Updated: Jan 14
It's week two of the new year and the newest of lockdowns, but don't despair! We have found another round of opportunities to get involved with. From funding to jobs this week we have it all! We are particularly excited by some particularly innovative projects this week including working in Minecraft, and Exeter University looking for work to be made about fungi. All the links and additional information can be found below!
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Christina Poulton Workshops - Writing Funding Bids and Setting Up an Arts Organisation
Christina Poulton is delivering a series of helpful online workshops for anyone looking for advice on setting up your own arts organisation or tackling a funding bid.
Setting up an arts organisation:
One time workshop, Thursday 11th Feb - 10am-1pm
Covers the how when and why to set up an organisation, including the legal structures to follow, defining your mission or purpose, and the nuts and bolts of bank accounts and insurance etc
Writing Funding Bids:
Delivered over 3 sessions, Thursday 18th Feb 10-11:30am / Thursday 25th Feb 10-11:15am / Thursday 25th Feb 11:45am-1pm.
These will cover who funders are and what they are looking for, planning, pitching and budgeting your bid, as well as busting all the jargon and demonstrating what your project will do with the funds.
Will also cover the changes to the funding bid landscape during the pandemic
All sessions will be delivered on Zoom.
Compere / Stage Manager / Immersive Actors / Assistant Director at Windmill Theatre
Soho’s Windmill Theatre is producing a new in-house experience to pay homage to the history, beauty and decadence of the Windmill whilst also bringing it forward into the modern times. They promise a mix of hedonistic 1920s glamour and immersive digital theatre in which the audience are invited to co-author their own experiences. As such, they are looking to fill 4 different positions and are searching for a plethora of talents and skills.
Compere: Looking to cast extraordinary characters with musical ability to command the stage, hold the room and introduce the variety of acts and dancers to be featured in each show.
Must be able to commit to contracts 1 month at a time and attend rehearsals and tech runs.
Shows will run Thursday-Sundays weekly to begin with, along with Saturday matinees.
Applications close 1st March
Stage Manager: Looking for an experienced stage manager to act as the first point of contact for all acts, take charge of running the show from backstage and offstage as well as creating weekly reports and acting as fire marshall for the venue.
Applications Close 10th February
Assistant Director: Looking for an assistant director to work under the artistic director in bringing their vision to life, as well as run rehearsals, make directorial decisions and look after the wellbeing of the cast.
Applications close 20th February
Immersive Actors: Looking for a team of 6-8 versatile actors to form the Windmill Players collective, who will act as the theatre company of the venue. As the show changes each month, so will the roles required of the actors - anything from scripted scenes on stage to immersive crowd performances, chorus roles or even puppeteering.
Like compere, must be available for a week of rehearsal each month and 5 shows a week Thursday-Sunday
Unique variety skills are a bonus
Applications close 1st March
All positions can be found on Arts Jobs with full details.
Future Forms - Donmar Warehouse
Donmar Warehouse have invited associate director Sacha Wares to devise an 8 week investigative course for writers that will offer participants the opportunity to interrogate the story telling potential and social implications of new technologies such as AI, virtual, augmented and mixed reality.
The course will be 2 sessions a week between w/c February 22nd and w/c April 12th. Exact timings will be arranged around the group’s availability. One session each week will involve a presentation from an industry expert on a specific form of technology, while the second session of the week will be a group discussion and writing activities in response to the technology presented.
All participants will also be paid a fee of £1500.
Eligible applicants will:
Have written at least two plays that have been professionally produced.
Like the idea of group discussions and activities with other artists
Have a wifi connection and zoom
Be available to commit to the programme
They are also welcoming applications from writers who produce creative texts but may not consider themselves playwrights as well as applications from D/deaf or disabled artists and artists who experience barriers and inequality due to race, gender identity and/or socio-economic background.
Full application information can be found on their website and applications close Monday 18th January at 12pm.
Royal Docks Commission - Expressions of Interest
Royal Docks are seeking expressions of interest for a live performance commission they are looking to produce aimed at family audiences in autumn 2021. They want ambitious ideas that position the Royal Docks as a place of artistic innovation and actively involve young people and the creative community around the Royal Docks area.
Projects can involve any artform, or across artforms, but must be performed live, to a live audience. They must also be adaptable to adhere to the governments COVID-19 guidelines at all times throughout creation and performance. As such, performances will also be taking place outside so do bear that in mind.
3 Expressions of interest will be shortlisted to take part in a paid R&D (£5000 per organisation) to take place in Feb/March 2021 to work up to full proposals.
The budget for the final commission is up to £200,000.
Deadline for expression of interest is February 10th - all details for how to express interest and full application is on their website.
