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immediate callout: making theatre for extraordinary times, farnham maltings, d/l 18 May 2020

Farnham Maltings wants to support South East based theatre makers in our towns and villages to create new work right now which responds to and supports our communities in these extraordinary and difficult times.

We are offering a limited programme of grants from £500 to £5000 to support artists to create theatre experiences with and for their community.

Heartened by positive responses to the current crisis – from the balcony singing in Italy, the mass aerobic workouts in Spain to new, digital choir platforms, we want to support exciting, mischievous ideas which fully embrace the requirement of social distancing and turn it on its head.

We will invest in theatre makers based in the south east to explore and deliver something new, big or small, but something with the intention of inspiring interest, warmth and moments of fun amongst our towns and small communities.

If you have a proposal we would like to hear from you as soon as possible

Please submit a maximum of 500 words detailing firstly your idea and approach to the project, where and how it will take place and then more about you and your experience. This should be accompanied by an outline budget.

We will also accept video proposals, these should address the information above and be no longer than 5 mins.

Makers should be able to actively begin their proposal straight away.

NB: South East area excludes all London Boroughs

Please send your proposal to

Closing dates for proposals

We have set 2 closing dates at the moment to help you, we may add more later. This is a limited programme of short commissions supported by The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. We expect to support a range of new commissions, up to 8 throughout the programme.

Closing date 1: 9am, Thursday 2 April 2020

Closing date 2: 9am, Monday 18 May 2020

Get in touch

If you would like to talk through your idea with us at any stage, we would welcome that conversation; you can text Gavin Stride, Director on 07775 558695 or Katy Potter, Producer on 07798 812548 or email to arrange.

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artist commission proposal, game play, the place bedford, d/l 13 April 2020

Application Deadline: 6pm Monday 13 April 2020
Application decision & Shortlisted Artists contacted: Monday 20 April
Interviews: 04 – 06 May 2020

In 2020, The Place Bedford is very proud to announce that for the first time we will be commissioning new work from artists. We’re looking for creative people interested in exploring the boundaries of games and performance, specifically making work for young people aged 12-16, and their friends and families.

We love games, and we really love it when people come together in a live space to experience something as a group. That’s why we set up GAME PLAY, and it’s why we love all kinds of live performances. We want to find emerging artists, theatre makers and/or individuals/collectives who are interested in making this type of performance/game work for the first time.

The Place Bedford will commission two new pieces of work during 2020, for presentation to audiences and participants at GAME PLAY festival in January 2021.
We’re very excited to be working with artsdepot, based in North London, to help us provide organisational support and creative space for selected artists to explore these ideas further! We’ll also be making space available at The Place through Summer & Autumn 2020 to develop their creative ideas further, through Residencies here in Bedford. Suggested dates are listed below. Please note that these dates are not exhaustive, and we can work with selected artists to provide space.

The selected artists will be invited to present scratch or work in progress at a showcase on Thursday 8th October, when the full programme for the January 2021 GAME PLAY festival will be announced. They will then develop the work for presentation to young people, families and game players at our January festival in 2021. Selected artists will need to be available for the Scratch and Performance dates.

Alongside these commissions we will be partnering with Live Art Development Agency to commission a DIY programme for 2020. DIY is an opportunity for artists working in Live Art to conceive and run professional development projects for other artists. We’ve included some information about that brief at the end of this document, or you can find out more about the opportunity by visiting the LADA website:

Successful applicants will be awarded a commission fee of £1600 towards their time and project. A small production cost budget of £250 will also be available for each selected application to turn their ideas into reality for the GAME PLAY festival in January 2021.

Alongside this artists will receive support from staff and volunteers at The Place Bedford, as well as mentoring (in person or online) from established artists making theatre/game work already.

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applications open, artist residencies, artsdepot, d/l 13 April 2020

artsdepot invite artists and companies from any performing art based practice to apply to our Artist Residencies for Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021.

Successful applicants can spend some time and some seed funding developing a project inside our Creation Space. We want to your exciting new ideas, and invite applications from both the brand-new and established.

All artists and companies who take part in a residency with us are also invited to join our Alumni Network, with free workshops and networking invites launched this Spring.

Successful applicants will receive:
• Between 1 - 2 weeks in our Creation Space, which will be used to research and develop new ideas.
• A seed funding contribution of £500 - £1,000.
• Access to support from the artsdepot team. This may mean meetings with certain departments, reading an Arts Council Application, or just sitting down for a cup of tea and a biscuit on a rainy Wednesday.
• The Creation Space is a lovely but low tech room, with limited resources. We’ve attached pictures which you can download to give you an idea of the space. Please keep this in mind when planning your activity.

We have an interest in:
• Both new and established individuals/companies from across the UK.
• All performance based art forms.
• Work to complement artsdepot's existing programme of work/ethos.
• Ideas that can have potential to be taken beyond the R&D residency period in a future working relationship with artsdepot.
• Individuals/companies able to create a sustainable relationship with artsdepot going forward.

The deadline for completed applications is Mon 13 Apr, 10am.
We will get back to all applicants by Mon 20 Apr, 5pm. Due to the number of expected submissions we cannot offer individual feedback to applicants.

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women leaders south west, the point, eastleigh, d/l 20 April 2020

The Women Leaders South West project is run by a group of eight arts organisations and one business school. The project also involves the WOW Foundation, which is a global movement to celebrate women and girls and take a frank look at the obstacles they face. An Arts Council England Transforming Leadership grant is funding the project.

The project is now looking for 16 women associates with a unique perspective on arts leadership. You may have creative ideas that you want to see happen for yourself or your community. We will invite you to take part in a leadership training programme and support you on a leadership journey.

The support programme will be bespoke for each participant and can include: a training bursary of £12,000 to cover ten months of training; a work-based placement with one of the arts organisations; mentoring; additional support to meet your individual needs across the whole programme, for example childcare; BSL interpretation; and travel costs.

In addition, successful applicants will be offered online and face-to-face training and career development opportunities with Southampton Business School and connection with women from across the world through the WOW Foundation (Women of the World) and director / producer Jude Kelly, who started the organisation.

You will be:
• Passionate about arts and culture
• Over 21 years old
• Based in the South West region which means that you live and / or work here
• Rooted in your local community
• Interested in developing new skills

You do not need a higher education qualification, but do need to have at least two years' work experience (this does not have to have been in the arts).

We are particularly interested in working with women from groups who are most underrepresented at leadership level in the cultural sector, including disabled women and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.

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ITC Arts Training Timetable

These training courses are designed to provide you with the toolkit of essential skills and specialist knowledge needed to run a performing arts company successfully.

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