About RISE

RISE letters in different colours on a navy backgruond

RISE: A season of extraordinary female artists, thinkers and leaders.

Liverpool has a reputation for producing exceptional female leaders in the arts, sciences, business, sport and politics. First launched in 2019, the year in which the city hosted the Netball World Cup, we started our programme of homage to inspirational women at home and abroad.

Featuring local and internationally renowned female producers, practitioners, artists, poets, musicians, choreographers, speakers and thinkers, RISE provides a platform to create and share new commissions, exciting artworks and provocative interventions. Young emerging talent collaborates with established pioneers. Local artists and companies share skills and profile with global innovators. Brilliant women take over the city and have their work showcased on a national and international stage.

In 2019 these women included Amina Atiq, Clare Balding, Cathy Tyson, young student dancers, writers and performers, LIMF Academy musicians, Tracy Thorn, April Ashley MBE, Dame Stella Rimmington, Anita Corbin, Deborah Morgan, Lizzie Nunnery, Esther Wilson, Carla Maria Williams, Sarah Black and Sister Sledge to name but a few and 2020 is going to be another bumper year of talent.

Whether your ambition is to be an astronaut, write a song for Beyoncé or make the world a better place, RISE features women who have been there and done it exceptionally well. The programme inspires the next generation of artists and leaders through “How to events” and masterclasses, proving that gender and background are no longer obstacles to achieving dreams.

We’re always keen to hear from other organisations in the city who have events, exhibitions and happenings which champion the achievements of women. If you’d like to submit your project to be part of the programme, please contact us.

If you’d like to collaborate or write a blog for RISE, please contact us.