Coronavirus micro-commissions

We have launched Coronavirus Micro Commissions for artists based in Scotland. There are seven £1,000 commissions to support developing a new idea, reflecting on a past project, or to spend time writing, drawing, moving or whatever your practice is. Applications closed on 3 July at 5pm.

1-to-1 sessions for artists

To help us connect better with artists and offer support to those who need it most, we have launched a new way to meet members of the Magnetic North team. 1-to-1 sessions are an opportunity for artists at any stage of their career to seek advice, tell us about their practice or just say hello.

What happens in a 1-to-1 session?

It’s up to you, the session can be up to an hour long and is for whatever you need it to be in relation to your artistic practice. This could be a simple introduction, a check in about your practice, talking about a specific idea you have, advice on producing work, or anything else that we might be able to help with. Our main areas of expertise are developing and producing theatre and multi-art form performance work and we have worked with writers, performers, musicians, performance makers, choreographers and visual artists.

Who is eligible?

Anyone working in the arts and based in Scotland, we support artists with all sorts of practices. We have the capacity for 6 sessions per month and will allocate them on a first-come first-served basis.

How do I get in touch?

If you would like to book a 1-to-1 session, get in touch using the button below with a short summary of what you would like to talk about, mentioning any access needs you may have. The member of our team most suited to your needs will get back to you and arrange a time/place to talk.

Please note that during the current pandemic, these sessions will all be online.

Artists' Network

Once you have taken part in our artist development programme, you become part of a network of over 150 artists and performers who have already participated. We continue to offer informal and formal support and advice to participants. We nourish this network through twice-yearly catch-ups and social events - opportunities for talking, sharing and socialising.

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.

Artist Attachment

Sustained development for experienced artists. 

A major paid development opportunity for Scottish-based artists with a significant track record from any art form.  The attachment gave Scotland-based artists the resources and support to spend time focusing on a new development in their work. 

(Pictured right) Jenna Watt 2018-20 Artist Attachment award holder


We support a number of artists from our network each year to explore new aspects in their work, or to develop new skills through individual mentoring sessions.

International Artist Exchanges

Opportunities for artists from Scotland to work abroad and for international artists to take part in Rough Mix. Exchanges include:

2020 Scotland/Quebec Puppetry Exchange Programme (in partnership with Castelliers (Montreal) and Puppet Animation Scotland)

Two puppeteers - one from Scotland and one from Quebec - will each work to develop new work that combines live puppetry with stop-motion processes as part of Rough Mix 2020

2020 New Zealand - Scotland Playwright Exchange (in partnership with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Playmarket New Zealand).

Playwright Uther Dean spent two months on attachment with us working on a new play and taking part in Rough Mix 2020.


2018 Scotland/New Zealand Playwright Residency (in partnership with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Playmarket New Zealand)

Playwright Morna Young spent three months as writer-in-residence with BATS Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand writing and researching The Water Spirits

2016 New Zealand - Scotland Playwright Exchange (in partnership with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Playmarket New Zealand).

Playwright Arthur Meek spent three months as writer-in-residence with us working on Erewhon, which premiered at the 2017 Christchurch Arts Festival.