Small Steps — organized in collaboration with environmentalist collective 'Changing Tides' — was a door-to-door art activist festival in the city's contemporary Northern Quarter raising money for charity. The aim of the event was to provide an opportunity for people to enjoy local talent in up-and-coming venues: 'Twenty Twenty Two', 'Kosmonaut' and 'Stage and Radio'.
The Kosmonaut Venue, run by Changing Tides, raised money for the Sea Life Foundation, showing work on the subject of and inspired by the environment, with speakers from LOVEmyBEACH and acoustic sets from local performers such as Gazelle and the Bethlehem Casuals. Organised by LightUp Collective, Twenty Twenty Two showed a range of artworks, exploring feminist themes, with all proceeds going to Rape Crisis.
'Curated by LightUp' was a satire interactive art piece highlighting the hypocrisy of victim blame, inviting participants to try on clothing they may not usually wear and take a 'mirror pic', to be featured in another project at a later date. They also showed the curated series 'Visualization of Strength', featuring artwork of Laura Southwell, Jazmine Luna and Cerys Thorn, in which they responded to the results of a workshop in collaboration with Mighty Heart Theatre Company earlier in the yeat for FemFest'17. The venue also showed a film by Naomi Mabita, ceramics and prints by Katie Nelson, paint on canvas by Ella Darbysing, a textile piece by Alex Day, and featured a live performance by outdoor collective 'WildWuns'.