Hidden Kingdom - Artist Residency, MRC Centre for Medical Mycology, University of Exeter
The MRC’s (Medical Research Council) Centre for Medical Mycology at the University of Exeter is looking for 1 female identifying artist to take part in an ‘exploratory residency’ to explore new insights and ways of working through a process of exchange between artist and researchers as they looking into the hidden deadly world of microscopic fungi.
They are open to hearing from practitioners from any art form or approach and are looking for someone interested in exploring the processes involved in scientific research as long as it is relevant to the research taking place at CMM.
The residency will take place over 4 weeks in Spring 2021 and should have a tangible artistic outcome that can be toured to Exeter Central Library as part of Evolve’s Library Lates programme.
The artist will meet with scientists, students and staff at the centre to discuss the research taking place and the ways in which it is conducted
The artist will take part in a one-off ‘in conversation with’ event at Exeter Library, about female voices in arts and science, which they will contribute to shaping. This is provisionally booked for 5th March, and may be live, blended or remote depending on Covid-19 restrictions.
The artist will take part in a further 1-2 dissemination events in spring/summer 2021, at the UoE
A film (or other creative documentation) will be made to record the process, and the work will be shown digitally via UoE websites and Evolve’s website and – depending on form – in an exhibition space at UoE and at Exeter Library, most likely in summer 2021 however this is dependent on Covid-19 restrictions. Costs related to this documentation and dissemination will be covered by the CMM.
The total budget for the Exploratory Residency is £5,000 (inclusive of VAT) to include the artist’s fee, equipment, any travel and accommodation required, and production costs.
Deadline to apply is February 1st with interviews taking place on 10th.
Applications should include a written response of up to 1000 words (with up to six supporting images, or link to one video file if appropriate), plus a CV outlining the project you are proposing and its potential outcomes.
Full information on applying can be found on the website.
Applied Theatre in Dementia and Social Enterprise Fellow x 3, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
CSSD are looking for 3 fellows to form a team to create a new social enterprise designed to deliver a set of projects for older adult patients living with dementia. The posts will be funded until August 2022 and the post holders will need to collaborate, engage with business mentoring, digital theatre and work independently to research and form a social enterprise.
They are particularly looking for practitioners with experience in:
• Working in acute hospital context, with older adults living with dementia
• Designing arts activities
• Delivering/facilitating arts deliveries
• Collaborating in teams and working autonomously
Deadline for applications is 9am on the 18th January with interviews anticipated to take place on the 25th January in the hopes that successful applicants may commence from 31st January.
Full application forms can be found on Central’s website.
Laura Kinsella Fellowship for Early Career Writers
The deadline has almost arrived to apply for the National Centre for Writing’s Laura Kinsella Fellowship, designed to support 1 talented early career writer of literary fiction.
The winner, who shows commitment to their own development and extraordinary talent in writing literary fiction, will receive a cash prize of £4000 as well as a programme of bespoke professional development and promotional opportunities, which may include space and time to write, mentoring, residency or research trips, introductions to the industry, or engagement with their existing programmes.
To be eligible one must be over 18, live in England at time of application until at least June 2022, have no published novels or short story collections, propose a clear case for support and identify as experiencing ‘significant obstacles’ early in your career.
There is a 2-part submission form to apply on the NCW website in which you must also include a sample of your work (up to 2000 words) a short artist biography and a statement of intent (both 250 words.)
Deadline to apply is 11:59pm GMT Friday 15th January.
Ender Gallery for Artist Residency inside Minecraft
The Ender Gallery is a virtual exhibition space existing entirely inside Minecraft and they are now seeking 4 participants to undertake residencies to display work inside their virtual gallery in partnership with the MacKenzie Art Gallery in Canada.
They have 4 residency slots, each 2 months long during 2021 followed by a 2 month exhibition period of the artist’s work, these slots can be March-April, May-June, July-August or September-October.
What they are looking for is an imaginative and interactive art experience that explores the possibilities of using Minecraft as an artistic medium. This might include custom maps or shaders or mods, it may include live performance or mini games. And while the team behind the idea love beautiful builds, they are particularly looking for interactive or performance pieces that extend the possibility of play and incorporate elements from outside the game world.
They are particularly interested in proposals exploring Indigenous sovereignty, storytelling, simulation, colonialism, alternative economies, materiality, fandom, and digital ontologies - but we look forward to being surprised.
Technical support will be provided by the Ender Gallery curators as well as virtual studio visits, so don’t worry if you are not already well versed in Minecraft software, they will be on hand to help.
Each exhibition will also have one hosted opening night you need to be available for, but you can also plan and produce other special live performance nights throughout you exhibition if you so please.
