Blog: Creative Development call outs

27 July 2022

Image of Scratch That sharing of Brain Matters by Ruby Hirsch - photo by Louise King
Image of Scratch That sharing of Brain Matters by Ruby Hirsch - photo by Louise King

We are keen to increase the information artists and freelancers can access about what we do and why we do it making our processes transparent and clear. As part of this we would like to publish the call outs we are planning for the next eight months.  If you have any questions about any of these opportunities and projects please do get in touch by emailing Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.

Accelerator 
This project is for artists to research and develop a new performance idea for young audiences, developing it to a work in progress stage. The project comes with funding, artistic and producing support.  This call out will be open to individual artists and collectives/companies who have experience of making and presenting performances and who are based in Scotland.

Call out – September 2022
Panel and decision – November 2022
Project time line – the Accelerator development can take place between January to November 2023 with the option of sharing something at Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May 2023 or at another event in Autumn 2023.

Family Encounters Commission 
Family Encounters (FE) will take place on 27 May 2023 at the National Museum of Scotland as part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.  FE is a day of free pop-up performances and arts activities, the Family Encounters commission is a chance for Imaginate to support artists based in Scotland to create something new for this event.  In the past, the Family Encounters programme has varied widely in scale and form such as a dance piece on a huge set of swings, a cross artform durational performance and an interactive radio station dedicated to young experts and their advice for adults.

This call out will be open to individual artists and collectives/companies who would like to make a brand new pop-up piece of work for Family Encounters.

Call out – September 2022
Panel and decision – November 2022
Project timeline – Family Encounters will take place on 27 May 2023. Conversations and planning with the commissioned artists will begin at the start of 2023.

Scratch That! 
Scratch That! is evening of high quality, exciting and diverse new early-stage dance and theatre pieces for children and young people. It’s opportunity to try out ideas and to receive feedback from peers and sector colleagues, and is suitable for artists at any stage of their career. Applicants can be solo artists, or companies/collectives with up to 4 creatives attached to the project.

Call out – October 2022
Panel and decision – December 2022
Project timeline – Scratch That! will take place on 9 February 2023 (date tbc) at the Tramway in Glasgow.

Teachers’ Theatre Club (TTC) 
TTC is a project in partnership with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe offering teachers in Edinburgh and the Lothians the opportunity to see professional performances and to meet the artists who made the work and other industry professionals.  The project is open to teachers working in Council-run primary, secondary and ASN schools in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Call out – November 2022
Panel and decision – December 2022
Project time line – selected teachers will have an introductory session in March 2023 followed by a programme of shows at Edinburgh International Children’s Festival in May 2023, Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2023 and other relevant performances.  The project will finish in December 2023.

Family Encounters Programme  
Family Encounters (FE) will take place on 27 May 2023 at the National Museum of Scotland as part of Edinburgh International Children’s Festival.  FE is a day of free pop-up performances and arts activities.  For this call-out we’ll be looking for small, pre-existing performances that are suitable for a public environment. Previous work has included walk about characters, pop-up dance performances, interactive experiences and arts activities.  Generally performances are between 5 – 15 minutes long.

Call out – November 2022
Panel and decision – January 2023
Project time line – Family Encounters will take place on 27 May 2023. Conversations and planning with the commissioned artists will begin in February 2023.

Launchpad 
Launchpad offers funding, artistic and producing support for early career artists to research and develop a new performance idea for young audiences. Applicants do not need to have previous experience of making performances.  The project includes professional development for the artist including a visit to an international festival for young audiences.

This call out will be open to individual artists who are based in Scotland and at least one of the two places will be allocated to artists currently underrepresented in the young audiences sector in Scotland.

Call out – January 2023
Panel and decision – March 2023
Project time line – the Launchpad development can take place between April to November 2023 with the option to attend Edinburgh International Children’s Festival as a Professional Delegate in May 2023.

Artist in Residence, ASN School
We have funding to support an artist to work with an ASN school in Edinburgh to develop a new performance idea for D/deaf and/or disabled audiences.  The project will cover research time, workshop time in a partner ASN school and a production budget to develop a new performance idea.

Call out – March 2023
Panel and decision – May 2023
Project time line – the artist will be invited to attend Edinburgh International Children’s Festival as a Professional Delegate in May 2023 and the residency will take place during the August to December 2023 school term.

Call out summaries

Accelerator – September 2022
Family Encounters Commission – September 2022
Scratch That! – October 2022
Teachers’ Theatre Club – November 2022
Family Encounters Programme – November 2022
Launchpad – January 2023
Artist in Residence, ASN School – March 2023