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2018 Artist Attachment award

Magnetic North has awarded its 2018 Artist Attachment to theatremaker Jenna Watt. The Magnetic North Artist Attachment is a unique opportunity for Scottish-based artists with a significant track record to have a sustained period of paid time to focus on a new development in their work. It is designed flexibly to allow the recipient to spread six months of dedicated time over an 18 month period, and so be able to continue with other commitments and projects. Any professional artist based in Scotland with a significant track-record of making work for at least seven years is eligible to apply. The first Artist Attachment was awarded to visual artist, composer and performer Hanna Tuulikki in 2017.

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A haven for artists from all disciplines

In two weeks five artists will embark on our creative retreat called Space/Time at Cove Park. Two of the artists have sent us a postcard (including an audio one!) in the run up to the residency:

Sharron Devine (Theatre Maker & Director)

Artist Name - Sharron-Devine.m4a

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Magnetic North is looking for production staff for its next production

Magnetic North is looking for a Production Manager and a Stage Manager for its forthcoming production Lost In Music, which premieres in February 2019.

Lost in Music is a new piece of music-theatre for young adults which explores the importance of music to teenagers. It is being written by Kim Moore and Nicholas Bone and feature a cast of professional musicians and performers as well as an additional cast of young performers which will change from venue to venue. It rehearses in Glasgow and Edinburgh from the end of January 2019 and will be performed at North Edinburgh Arts and Platform in February/March 2019. You can read more about it here

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The Magic Lantern - The Device Which Would Not Die

There is no question about it. The magic lantern is a splendid looking beast- all shining mahogany and gleaming brass. But what does this strange object mean to us in our high tech digital world? Beyond a kind of steam punk charm, what does it have to offer a modern audience of today?

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Lasers and plastics and slides, oh my!

What do you get when you put together an international group of artists, a media archaeologist, a team of makers, laser cutters and 3D printers? Magic lantern slides 200 years in the making.

Over the course of its long and colorful history, magic lanterns have appeared in wide variety of contexts, ranging from faux seances in Parisian crypts to scientific lectures at the Royal Polytechnic Institute in London to evangelistic meetings in the South Pacific and Africa. As the content of lantern shows shifted over time, projectors and slides also evolved to incorporate the latest technology. The debut of Carpenter and Westley’s copperplate-printed slides in the early 1820s made lantern slides widely available for the first time, empowering amateur and professional projectionists alike. In an effort to make these images move, the Victorians marshalled a cadre of ingenious wood-and-brass devices that slid, rotated, and rocked pieces of painted glass. Place these devices in a projector, and poof-- figures dance, float, and lunge across the screen.




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J. Sharp Taking A Walk
07 September 2014
Very much enjoyed your show at the Brunton Theatre last night and the silent walk to start was an excellent addition, creating the perfect atmosphere....