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.

 

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send the following information on no more than one side of A4 to hello@making-room.co.uk

 

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.

 

KEY FACTS

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 leo@making-room.co.uk 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.

Seeking Experienced Creative Producer

 

Ali Matthews & Leo Burtin are looking for a Creative Producer to assist in the development and delivery of current and future artistic projects, as well as supporting the strategic growth of their collaboration.

The role of the Creative Producer will be to support the day-to-day management of our artistic projects, be proactive in seeking out and developing opportunities our artistic and strategic development (including working internationally), and be prepared to engage with our playful and inquisitive creative process. Join the party!

For further information and how to apply information please download the Matthews + Burtin- Creative Producer job pack.

Please send a CV and covering letter to jobs@making-room.co.uk by 12 noon on the 19th of June, 2017. Interviews will be held in person (preferably) in Manchester or via Skype on the 23rd or 26th of June.

BLUSH by Snuff Box Theatre

Job Opportunity: Assistant Producer with Making Room

Making Room is seeking to appoint an Assistant Producer to work alongside its two co-directors to assist in the delivery of the company’s projects and shows in 2017.

This is an excellent paid opportunity for an individual who is seeking to gain further producing experience to build on their current portfolio.

We’re looking for someone who is willing to throw themselves into a range of projects and roles, who can work independently as part of a small team and has a shared understanding of Making Room’s mission to “boldly strive for a shift in society through culture”.

The Assistant Producer role will work across Making Room’s shows and projects in 2017 including supporting the co-directors in delivering aspects of three national touring productions, one London production, three shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and a festival of feminism.

For more information please download the information pack.

The fee for this role is £1200 for 20 days work across 15 weeks.
Deadline for applications is at noon on Wednesday 26th April.

If you have any questions please email hello[at]making-room.co.uk

Image from Snuff Box Theatre’s BLUSH playing at Soho Theatre and on Tour.

 

Foot In The Door – Call Out 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 theatre, performance and live art in the Northwest. This project is supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

We are now looking for 3 x artists to participate in a weeklong residency programme culminating in a sharing of works in progress performances at Lancaster’s Nuffield Theatre alongside Paper People Theatre’s performance of Do Geese See God? and an early showing of supported graduate company Theatre 42’s second ever piece.

Foot In The Door is intended both as a creative challenge & springboard for early career artists. Between 16th – 23rd February 2017, the participants will be given time, space and a budget to begin making new works, or develop pieces which have not yet had public performances. The scheme will also see those artists take part in a series of workshops led by established practitioners including Andy Smith, Ali Matthews and Jenny Gaskell – covering a range of topics from performance writing & dramaturgy 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 & career going forward. This will also be facilitated through mentoring sessions with Making Room Artistic Directors & Lancaster Arts Creative Producing Team beyond the scheme itself.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please send the following information on no more than one side of A4 to hello@making-room.co.uk.

  • Your name, email address, telephone number, and where you are based
  • A statement about you & your work so far
  • 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

KEY FACTS

  • The deadline for applications is 12noon, Thursday 2nd February 2017
  • Each artist will receive a £500 payment to cover the costs of their full participation in the project. Limited additional budgets for travel, accommodation, materials and equipment will be made available where necessary.
  • You will be notified of the outcome of your application no later than 6th February 2017
  • The programme begins on 16th February 2017 and ends on 23rd February 2017
  • We would prefer for each artist to participate in the full 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 leo@making-room.co.uk or call us on 01524 593405.

We look forward to hearing from you,

 

Alice Booth, Leo Burtin & Jake Orr

On behalf of

Lancaster Arts & Making Room

Tea with Making Room at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Making Room will be up at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with two shows this year. Amongst the flyering, the get in and gets out, we know that sometimes all you need is a cup of tea and a chat. We’d like to invite those at the Fringe to have Tea with Making Room.

Whether you’re looking for respite in the Fringe chaos, advice on producing, being an artist/company or touring work, Making Room is here for you. These informal chats can be booked in advance via our snazzy booking system (see below), all that we ask is you turn up and that you like tea or another hot beverage, (we’re not that obsessed with tea… honest!)

Across the Fringe, Making Room’s Co-Artistic Directors Leo and Jake will be available to meet you, offer advice or just have a conversation, whatever you need, we’re here for it. Consider it our way of giving back. Leo and Jake are both experienced producers and artists. They’ve toured work across the UK and further afield, worked with large and small organisations, regularly programme festivals, support artists and write a lot of funding applications. You can find out more about Leo on his website or Jake on his website.

Happy tea drinking.

Book a Slot:

Tea with Making Room will happen between 8-28 August, at various times throughout the day based on ours and your availability. If you’re keen to book a slot do so via the form below.

If you have a question drop Making Room’s Ambassador, Kirsten, an email here: kirsten[at]making-room.co.uk

Photo by Louis du Mont

Seeking Ambassador for Edinburgh Fringe

During this Summer’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe (5th – 29th August), Making Room are offering a professional development opportunity to an early-career creative producer/artist.

We would like to offer an individual an all inclusive bursary of £250 to shadow & support Making Room Artistic Directors Jake Orr & Leo Burtin for the duration of the festival and support their varied portfolio of activity in Edinburgh which includes:

  • Producing Bricking It by Joanna & Pat Griffin & BLUSH by Snuff Box Theatre at Underbelly
  • Engaging with artists and companies whose work may be suited to Incoming or Hear Me Roar Festival
  • Free advisory sessions to artists & companies participating in the Fringe from co-Directors
  • Actively engaging with relevant industry events such as Producers Gatherings etc.

What you will receive:

  • A £250 cash bursary, paid upon receipt of a valid invoice
  • A weekly mentoring/coaching session
  • A venue pass for Underbelly and other benefits associated with being a company member
  • Complimentary tickets to any shows or events you attend on behalf of Making Room

What will be expected of you:

  • To act as an ambassador for Making Room, its work and the artists it represents
  • To distribute publicity materials for our shows for at least one hour per day
  • To make the most of your mentoring sessions, be proactive in asking for advice, support and networking opportunities suited to your professional development aims

Who we are looking for:

  • You will be an early career theatre professional, graduate or student with a passion for the arts and a commitment to your own professional development
  • You are enthusiastic, self motivated and you recognise yourself in Making Room’s commitment to making a difference to society through art & culture and its values.
  • You already have plans to be based in Edinburgh 5th – 29th August

How to apply:

Please send a C.V. (2 pages max) and a short statement (300 words) outlining how you would benefit from this opportunity and what your professional ambitions are to hello@making-room.co.uk by 12Midnight Sunday 19th June.

Download a PDF version of this opportunity