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Rough Mix Perth participating artists announced

This year’s Rough Mix (our multi-art form residency) will take place at Perth Theatre from 7–18 January 2019.

We have a great group of artists coming - Lesley Wilson, Diego Bagagal, Rosanna Irvine, Nichola Scrutton, Ailie Robertson, Bob Bennett and Lise Olsen. Find out more about some of them below.

Please join us if you can for a sharing of work at Perth Theatre on Friday 18 January at 6.00pm. Book a free ticket here.

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Apply now for Space/Time March 2019 in Lyth

Our next Space Time retreat will run from 13th-18th March 2019 at Lyth Arts Centre in Caithness and the application process is now open. Experienced artists from any art form are welcome to apply by the deadline of 1pm on Friday 21st December.

Space/Time is a paid creative retreat for experienced artists from all disciplines that asks the question “How does an artist keep developing?”

It aims to refresh participants through a stimulating examination of creativity. During the residency, we will explore how creativity can be nourished and how artists can continue challenging themselves to develop.

The residency combines facilitated dialogue - built around a series of self-generated questions - with time for individual reflection and work. It is led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath.

 You can find out more about how to apply here and if you need any more information please get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Apply now for Rough Mix 2019 in Perth

Artists and performers can apply now for Rough Mix 2019, our multi-artform creative lab.

ROUGH MIX is a paid multi-artform creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development. Developed and run by Magnetic North, with this iteration running in partnership with Perth Theatre, Rough Mix is 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 – previous participants have included playwrights, composers, choreographers and visual artists - 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. There have been 9 editions of Rough Mix already, leading to a wide range of new work.

Applications are accepted in three categories:

  • Experienced Artists
  • Early-career Artists
  • Performers

For more information about Experienced and Early-career Artist places, please follow this link.

For more information about Performer places, please follow this link.

For more information about Rough Mix, look here.

The closing date for Artists is 1pm UK on Wed 17 Oct, with decisions advised by Fri 26 Oct.

The closing date for Performers is 1pm UK on Wed 24 Oct, with decisions advised by Fri 2 Nov.

Late applications will not be considered.

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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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Seeking New Board Members for Magnetic North

Magnetic North is seeking new members to join our small but committed Board of Directors.

Based in Edinburgh, Magnetic North produces and tours theatre and runs a programme of artist development and support. Our work integrates artist development with production in a five part programme: 1. Rough Mix, 2. Re-Mix, 3. Make, 4. Space/Time, 5. Support.

We are looking for people who are keen to become active and energetic champions for Magnetic North. We are interested in hearing from people with all relevant experience including that gained in a volunteering or personal capacity. This may be your first role as a trustee, or you may have current or previous board experience. Magnetic North aims for its Board members to reflect the diverse communities of Scotland; we want to hear from a wide range of individuals and are particularly keen to hear from BAME candidates.

For more information and to apply please read this information sheet.

Deadline for applications is Monday 18 June 2018.

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