Caitlin Fairlie started as our new Artistic Administrator back in September. Over to Caitlin to introduce herself:
My name is Caitlin Fairlie and I am producer based in Glasgow. I graduated from the Contemporary Performance practice programme at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July 2018 where I specialised in creative producing practises in my third and fourth year. When I graduated I co-founded a producing collective called POWERHAUS with my collaborator Laura Fisher. POWERHAUS offers artistic and producer support to femxle, femme and non-binary artists that would consider themselves to be early career. I also work for The Sick of the Fringe as a project producer for FK Alexander and as a facilitator working with young people across various contexts.
At a time when resources are sparse, and there is an increasing demand for organisations to diversify who is receiving their opportunities this is an incredibly important time to be an emerging producer. It offers us the chance to shift which artists are able to receive support and with that power it is vital we ask ourselves, who previously has been left behind, and why?
I was thrilled to be awarded the position of Artistic Administrator for Magnetic North not least because of the amazing opportunities that Magnetic North already offer to artists at various stages of their career but equally, because of the open nature of the organisation.
I am especially excited about the Rough Mix residency happening in January of 2020 and cannot wait to see the results of two weeks of established artists, emerging artists and performers coming together. There is something particularly exciting about those first moments of a project and bringing an artistic idea to life. Rough Mix offers artists and performers at various stages of their career a chance to have time, space, resource and finance in order to create new and exciting work. I am thrilled to be working within an organisation who have clear opportunities to offer but are willing to work in dialogue with artists to understand how best to support them, a negotiation I think is vital when working in this way.
Since starting the role of Artistic Administrator in September I have been blown away by the range of support available to artists and as I continue with this role into the new year, I am looking forward to working with Magnetic North to develop further opportunities for artistic development.