opporunity: Sparks Might Fly: UHArts Theatre Commission

UHArts, based at the University of Hertfordshire, is launching its new vision to produce contemporary touring theatre for young audiences inspired by the work of our world class academic researchers.

In order to give as many theatre makers and performance artists an opportunity to become involved, we are launching a £3,000 grant to develop new ideas that emanate from the key themes of Everyday Lives in War, our current research project on the impacts of the First World War. The grant is supported by the Diamond Fund.

Everyday Lives in War is an initiative launched by the Heritage Hub based at the School of Humanities. It is one of 5 national engagement centres, focusing on key themes:

  • First World War food and farming
  • Theatre and entertainment
  • Conscientious objection and military tribunals
  • Supernatural beliefs
  • Childhood
  • Family relationships
  • Cartoons, trench publications and popular culture

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opportunity: Rural and Community Touring Strategic Scoping Project – Southeast

A partnership of organisations working within the rural and community touring sector across the east and southeast of England have funding via Arts Council England to contract an experienced and enthusiastic consultant who can fulfil the role of facilitator,  provocateur and project manager in supporting the partners to address the following burning question:

‘How do we extend the reach of rural touring past what we already do to reach new and under-engaged audiences and what are the implications this might have for place, content, models and partnerships?’

Please find attached a consultant’s brief which outlines the purpose, aims and objectives for the role and details the mechanisms for applying.

Deadline: 12pm 18th February 2015


opportunity: call-out for artists to participate in the Works series at Brighton Dome

Brighton Dome have a great opportunity for artists to participate in a work in development platform, see below for more details…

The Works is an opportunity for artists to present their work in development on Wed 4 Mar 2015. The particular focus is cross-artform and interdisciplinary exploration across theatre, dance and music.

At the heart of The Works is a dialogue between artists and audiences. It is an opportunity for artists to seek the opinions of the audience they wish to attract, and an opportunity for people who care about performance to engage in collective dramaturgy, supporting artists to envisage the choices and possibilities available to them.

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opportunity: Unlimited – call for commissions

Unlimited is a scheme for arts by disabled artists, managed by Artsadmin and Shape, funded by Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland and Spirit of 2012 to create high quality, extraordinary art by disabled artists and get that work seen by diverse audiences.

We are inviting England, Scotland and Wales based disabled artists and companies with a strong track record in their artistic field to apply to create and present new work, across all art forms.

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opportunity: Assistant Producer (Part Time) Freelance at 30 Bird

30 Bird is recruiting a part time Temporary freelance Assistant Producer to support the delivery of JUNCTURES: UK Iran Cultural Exchange on 25 March 2015. Starting as soon as possible and ending in April 2015.

30 Bird creates award winning multi-disciplinary performance work, often designed for non-theatrical spaces touring nationally and internationally. The Company works with practitioners from a variety of disciplines: architecture, science, the visual arts, dance, music, theatre and film creating unique experiences for audiences. The work has an international flavour, collaborating with artists and practitioners from as varied a background as the UK, Iran, Germany, Italy, Poland, India and Turkey.

JUNCTURES is a day of provocations and debate exploring innovation and experimentation across the Arts and Sciences and across UK and Iran. The symposium will feature Peachy Coochy’s, discussions and finish with The Long Table and dinner “Working across cultures and across disciplines – can we find a common language?”. Produced by 30 Bird in partnership with the British Council and in collaboration with Zendeh. Supported by Cambridge Junction and using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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opportunity: Quarterhouse Commission

Folkestone Quarterhouse is seeking an artist or company to create a project with young people in Shepway. We have partnered with six local secondary schools and we are looking for proposals from artists with a strong track record in participatory or co-created arts projects to create an original piece of theatre. The purpose of this project is to develop Folkestone Quarterhouse’s relationship with secondary schools and our reputation for innovative, high quality participatory arts projects. It forms part of Quarterhouse’s long term plan to develop audiences for performance in Shepway.

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opportunity: Slot Together at mac Birmingham

mac birmingham are commissioning a series of eight short theatre shows inspired by a set of rules laid out by   Stan’s Cafe. Four productions will combine to create an evening of performances on 9 May 2015 with the remaining four performed on 16 May 2015 in the Hexagon Theatre at mac birmingham as part of the    Experiment season.

We are looking for a range of theatre makers to pick up this unusual commissioning challenge. There is no guiding theme, genre or theatre style. Productions can have a cast size of any number, with or without words. All we ask is that all productions obey the following rules. 

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opportunity: Unlimited Traineeship

Here’s a great opportunity from our friends at Unlimited…

Unlimited Traineeship 2015

Shape and Artsadmin were selected by Arts Council England to deliver the next round of Unlimited – a national programme supporting disabled artists to develop ambitious and high quality work www.weareunlimited.org.uk

Following Artsadmin’s successful Traineeship programme which has been running since 1998, we are delighted to be working with Shape to support three disabled trainees  each with a twelve-month traineeship in producing, project management and the provision of resources to artists, with a view to developing a career in contemporary arts throughout the three years of the Unlimited programme. The programme offers a long-term learning opportunity through direct involvement in Unlimited; assisting in developing and coordinating artist’s projects, work with venues and advisory support for disabled artists working across a wide range of artforms.

Research shows that there is currently a shortage of disabled arts professionals, particularly as arts producers.  It is felt that this imbalance needs to be addressed in order to provide more disabled role models in the arts. We would like to positively encourage disabled individuals who meet the person specification to apply for this post.

Deadline for applications for the second traineeship is 12pm on Wednesday 3 December 2014.

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 7 January 2015.

Apply online.

Download the job pack.

For all enquiries including access please contact Jessica Denning on 020 7247 5102 or email admin@artsadmin.co.uk.

opportunity: artists in residence at Oxford Playhouse


The Evolve Artists in Residence scheme supports three artists or companies each year with seed funding for projects or research and development, the provision of free rehearsal space, and mentoring, advice and support from the Playhouse team.

Evolve 2015 applications now open

Oxford Playhouse is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the third year of our Artists in Residence scheme, Evolve. Applications are invited from emerging and mid-career artists or companies and should be submitted by 10am on Monday 8th December 2014. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend an interview at the Playhouse on Tuesday 16th December, with the residencies commencing on 1st April 2015.

More details on how to apply at the Oxford Playhouse website.

Mr & Mrs Macbeth

Mr & Mrs Macbeth
Calling all members of the armed forces and their families!

Farnham Maltings are commissioning a new play inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Kevin Dyer, an Artistic Associate at Farnham Maltings, will be writing the play – a story of a man coming home from war, his wife waiting for him, and what it’s like when they see each other again after all that time.

We are hoping to work with a group of members of the armed forces and their families for the research and development stages of the new play we will be commissioning.

Kevin is interested in having a conversation with people for about 20 minutes or half an hour about their lives.

Please contact Julia at julia.clague@farnhammaltings.com for more information or to express interest in this exciting project.