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Work with us! Artistic Administrator

Magnetic North’s work integrates producing and touring theatre with artist development and support. With new Regular Funding from Creative Scotland, we are looking to appoint an Artistic Administrator working on a 40% contract (average of 2 days a week, working flexibly according to programme requirements) for an initial 12 month contract. The Artistic Administrator post will particularly focus on the artist development and support element of our work, as well as assisting the Producer and Artistic Director across the whole of the company’s output.

Salary: £25,000 per annum pro-rata
Contract: Initial 12 month contract, with the potential for extension
Hours: 0.4 fte (2 days/week at 8 hours/day)

Please download this pdf document for more information and to apply.


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Time to stop and consider

From tomorrow five artists will embark on a creative retreat we call Space/Time in Dumfries & Galloway. Three of the artists have written about their expectations of this cross-artform residency:

Claire Halleran (set design) 
I’m a Set and Costume designer based in Scotland, but have been fortunate to work overseas and to have work tour internationally. My designs vary from small, compact children’s shows to large immersive events for all. I have created small cardboard houses covered in glitter and hand paint for 2-year-olds to the interior of a cinema/film festival in a disused bingo hall in the north of Scotland.

I love what I do, I enjoy the problem solving and working and collaborating with others, but also taking time to research and develop ideas as an individual. Working in the world of stage design ensures that there is never a day that is the same as another, which keeps things interesting, exciting and I appreciate a challenge. I work in scripted theatre and devised theatre both of which bring their thrilling moments and I’m always astonished at how much I learn from each collaboration.

I am very much looking forward to Space/Time - spending time with artists from other art forms and allowing myself to stop and consider what I do and why I have found my particular way of working. I find myself reacting quickly to create design decisions and have not interrogated my approach to the creative practice since studying both Fine Art (Glasgow School of Art) and a Master of Fine Art (Queen Margaret University). Being able to learn and evolve your creative practice is a fundamental part of being able to maintain an exciting and engaging conversation with both your creative colleagues and your audience. Each time I have seen Space/Time or Rough Mix advertised, I have wanted to be involved, but each time there has been too much going on to take the time. Now I realise that I need to make the time.

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Announcing 2018 New Zealand Playwright Residency

In partnership with Playwrights' Studio Scotland, Playmarket New Zealand abd Creative New Zealand, we are delighted to announce the opportunity for a playwright based in Scotland to spend three months as writer-in-residence with a theatre company in New Zealand.

The residency foolows Arthur Meek's successful residency with Magnetic North in 2016, which resulted in him writing Erewhon Revisited, which premiered in September this year at the Christchurch Arts Festival.

Experienced playwrights based in Scotland are eligible to apply - you can find out more here. The deadline for applications has been extended to Monday 19 February 2018.

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The Mother of All Festivals

The Edinburgh Festivals are about to begin. We've made our way through the endless listings and recommend the below from Magnetic North alumni:

Arab Arts Focus, from 2 Aug

Eaten, from 4 Aug

Chill Habibi, from 4 Aug

Fairich: Live, 14, 21, 22-28 Aug

Home is Not the Place, 18-27 Aug

Wired. 23-26 Aug

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Space/Time retreat Oct 2016

Space Time is a paid 5 day 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 and provocative examination of creativity.

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

The next Space/Time retreat will run from 11 - 16 October 2016, presented in partnership with Cove Park.

We are delighted to announce that the artists taking part are:

Mamoru Iriguchi (theatre-maker)

Maria Oller (theatre-maker)

Kirsty Whiten (visual artist)

Flore Gardner (visual artist)

Anthony Green (composer)

The next Space/Time residency will be in Spring 2017; sign up to our Artist Development mailing list to be notified when more information is available.

To find out more, watch this short film which captures the reflections of the artists who took part in the 2015 retreat.



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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....