Foot In The Door 2018: Call for artists

Foot In The Door is an initiative proposed by Making Room in collaboration with Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University to support talent development in interdisciplinary theatre, performance and live art practice in the North West. In 2018, Foot In The Door is being generously supported and delivered in collaboration with hÅb/Word of Warning.

We are now looking for 5 artists to participate in a weeklong residency programme culminating in a sharing of scratch performances at Lancaster’s Nuffield Theatre alongside guest appearances from previous participants in the scheme including James Monaghan.

Foot In The Door is intended both as a creative challenge & springboard for early career artists.

Between 12th – 16th February 2018, the participants will be given time, space and a budget to begin developing new pieces. The scheme will also see those artists take part in a series of workshops led by established practitioners including The Bare Project and Mary Pearson – covering a range of topics from arts and activism to fundraising.

As well as the formal elements of the programme, we expect that Foot In The Door will create a fruitful collaborative environment for the artists to envisage their practice and career going forward. This will also be facilitated through mentoring sessions with Making Room Artistic Directors & Lancaster Arts staff beyond the scheme itself.

Previous participants have gone on to develop successful performances, which have gone on tour and be supported by venues and festivals nationally. 2017 participants Tin Can People will be presenting their piece The Katie & Pip project on the Friday preceding the scheme. Applicants are invited and encouraged to join us for the performance and the post-show discussion.



To apply, please send the following information on no more than one side of A4 to


Your name, email address, telephone number, and where you are based

– A statement about you & your work so far

– A description (no more than one side of A4) of the idea you would like to explore during your residency. Please note you will be expected to share up to 5 minutes of this idea with the group on the first day of the programme

– Why you are interested in this particular opportunity

– How you anticipate participating in this scheme will support your practice and its ongoing development

– Up to three links to examples of your work to date (e.g. video trailers etc.)

Confirmation of your availability to participate in the programme (12 – 16th February, full days plus evening activities).

If you are selected to take part, you will be invited as our guest to attend Tin Can People’s The Katie and Pip Project, on Friday 9 February. Please let us know if you are able to attend.



The deadline for applications is 23:59, Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Each artist will receive a £400* £200 bursary to cover the costs of their participation in the project, and self-catering accommodation will be provided. Limited additional budgets for travel, materials and equipment will be made available where necessary.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application no later than 29th January 2018

The programme begins on 12th February 2018 and ends on 16th February 2018

We would prefer for each artist to participate in the programme for its full duration, however we understand that this may not be possible. Please state clearly in your application when you may need time away from the programme and we will be in touch with you to discuss should your application be successful.

If you have any questions about the project you can email or call us on 01524 594165.


update 11/01/2018

We are pleased to be welcoming a new partner, hÅb/Word of Warning to support this activity with us. Thanks to their generous participation, we have been able to increase the offered bursary to £400. We trust that as well as enabling participants to develop bolder ideas, this will also broaden the pool of people who may access this opportunity and we look forward to reading applications from a diverse range of candidates.

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