Family Encounters and APA - Call out


Sunday 21 January

Credit: c. Ruth Armstrong

Sunday 21 January

How to apply

Please read the full guidelines, then download and complete the application form. Please don’t send any CVs or any other additional documents. Send your application to with Family Encounters Programme 2024 in the subject by Sunday 21 January 2024.

We are delighted to be partnering with Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) for the first time to commission a new walk-about performance for family audiences. The commission will be performed as part of Family Encounters at the National Museum of Scotland on Saturday 25 May 2024 and in an outdoor Aberdeen location at Light The Blue on Saturday 8 June 2024.

Download the Guidelines (including links to audio files and BSL interpretation)

We are inviting proposals from artists based in Scotland who would like to create a new walk-about character(s) or performance to present at both events. We are particularly keen to hear from artists based in or with a connection to Aberdeen and the North-East.

Selected companies and artists will receive:

  • A budget of up to £4k to cover artists and creative fees, materials, travel, accommodation, per diems, and stage management support.  You do not need to create a budget for the application, if chosen we will create one with you.
  • Production consultation and support, including dedicated meetings to cover risk assessments and technical requirements.
  • Free space in an Aberdeen Performing Arts venue or National Museum of Scotland to develop the piece, subject to availability.
  • Support and a separate budget to cover any costs associated with your access needs (we use access riders for all creatives involved in our projects).
  • Technical and Front of House staff at both Festival events.
  • Professional photographs taken at Family Encounters and Light The Blue for use in your own marketing and future promotion.

If you would like to ask questions about this opportunity, or to talk through any element you are unsure about, please contact us through  We can arrange to talk with you by email, phone or zoom and have an access budget to support these pre-application meetings so let us know what you need.

** We also have another Family Encounters call-out. Find out more here. **