“Completely inspiring two days […] I feel energised and excited about my own paths.” Participant
Last week saw the first 2 days of Advancing Artists in Surrey: Working In A Social Context. Sixteen established Surrey-based artists (of a multitude of disciplines) came together to discuss and discover the world of creating art in social contexts. The course was guided by arts consultant and creative director Chris Fogg who created a warm and engaging atmosphere.
On day 1, there were sessions lead by guest speakers Maya Twardzicki, the Public Health Lead for Surrey County Council; Diane Amans, an Independent Performing Arts Professional who works predominantly with movement and older people; and Lucy Cash, an Artist and Moving-Image Maker.
Day 2 began with a practical demonstration with Digital Media Artist Richard Tomlinson and his ‘carrot piano’. Caroline Barnes, a Hospital Art Coordinator in Yeovil, and Viv Gordon, Artistic Director, Independent Artist and advocate of mental health awareness, demonstrated very different approaches to working with health and wellbeing. Ali Clarke, of Surrey Hills Arts, finished day 2 with a session about her experiences of commissioning and receiving proposals.
The participants got the opportunity to meet representatives of Watts Gallery, Ruth Williams, and Prospero Theatre’s Artistic Director Beth Wood, whose contributions as Surrey-based organisations were valued greatly.
The final day of the course will take place in June and will be a chance for the artists to reflect on their learning and network with local arts organisations.
Advancing Artists in Surrey was delivered by Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings.
We’re pleased to announce that theatre company Up In Arms have joined the cohort of artists produced by the team at Farnham Maltings. Up In Arms was founded by the director Alice Hamilton and the writer Barney Norris, who grew up together making theatre in Wiltshire. Their plays have been seen in woods, schools, hospices, village halls and many of the UK’s leading theatres.
On talking about the new collaboration, Barney Norris noted ‘We’re delighted to strike up this new relationship with Farnham Maltings. After years of envying the producing relationship some of the UK’s most exciting theatre companies have enjoyed with this organisation, it’s a coup to be joining their family. This new partnership will give Up In Arms access to networks and expertise that can exponentially develop our work, and ground us in best practice that will help us transition towards a sustainable, thriving business model. We’ve committed ourselves to telling and touring the stories of life on these islands, and finding a way to root ourselves in a region with so many stories to tell and so many audiences to speak to will galvanise our work, onstage and off.’
Up In Arms has featured in Theatre of the Year lists in the Times, the Guardian, the Evening Standard and many others, winning awards and international acclaim for their work. You can learn more about the company by visiting their website.
We are looking to appoint a passionate Assistant Director to support Derek Bond through the rehearsals and premier and regional tour of Jess and Joe Forever by Zoe Cooper. Present for rehearsals, technical performances, press night and the subsequent tour the role of Assistant Director will be to manage the smooth transition of the production for touring, and ensure the quality and energy of each touring performance.
We are looking for directors with some experience and interest in regional touring, who are collaborative, team players, and would benefit from the experience as well as being able to undertake all the duties required. Please apply with a CV and covering letter explaining why assisting Derek on a tour of this scale would be helpful to you at this stage of your career.
Rehearsals begin: Monday 15th August
Production week w/c Monday 5th September
First preview: Thursday 8th September
Press night: Monday 12th September
Run Ends: Saturday 8th October
Tour rehearsals: Monday 10th October
Tour begins: Thursday 13th October
Tour ends: Sunday 6th November
Please note that a specific schedule of dates required will be created in partnership with the appointed Assistant Director.
£2,100 (plus an allowance for travel and accommodation on tour)
Making an application:
Please send your CV (no more than two pages) and a covering letter (no more than one page) by email to Sarah Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions – 12 noon on Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Interviews – Monday 8th August 2016
The premiere of Jess and Joe Forever will take place at Orange Tree Theatre in a co-production with Farnham Maltings. Jess and Joe Forever was originally commissioned by Old Vic New Voices.
|A Nation’s Theatre Conversation: Farnham Maltings
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An afternoon conversation about the future of contemporary theatre in rural England.
