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ROUGH MIX January 2022

ROUGH MIX January 2022

Magnetic North is delighted to announce the lead and collaborating artists for our next Rough Mix creative lab. Rough Mix brings together five lead artists, each with a new idea to develop, two collaborating artists, and an ensemble of six performers. Each lead artist spends time observing, assisting or collaborating on the other artists’ projects as well as working on their own project. Rough Mix 2022 is a partnership with Macrobert Arts Centre and will take place in person at Macrobert. Should this not be possible then the residency will move online.

The lead artists are Beth Dynowski, Kathy McKean, Priiya Prethora, Jennifer Paterson and Lewis Sherlock. The collaborating artists are Amy Conway and Ben Fletcher. Together they work across dance, physical theatre, aerial, music, writing, theatre, sculpture and performance.

Rough Mix ran from 17-28 January 2022. We're doing a watch party to share the new work created during the residency on Thursday 10 March 2022 from 6pm GMT (includes a Q&A). Register here.

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Rough Mix in Aberdeen

This year's Rough Mix takes place at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts.

The participating artists and our Artistic Director Nicholas Bone talk about their plans for the residency in this video:

Tickets for the free sharing of work in progress on Friday 15 July, 6pm, are available here. 

Rough Mix Aberdeen has been realised in partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts and is supported by Creative Scotland, the David & June Gordon Memorial Trust and Aberdeen City Council creative funding.

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How to apply for Rough Mix 2020: artists and performers


Rough Mix 2020 will take place at Summerhall, Edinburgh from  20-31 January. It is being presented in partnership with manipulate and Summerhall.

There are paid opportunities for experienced artists, early-career artists, and performers to take part. It is open to artists and performers from any art form. Applicants from Scotland with experience of puppetry will also be able to apply to take part in the Scotland-Quebec Puppetry Exchange programme being run jointly by Magnetic North, Puppet Animation Scotland, and Casteliers, Montreal.

Experienced and early-career artists should download a PDF with full information, including links to the online application forms, here.

Performers should download a PDF with full information, including links to the online application forms, here.

The deadlines for applications are:

1pm (UK), 23rd September 2019 for experienced and early-career artists (including Scotland-Quebec Puppetry Exchange).

1pm (UK), 7th October 2019  for performers.


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Call out for performers: Rough Mix 2022

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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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ROUGH MIX January 2021

Rough Mix

Rough Mix is a paid creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development: 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 practitioners from different disciplines and gives them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Rough Mix 2021 began on 25 January 2021 and is presented in partnership with the Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling.

The new work created was shared on Friday 5 February 2021 in an online event.

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