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.

Faslane by Jenna Watt. Photo: Mihaela Bodlovic.

Jenna Watt said, "The Artist Attachment is a unique opportunity to focus on integrating my recent studies in the field of sustainable rural development with my practice as a theatre maker. The attachment enables me to dedicate my time to developing an immersive process and to experience the breadth of conservation and rewilding that's happening in Scotland today. I'm excited to spend time working at a grass roots level in this area and to explore acts of rewilding in a performative context."

During the attachment, Jenna will document the process of rewilding in Scotland, and work with communities, conservationists and other custodians of the land across Scotland to create a series of site-specific performances. At the end of her attachment, Jenna will draw this work together to create a performance which explores how the act of rewilding could also rewild our lives.

She will have regular mentoring meetings with Magnetic North’s Artistic Director Nicholas Bone, and will be able to draw on management support from Magnetic North, as well as a £5,000 production budget and a bursary of £15,000. Her attachment will be book-ended by two elements of Magnetic North’s artist development programme: Space/Time and Rough Mix. Space/Time is a facilitated cross-art form retreat at which Jenna will be able to reflect on what she wants to achieve during the attachment; Rough Mix is a practical two-week multi-artform creative lab where she will be able to try out ideas in a fertile and creative atmosphere.  

The Artist Attachment award is supported by Creative Scotland and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.  The selection panel for the award was Nicholas Bone (Artistic Director, Magnetic North), Verity Leigh (Producer, Magnetic North), Anita Clark (The Work Room) and Professor Peter Nelson (Reid School of Music, University of Edinburgh).