Supported by Unlimited Impact; supporting artists and venues to celebrate the work of disabled artists, funded by Spirit of 2012
Thursday 3 March 2016, 3pm
Followed by a preview performance of The Iranian Feast at 5pm.
Many have observed that theatre has changed more in the past 5 years than in the previous 50. This can be seen as clearly in our rural communities as in our major cities. Artists are making work in increasingly varied settings and playful formats. They are using outdoor and unusual spaces, involving members of local communities, mounting wedding feasts, presenting plays that don’t look like plays and dealing with complex questions in their performances. All have in common an ambition to reach new audiences, in new places and reinvent the form – which creates challenges for artists, touring schemes, programmers and audiences. This continuing conversation asks how we ensure that the ambitions of each are shared by us all.
This 90 minute conversation will be a space to consider the question ‘How can we ensure that the very best theatre is being made and shown across the whole country?’ It will be hosted at Farnham Maltings and chaired by Lyn Gardner. The conversation will be followed by a preview performance of our rural touring production, The Iranian Feast, featuring traditional Persian food prepared by Abbas, his wife and his daughter with help from their friends and neighbours. Part thriller, part cookery lesson this is a story of a family working out how life will be in the future.
opportunity: Project Assistant Intern, Arts Partnership Surrey
Arts Partnership Surrey is looking for a Project Assistant Intern to support the delivery of its programme of activity. The Arts Partnership is a strategic alliance of nine local authorities working together through the arts to improve the lives of people in Surrey. The main focus of this role is to support the administration and delivery of art projects across the county.
For a full role specification and person specification please click here to download a job description. You should send your CV and Covering Letter to Christine Lee at email@example.com by 9am, 1 February 2016.
The post is 30 hours a week for a period of six months.
Interview date: Tuesday 9 February 2016.
Please note: This paid internship has been created as part of the Creative Employment Programme. At the time of applying you must be 18 – 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with the Job Centre Plus.
Dante or Die set to make theatre for Surrey’s Sport & Leisure Centres in 2016
- Dante or Die are the recipients of the not for the likes of me commission from Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings
- The commission exists to present a tour of a new or extant piece of theatre across the county that has, at its heart, the ambition to reach people who don’t normally engage with the arts
- The new production entitled Take On Me will be an oddball homage to fitness crazes; the lifestyle, culture and stories of people who regularly use local sports centres.
Dante or Die’s Take on Me has been selected by a panel as the recipient of not for the likes of me, a £30,000 commission from Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings, from over 80 applications. The project, working in collaboration with leisure centres across the county, will begin development in early 2016, with the finished production touring later in the year.
artsdepot are looking for artists and companies to be part of Room, a new festival which will take place in November 2015 in artsdepot’s Creation Space.
Room is a performance platform for quality ideas and new work, across art forms, that can animate the room and be tested in front of a live audience. Room will be comprised of a night of student work, a double bill of new ideas and one night of nearly tour ready work.
We are looking for a stage manager for our production of It’s a Wonderful Life, based on a story by Phillip Van Doren Stern, directed by Gavin Stride. Following the success of our 2014 tour we are remounting the piece and touring it to village halls and community centres across the country this Winter.
We rehearse from 11 November 2015 at Farnham Maltings and open on 27 November 2015 and then tour until 31 January 2016. The contract will be from 9 November 2015 – 1 February 2016. The company will work 5-6 days a week.
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Held since 2002, festival commissions have included work by Tim Etchells, Naomi Wallace, Steve Waters, Fraser Grace, Ed Harris, Diane Samuels, Jane Upton, Chris O’Connell and Janice Okoh as well as dozens of first-time and up-and-coming writers.
For 2015 we are looking to commission new work for the festival which will be developed as Showcase Festival Productions in Cambridge in 2015 and as full productions for national and international touring in 2016 and beyond.
See the commissioning briefs below for full information.
The Deadline for applications is 9th March 2015