I have run an art event called Skylark since 2012, which is based in both London and Norwich.
The idea behind Skylark is to provide a welcoming and supportive space for people to show their work. It is an experimental platform, to encourage new ideas and show/read/perform/talk about new works for feedback from the audience and fellow artists.
Its free to take part, anyone can show and there is no application process, just a first come first served rule. Its also free entry to audience, with the idea that this will allow for as much diversity as possible with no discrimination.
What is integral to Skylark, along with this sense of free expression, is the idea that the night is open to all disciplines- so a musician will be followed by a poet, who’ll be followed by an actor etc. This is to encourage cross pollination through networking and collaborating for all the artists and audience who take part. The only real rules at each event is an allocated time slot, and mutual respect for each other and the Skylark community as a whole.