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The invaluable support, knowledge and advice of the Imaginate team combined with the freedom to manage the production idea in the way that worked best for us. Imaginate are both wonderfully hands-off and brilliantly hands-on at the same time, offering support that truly puts artists and their development first. I believe that this is an ideal environment in which artists can truly develop their best work with the utmost freedom to grow a project whilst being financially secure and able to draw on expertise.

Accelerator is a new 3-year Imaginate project offering mentoring, producing support and performance opportunities for artists to create new theatre and/or dance works in progress.

Accelerator will allow artists to develop an idea for a new production, present it as a work in progress to potential partners (venues, festivals, funders) and find funding to take it to full production. A selection panel made up of Imaginate staff, industry colleagues and freelance artists will select one or two proposals each year.

Each Accelerator artist will receive: 

  • A budget
    Each artist will receive a budget for their own time with a small production budget to research and create a work in progress.

  • Dedicated support
    Imaginate’s Producer and Creative Development Director will work with the Accelerator artists on articulating their idea, supporting the work-in-progress presentation, identifying potential partners and writing a funding application to take the work to full production.  There will be further support from the wider Imaginate team to incorporate advice on programming potential, marketing, finance & budgeting and introductions to contacts within the sector (UK and international).

  • Professional Development
    The Accelerator artists will have access to opportunities and events within the creative development programme including seeing work at Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.

  • Rigorous feedback
    Accelerator artists can ask for feedback at the points of development this would be useful.  This feedback could be from the Imaginate team, other industry colleagues, groups of children or young people and artistic peers. 

  • Pro-active showcasing
    Imaginate will work with the Accelerator artists to find the right context and event to present their work in progress. Potential partners – programmers, funders, producers - will be invited to see it with the explicit intention of finding further support. 

After an open call out in June, two Accelerator artists have been selected. Peter Lannon and Niroshini Thambar will both develop a new work in progress for young audiences between September 2018 - June 2019, click on their links below for further details.

If you would like to find out more about this project please contact Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.