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Job Vacancy: Producer


Magnetic North
Producer 0.6FTE
£36,000 per annum pro-rata = £21,600 for a 3 day week
Based in Edinburgh 
Flexible working
Deadline for applications 9am on Monday 11 April 2022

Magnetic North’s work integrates producing and touring new theatre work with artist development and support. The company is based in Edinburgh, regularly funded by Creative Scotland, and run by a core team of four. After 10 years with the company, Verity Leigh is leaving to take up a new role, so we are looking to appoint a Producer.  The Producer will work closely with the Artistic Director, Nicholas Bone, to lead and develop Magnetic North, and will produce its programme of high quality artist development work and touring, online and hybrid productions, taking responsibility for project management, delivery and financial management.


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Call out for performers: Rough Mix 2022

880x400-crop-90-rough_mix Photo by Su Grierson

We are looking for performers for our Rough Mix 2022 residency at Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling from 17-28 January 2022.

We're creating an ensemble of six flexible, open performers from theatre, performance and dance backgrounds.  The performers will be working with artists from different artforms trying out new ideas or new ways of working.  Experience of improvisational or development work would be helpful; an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in are essential. 

 We are looking for a mix of skills in the ensemble, including performers from a text-based theatre background, physical theatre performers, dancers, and performers who can sing or play an instrument. 

Performers will be paid a fee of £550/week.  Working time is 10am-6pm Monday-Friday, plus the end of project sharing on Friday 28 January.   

We are particularly interested in hearing from performers who are based in Stirling or Stirlingshire.  

For full details, download the guidelines here.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 29th November 2021.

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Marking 21 years of Magnetic North

DTimage1999 The Dream Train (1999) by Tom McGrath. David Gallacher as The Baron (1999).

We've commissioned some of the artists we have worked with over the years to contribute something to mark our 21st anniversary. Each has contributed something connected to their work with us and received a small fee. Every week we'll add a new commission to this blog post.

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Parent / Carer SPACE / TIME artist residency


From 16-20 November 2020 we're holding our Space/Time online residency for experienced artists and/or creative producers who are parents or carers. 

Space / Time is part of our Artist Development programme - for this session we are delivering it in partnership with Federation of Scottish Theatre (FST). It is a creative retreat for experienced artists from any art form that asks the question “How can you continue to thrive as an artist?” Ordinarily participants travel together to a location in Scotland, but due to the current pandemic, we have rethought Space/Time as an online residency.

This special edition of Space/Time is aimed specifically at experienced artists and/or creative producers who are also parents or carers and are based in Scotland. The residency aims to refresh participants through a stimulating examination of creativity while being in the role of parent/carer. During the residency, we will question what creativity is within the context of parenting, how it can be nourished and explore how artists can continue to challenge themselves to develop and thrive while being a parent or carer.

Find out about the selected artists:

Louise Briggs

Louise is a producer and creative facilitator working in the visual arts. She has worked on a variety of large and small-scale commissions, exhibitions, events and artist residencies across a variety of media including; complex sculptural and ephemeral installations; site-specific interventions; performance and spoken word; and publication. She has also developed a writing practice that explores and is inspired by visual art. Her research interests are concerned with critical memoir and auto-theory as a poetics for critique, and the use of the cerebral and emotional voice to explore social and political issues relating to the marginalised voice.

 Jusztina Hermann

Jusztina is a performance artist and director specialising in circus and street theatre. She devises her own work with Scottish circus-theatre company Delighters as well as collaborating with other artists as a performer, director and mentor. Her Fire Theatre shows were performed internationally at Festa Del Fuoco di Stromboli (Italy), Earagail Arts Festival (Ireland), Galway Arts Festival (Ireland), Sziget Festival (Hungary). She regularly works with Jabuti Theatre, Rowanbank and Irish landscape theatre company LUXe and has also collaborated with Festa Del Fuoco Ensemble, CircusTheatre Production, Firebirds, Circonnection, ENCI, and Iron Oxide. Since 2018 Jusztina has also curated and produced Scotland's only ongoing circus cabaret night Cirqulation.

Ruaridh M Law

Ruaridh works as performer, improviser, DJ and artist, performing solo, in groups and collaborations, across a wide range of festivals, arts spaces, venues and clubs. He’s been commissioned by organisations such as FutureEverything, the Anthony Burgess Foundation and Unconscious Archives in the UK, FIBER and Incubate in Amsterdam and AAA in San Francisco. He regularly works with Scotland’s Sanctuary, for whom he’s produced large-scale outdoor works combining sound walks, improvised performance and experimental storytelling. He runs the Broken20 multimedia label, which has been releasing experimental music, DVD, cassette, vinyl and mixed media works over 10 years and 50+ releases. In March 2020 Ruaridh set up further_in, a streaming channel for all disciplines of art to support those who have lost work due to the COVID-19 epidemic.

Jennifer Paterson

Jennifer is an aerial and dance artist and Artistic Director of All or Nothing Aerial Dance Theatre. She has performed worldwide with companies/directors including Boilerhouse, Iron Oxide, Catherine Wheels / National Theatre Scotland and Cora Bissett / The Arches, often working on large scale outdoor spectacular performances including the London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. Jen founded All or Nothing in 2006 as a focus for her own work as well as the desire to establish aerial arts within the cultural fabric of Scotland. All or Nothing create, teach, perform and advocate for aerial dance throughout the country, from small scale touring theatre to large scale outdoor spectacle.

Corinne Salisbury

Corinne is a playwright and a creative producer. She has been commissioned by National Theatre of Scotland, Paines Plough/Pitlochry Festival Theatre, and Strange Town theatre company. Corinne was a winner of the Playwrights' Studio Scotland New Playwrights Award and has been supported to develop new work by Creative Scotland, an Athenaeum Award from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Peggy Ramsay Foundation and an NTS Guest Room residency. Her play GIRLBOSS was published in Routledge’s anthology ‘Short Plays with Great Roles for Women’ in late 2019.

Ben Winger

Ben is a performer, theatre-maker and aspiring film-maker. As a performer he has worked with Theatre companies across Scotland and is a Clowndoctor and Elderflower with Hearts and Minds. Ben was the lead artist on the show 'MESS' created for children with complex additional support needs in conjunction with Tenterhooks Theatre, which he was touring just before lockdown. Ben is currently working with Kerry Cleland and Catherine Wheels as part of their MAKESPACE project, and with Starcatchers to create a series of Creative Skills online films for practitioners working in early years settings.

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Announcing 12 new commissions for artists

Into the Mountain - Simone Kenyon. Photo: Felicity Crawshaw

We’re proud to announce the artists we will support with our micro-commissions programme.

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