To apply: email email@example.com the following info by midnight (Canada time) on January 31st
Name, location, and preferred pronouns
Preferred residency period (Mar-Apr, May-Jun, Jul-Aug, or Sept-Oct - we may not be able to provide your most preferred period, but will coordinate as best we can)
CV (max 3 pages)
Proposal for the residency (500 words max about what you would like to work on and why)
Technical spec (300 words max outlining what technical support you may need, what you know is possible, any challenges you foresee)
Online or PDF portfolio
Successful applicants will also receive an artist’s fee of 1600 CAD. (Roughly £900)
Theatre Alibi seeking Digital Facilitator
Theatre Alibi are looking for a Digital Facilitator to work remotely to moderate sessions and assist performers over a 3 week period (25/01/21 - 12/02/21) as the company live-streams their current storytelling experience Down To Earth to primary schools across Devon.
The person in this role must also liaise with the schools to ensure a smooth running of the live streams and have good experience in zoom, youtube, teams and google suite.
Performances are 30 minutes long and will take place entirely within school hours Mon-Fri, with multiple performances per day to one school so that all years may participate.
Fee is £524 per week pro rata and you can apply by sending your CV and a covering letter detailing your relative experience to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 18th January.
Mayor of London Culture Recovery Grants - Social Action Projects and Projects which capture London Experience of Covid
The Culture Recovery Fund is offering two grant streams.
Community-Led Action - 15-20 grants of up to £9000 to initiate social action projects with gather new insights
London Community Story - 15-20 grants of up to £1500 to organisations with existing projects which capture Londoners’ experience of Covid-19, supporting them to be presented and shared to a wide audience
Both programmes share these objectives and projects need to respond to one or all of the objectives:
Identify opportunities to amplify the voices of London’s “hidden” communities and those with the fewest opportunities to participate due to social exclusion
Support community and grassroot organisations to participate fully in London’s recovery
Engage younger and older Londoners to ensure an intergenerational perspective on recovery
Sharing community insight with London’s strategic decision-making bodies, to inform understanding to help communities through recovery
Successful applicants will also receive additional workshops and training as part of the programme. For both grants you also need to be a registered charity
Community Led Action projects will support community organisations to propose their own solutions to the challenges faced by Londoners’ using a mix of action and reflection to identify learning to be used in recovery.
You need to be able to evidence your community-led approach and have a project which seeks to strengthen communities most impacted by Covid-19.
The learning and insight gained from the project will be shared at a local and regional level to support recovery over the next 5-10 years. You will also be able to access a peer support network in order to share best practice and challenges.
London Community Story Grants will support existing projects that seek to capture Londoner’s experience of covid. This could be in any form of your choosing. The work will be shared with policy makers, funders and civil society groups in order to inform their approach to recovery for London. They will also be part of an online exhibition for audiences to view. Your work will also be added to the London Community resource document to help support similar work.
There are information sessions taking place on January 18th and 28th, with an application support workshop on February 3rd. The submission deadline is February 19th. Submissions
Are accepted though the online form on the website.
Please check the full document for all details on eligibility, submission and mission aims for both projects.
Farnham Maltings: Our Town Grants
Farnham Maltings are distributing grants ranging from £500 - £5000 for artists making work for towns in the South East of England. They are looking for proposals to create artistic work with and for the town community where you live.
It can be site specific work, comedy, magic, street games, and can take place anywhere you like, market squares, care homes, cafes.
The investment will be made to artists or companies to create work in the town they live in or a town they have a close relationship with.
You should have a clear idea of the audience you are targeting and the partners you will look to work with.
The idea should be able to begin working under the current restrictions and then adapt to changing public performance conditions.
The ideas should be bold and have the potential for a compelling theatre experience. You can propose projects of any scale and at any stage of development.
There are 6 grants available.
Applications are due 9am 1st February 2021
You can either fill in the proposal form on their website or submit a 7 minute video which answers the questions in the from.
Make sure to check the website to find out how they will be making their decisions
The PappyShow - “How we Play and Move” Workshop Bursary
As part of the London International Mime Festival, The PappyShow are running a two-day online workshop that explores their playful approach to collaborating and devising theatre.
The course is originally priced at £120 (£100 conc.) but they have 4 bursary spots for 4 people of colour to be completely paid for by the LIMF.
If you identify as a person of colour, you can apply for one of the spots via the googleform.
Workshops are on Saturday 23rd Jan - 10am-6pm & Sunday 24th Jan - 10am-5pm.
Deadline to apply is the 20th Jan at 6pm, and successful applicants will be informed by 6pm on the 21st.