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Artist Development Opportunities in Scotland - Sector Meeting
2.30pm-4.30pm, Monday 6 March
Main Hall, Summerhall or online
Tea, coffee and biscuits provided
Access or travel support available upon request
Magnetic North and Summerhall invite you to a meeting for organisations, collectives, and individuals who offer artist development opportunities in Scotland. The purpose of the gathering will be to come together and share planning, thinking and best practice across sectors and artforms. Artist development is a broad term which can be applied to any programmes, projects, or roles which give space for artists to develop their practice, focus on new work, or generate ideas.
We recognise that we are living through a very difficult time for the arts in Scotland - a time of funding cuts, rising costs, and lower audience numbers - and that we are still collectively and individually adjusting to and processing the effects of the pandemic and politics of the last few years.
In this context, how can we continue to support artists, and freelancers, to the best of our abilities? How can we effectively make connections between all of our initiatives? How can we be aware of what each other is doing, work together, and support each other?
Magnetic North is a small independent theatre company that offers cross/multi-artform artist development and support opportunities, and as such we will be speaking from that perspective - but the invitation is open to anyone who might find this conversation relevant - organisations, collectives or individuals of any scale and from any art form who offer opportunities to artists - either by invite or open call.
Summerhall – “One of the world’s great arts venues.” (Mark Cousins, The Guardian 2014) – is a venue for diverse programmes of visual and performing arts. It is a place for all kinds of events, parties, workshops, festivals, weddings and meetings. It is home to a varied community of creative artists and businesses, including a pub, café, brewery and distillery.
We want this gathering to be as open and inclusive as possible - so if you have any access requirements which you would like us to be aware of please let us know in your email.