Photo by Jassy Earl

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.

Stage One

Artists will submit an idea they would like to develop with an explanation of the key questions or areas of research they are interested in spending time on.

Stage Two

Artists selected for Stage Two will be offered producing support to create a budget and schedule for their idea to enable the panel to choose an ambitious range of proposals that have the time and resources to be effectively realised.

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. 



Photo by Jassy Earl

Accelerator 2018

We are currently selecting work for 2018 after an open call out process, the 2018 artist(s) will be announced here by the end of July 2018.