Artist Development
Artist Development
Rough Mix

Creative lab for experienced and early-career artists

Space/Time

Creative retreat for experienced artists

Artist Attachment

Sustained period of practice development for experienced artists

Artist Development

Sustained development for Scottish-based mid-career artists - apply now

Artist Attachment is a major new paid opportunity for Scottish-based artists with a significant track record from any art form to focus on a new development in their work. It is supported by Creative Scotland and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Any professional artist based in Scotland with a significant track-record of making work for at least seven years is eligible to apply: the selected artist will be attached to Magnetic North for up to 18 months with the purpose of focusing on a significant new development in their practice. The artist can be from any art form – theatre, dance, visual art, music or film, for example - but the attachment will be particularly suitable for those with either a performative element to their work, or an interest in developing one.

During the time of the attachment, the artist will be paid a bursary of £15,000, calculated to give them up to 6 months dedicated time whilst allowing them time to undertake other commissions or work. The artist will also have a budget of £5,000 to be used in connection with the attachment - for example, to pay other artists or collaborators, to travel or undertake training.

The artist will be supported throughout by Magnetic North’s core team of Artistic Director and Producer, who will help them shape and plan the attachment. They will also receive regular mentoring from Artistic Director Nicholas Bone.

The first recipient of the award is visual artist, composer, and performer Hanna Tuulikki - you can find out more about her and what she will do during her attachment here.

The next round of applications is now open - you can download information about how to apply here. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 11th June.

Artist Attachment supported by:

 

 

Scotland/New Zealand Playwright Exchange

In 2016, we were part of a hugely successful playwright exchange between New Zealand and Scotland. New Zealand playwright Arthur Meek spent three months with us as Writer-in-Residence and the resulting play, Erewhon Revisited, was subsequently produced at the Christchurch Arts Festival in partnership with Magnetic North. The exchange came out of a wider strategy cultivated by the partners over a number of years to encourage the exchange of creative ideas, voices and forms between two distinctive yet synergistic communities of international artists.

In the longer term, the aim is to build sustainable links for collaboration between playwrights and producers; the commissioning and production of new plays; touring productions, transfers and co-productions.

In 2018, the second phase of the exchange will take place when Morna Young will spend three months as Writer-in-Residence in New Zealand, co-hosted by BATS Theatre and Toi Põneke Arts Centre in Wellington. The residency is managed in a partnership between Magnetic North, Playwrights' Studio Scotland and Playmarket New Zealand and funded by Creative Scotland and Creative New Zealand. As part of the exchange, we will be running a Rough Mix residency in Auckland in May/June 2018.

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Creative lab for experienced and early-career artists

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ROUGH MIX is a paid creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development: a two-week practical opportunity for artists to try out new ideas or new ways of working. It brings together a small core group of practitioners from different disciplines and gives them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. The practitioners work together with a group of performers and two early-career artists over a two week period before making a work-in-progress showing at the end.

We offer two prioritised places: one for an artist identifying as Deaf or disabled and one for an artist from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background. It is open to both experienced and early-career artists and selection is through an open call process.    

There have been 8 Rough Mix residencies so far, in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Peebles. In 2018, Rough Mix will take place in Auckland, New Zealand - applications are now open, read more here.

Film-maker Julien Pearly made this short film about Rough Mix 2015:

 

Previous years:

For information about previous Rough Mixes and to find out about the participating artists, please follow these links:

Rough Mix 2017

Rough Mix 2016

Rough Mix 2015

Rough Mix 2014

Rough Mix 2013

Rough Mix 2012

Rough Mix 2010

Rough Mix 2006

Magnetic North runs a comprehensive Artist and Project Development programme

It provides paid opportunities for established and emergent artists from all disciplines both to develop their practice and to explore ideas for new work. All participants are paid a fee, and we actively encourage applications from Deaf and disabled artists and BAME artists.

Click on the links below to find out more about the individual parts of the programme. Sign up for our Artist and Project Development mailing list using the panel on the right to receive information about opportunities.

  • ROUGH MIX creative lab. A two week multi-art form practical opportunity for artists to try out new ideas and new ways of working. It brings together a small group of practitioners from different disciplines and gives them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Rough Mix is open to both established and emergent artists and selection is through an open call process. The next Rough Mix will be in Auckland, New Zealand in May/June 2018 and the application process is now open - more information here.
  • SPACE/TIME creative retreat.  A 5 day multi-art form residential retreat for artists from all disciplines, built around facilitated discussion and individual time for reflection. Participation in Space/Time is open to established artists and selection is through an open call process. The next Space/Time retreat will be in Autumn 2018, please join our Artist Development mailing list to receive further information.
  • ARTIST ATTACHMENT sustained development for mid-career artists. A major new paid development opportunity for Scottish-based artists with a significant track record from any art form.
  • 2018 NEW ZEALAND PLAYWRIGHT RESIDENCY. An opportunity for a playwright based in Scotland to spend three months as writer-in-residence with a New Zealand theatre company. Now closed to applications - more information here.
  • RE-MIX project development. We develop projects to production through a process of commissioning and development. Projects may arise from partnerships that begin at Rough Mix, from invitations to artists we admire, or from interesting ideas that are brought to us. 
  • NETWORK ongoing support. Once you have taken part in our artist development programme, you become part of a network of over 80 artists and performers who have already participated. We continue to offer informal and formal support and advice to participants. We plan to nourish this network in the future through twice-yearly catch-ups - refresher days for talking, sharing and socialising. 
  • PRODUCING SUPPORT  We are currently working with a number of Rough Mix artists to help them produce work. We can: 
    • provide creative or logistical advice and support,
    • help find production partners,
    • fundraise,
    • manage productions.

We believe that this programme offers unique opportunities for artists with an interest in live performance from all disciplines.  If you are interested in finding out more about what we do, please subscribe to our Artist Development mailing list.

Support our Artist Development programme - you can find out how to support our artistic development work financially here.

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Multi-artform creative lab for experienced and early-career artists - Auckland, May/June 2018

#MNroughmix

ROUGH MIX is a paid multi-artform creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development: a two-week practical opportunity for artists to try out new ideas or new ways of working. It brings together a small core group of experienced artists from different disciplines and gives them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. The artists work with a group of performers and two early-career artists over a two week period before making a work-in-progress showing at the end. Previous participants have included playwrights, composers, choreographers, visual artists and film-makers.

In 2018, Rough Mix will take place outside Scotland for the first time, in Auckland, New Zealand.  Based at the Basement Theatre, it will run from 28 May-8 June. There will be a sharing of work on Friday 8th June.

You can read more about Rough Mix here.

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