Artists FAQ

Photo by Jassy Earl
Photo by Jassy Earl

If you are unsure about what we offer and if you qualify for support, here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions that might help.  If your questions are not covered here, or you have other suggestions to make about what we do or don't do, please contact Fiona Ferguson Creative Development Director.

How do I connect with Imaginate?

We are ALWAYS interested in hearing from artists and professionals who work in, or are interested in working in, the young audiences sector .  Please do send us an email and tell us about the work you do, or would like to do and we can take it from there.  If we haven't met before we will always try to offer the option of meeting in person for those who would prefer to talk face to face.  The best way for us to get to know you is to come and see your work so please do invite us to anything you are doing, from early stage sharings to full productions.  Give us as much warning as you can.

We also welcome you all to our Social events to meet others who work in the same sector and connect with that very supportive network.  If you are new to the sector/Scotland or coming on your own, you can arrange to meet with us before the Social begins.

To find out what events and opportunities are taking place you can sign up to our mailing list and keep a regular check on our Creative Development Opportunities page and we have Facebook and Twitter pages for artists (which can still be viewed if you don’t have a Facebook/Twitter account).

These FAQs relate to our Creative Development programme.  We have other website pages to share information about performing as part of Edinburgh International Children's Festival, and about touring within Theatre in Schools Scotland.

What if I don't live in Edinburgh?

We programme most of our Creative Development Events in Edinburgh but understand that there are many talented artists living and working across Scotland. We are committed to covering travel costs for artists to attend events and take part in opportunities, we would encourage you to contact us about this.

What do you mean when you use the word artist?

We are interested in talking with anyone who is based in Scotland and who is involved/would like to be involved in the young audiences sector including those who make, design, light, perform, present and produce work.  If you are unsure, please just get in touch with us.

Our programme is open to artists at all stages of their careers from those in higher education, emerging artists, mid-career artists, right through to those who are our most experienced artists. Many of the artists we support do not specialise in work for young audiences, we believe that enhances the young audiences sector in Scotland.

Some Opportunities are aimed at specific artists but parts of our programme are completely open such as the Go & See Fund.

Photo by Jassy Earl
Photo by Jassy Earl

How do Imaginate select artists for opportunities?

This depends on the opportunity, but we aim to be transparent about all selection processes.  For the majority of our Opportunities including Scratch That!, Ideas Exchange, PUSH+ and Artist in Residence posts we do an open call out followed by a panel selection. All of our panels include the relevant member(s) of staff at Imaginate, partner organisations when involved and always a paid freelance artist.  We publish the names of the panel online and always offer feedback for those who would like it.

There are a couple of exceptions to these call outs.  For Family Day we now curate the event in three ways - an open call out, a Commission in partnership with Glasgow Life, and invited performances.  

If you would like to discuss any of these opportunities and our selection process please contact us.

How do I give feedback on/make suggestions for the Creative Development Programme?

You can contact our Creative Development Director throughout the year to discuss the programme, we really encourage you to be proactive in contacting us to make suggestions or feedback on your experience.