) of your ticket back. Here are the amounts you will be refunded based on each ticket tier:

Volunteer First Release = refund of £62.50

Volunteer Second Release = refund of £67.50

Volunteer Final Release = refund of £72.50

There are other full volunteer roles for which you do not need to purchase a ticket, but you will be asked to put down a deposit that will be refunded in full after you complete your shifts on site. We will be recruiting for these volunteer roles in the spring: Artist Liaison, Green Team, Decor Team, Shop Team, Welfare Team, Build & Break Crew, but if you’d like to register your interest now that’s also fine, we’d love to hear from you! Just write to with the volunteer team in the subject line & tell us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to be involved. 


For general enquiries please email