Holding Space


Monday 21 March 2022

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

Monday 21 March 2022

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, full details are in the Guidelines.  If you would like to apply with BSL this is welcome, let us know so we can arrange for translation of your application and a meeting with you beforehand if you would like to go through the guildelines and project.

If you have any questions about Holding Space or the application process please contact Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.  

Download Holding Space Guidelines 2022

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 May and October 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.

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

"Holding Space has come at a vital point in my journey as a theatre maker. I had felt a loss of confidence in my work and was beginning to panic I might not be in a rehearsal room again.  My mentor has helped me really clarify what my issues are and has helped me get my own thoughts in order about how I want to tackle this. Having some one there who I can open up to in confidence has allowed me to articulate a lot of worries that I might not have otherwise been able to express. I am still in the middle of the mentorship, but even within a couple of sessions I can reflect on the progress my mentor has helped me make." Current Holding Space mentee

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.