Holding Space


Friday 24 September 2021

Credit: 100% Fully Unqualified by Geraldine Heaney and Jassy Earl - photo by Beth Chalmers

Friday 24 September 2021

How to apply

To apply, you should download the attached Guidelines and then email applications@imaginate.org.uk with Holding Space as the subject title telling us answering the following questions:

  • What is your artistic practice?
  • What excites you about performance for young audiences?
  • What would you like to focus on in mentoring sessions, and why?
  • Would you define your voice as underrepresented in the young audiences sector?
  • Are you based in Scotland?

You can apply in writing or film, if you would prefer to talk through the Guildelines (with BSL or captions) please let us know.

Download Holding Space 2021 Guidelines

Holding Space is a mentoring programme for artists and freelancers working in the young audiences sector in Scotland.  We are now looking for mentees who would like to have paid sessions with an artistic mentor to explore a specific area of practice.  Each selected mentee will be offered up to five sessions with a mentor that can be arranged any time between October 2021 and August 2022, with a fee of £400 for the mentee to cover their time.

As this is artistic mentoring, we are looking for freelancers with an artistic practice within theatre and dance and who have a specific area or question they would like to explore with a mentor. This could encompass those who create performances, playwrights or those involved in any aspect of the creative process such as sound designers or costume designers.

We are working in partnership with Birds of Paradise Theatre, Solar Bear and Bijli Productions to ensure the programme is open to artists across the sector.  We have a budget to cover access including BSL, captioning and child care costs, both for any pre-application discussions and to participate in the mentoring.  The seletion panel will consist of three artists and industry colleagues - Briana Pegado, Eoin McKenzie and Priyanka Jha.

If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would like to talk to us before applying please contact Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.

"I cannot recommend the opportunity for focused, specific mentoring enough. I have benefited enormously from being mentored by Hanna Tulliki recently as part of my Jerwood Fellowship - a way to go deep into a particular practice that might exist to the left of you rather than in front. To be ambitious and connect with someone outside your immediate realm and open your mind to new ways of working and surprising reference points. To nourish yourself as an individual rather than a particular project, or an end goal." Claire Willoughby, Jerwood Fellow

Holding Place is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland.