The BBC and Arts Council England backed
programme, New Creatives North, are looking for 16-30-year olds to make films
and audio work for broadcast
The two-year project which hopes to diversify the content and
programming on the BBC continues its search for unique ideas for broadcast.
Northern artists, creators and makers are invited to apply for the New Creatives North talent development scheme this March. The programme has already commissioned over 70 artists from across the North of England and are now looking for more undiscovered voices. Those selected will be in with a chance of seeing their work broadcast on BBC platforms, including BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC Taster and beyond.
The programme is for 16-30 year olds and focusses on giving
opportunities to young creatives from all backgrounds – to broaden the range of
voices and experiences we hear and see on our screens and radio.
Afshan D’Souza-Lodhi from Manchester was selected to make Chop Chop which
has now been seen by tens of thousands on the BBC Sounds platform. D’Souza-Lodhi
said “To be selected for New Creatives and to have my audio drama showcased on
BBC Sounds has been incredible for my career. I have already been approached by
producers who have heard the piece on BBC Sounds and want to work with me.”
behind the Northern drive are encouraging applications from anyone, even if
you’ve never done anything like it before, Creative Director and the
award-winning filmmaker leading the project, Ian Fenton says, “Don’t doubt
yourself, just apply! If selected you’ll be supported by industry professionals,
you’ll be given guidance, training, skills development and money! You don’t
have to be established or have made any work before – you just need to have a
The organisers are looking for submissions that cover a wide range of artistic practices. Applications are encouraged from creatives who could be writers, sound artists, podcasters, dancers, performers, musicians, filmmakers, comedians, visual artists, illustrators, animators, poets, storytellers or games designers; or they could be something else entirely.
From the serious to
the comedic, the soothing to the provocative, the specific to the abstract New Creatives
North are looking for ideas that push the boundaries, make people think, and
encourage new ways of understanding the world we currently live in.
the latest cohort of northern New Creatives have been selected and includes 10
people who will be supported to make films for BBC iPlayer and 22 who will be
supported to make audio work for BBC Sounds.
youngest creative is Jessica Johnson from Cheshire, who is just 17 and will
make a short film exploring a dystopian society inspired by class structures in
This newest group of
creatives also includes artists who will make the first interactive art pieces
with a budget of up to £20,000.
Over the course of the next few months, the artists selected will take
part in training and development workshops with experienced professionals to
develop their original idea and prepare it for production. They will then be
supported by approved production partners to create their work, with input from
northern organisations such as Tyneside Cinema, Naked Productions and of course
the BBC. The completed work will then have the chance of being selected for a
of programming: BBC Introducing Arts, which will showcase new artistic
talent from the UK across BBC platforms, including BBC iPlayer, BBC Sounds, BBC
Taster and beyond.
Following the success of our first ever digital commission in 2019, with the acclaimed ‘Hit the North’ by Matt Wilkinson, our digital commissioning panel is calling for artists to pitch to create something completely new for 2020. This will be the second commission in what we hope will be a long series of commissions over the next few years. It also coincides with Spot On’s 25th anniversary.
Spot On Lancashire is a rural and library touring scheme. We take the best available art out of theatres and galleries to people who would otherwise not get to see it. The plan is for the finished piece to ‘tour’ to libraries and village halls across Lancashire in October/November 2020. At the beginning of December, the work will be shared nationally as part of our new digital gallery on the Spot On website.
We have an archive of 50 season brochures, posters, flyers, photographs etc. sitting in box files on a shelf. Can you use this as a starting point for a new piece of digital creativity? We have no fixed ideas of what this will be, look or sound like. An artist may choose to extract elements or look at things more holistically. In some ways the archive reflects the evolution of rural Lancashire, of small scale performing arts, of design and technology over the last quarter century. It is up to you.
There is a fee of £4500 available. Full details can be downloaded here. The closing date for applications is March 10.
The Library Presents programme has a two-phase selection process:
An open call, where we welcome Expression of Interest (EOIs) from artists, suggesting material for The Library Presents menu.
The selected EOI’s are compiled onto a Menu that is shared with the public. The public then help choose what arts activities they would like to see in their respective libraries.
This is an open call for artists to suggest material for The Library Presents menu for Autumn 2020.
The Library Presents is currently planning for our Autumn Season (Oct-Dec 2020) which will include a mixture of performances, digital work and participatory workshops.
Cambridgeshire County Council has been awarded National Portfolio Organisation funding from Arts Council England to run The Library Presents in partnership with Babylon ARTS until 2022. The Library Presents programme will bring quality arts activities into Libraries in market towns and villages across Cambridgeshire.
The programme aims to inspire and deliver a vibrant inclusive programme of high-quality arts activities in accessible and welcoming venues.
We need to create a menu that contains a balance of art forms and which is not overwhelming for those choosing from it. There will be a selection process and artists will be notified by 13th March 2020 about whether they have been shortlisted and included on the menu. The Menu will then be shared with Library volunteers and local community groups who will help select the arts activities. In May artists will be notified whether they have been selected for the Autumn 2020 programme.
Creating a vibrant, exciting, diverse and inclusive programme of high-quality arts activities with Libraries across Cambridgeshire.
Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 7th February 2020.
If you are interested in The Library Presents programme, wish to submit an Expression of Interest to our Autumn 2020 season or have any questions surrounding the programme, please sign up to one of the available ‘advice surgeries’ with Florence Rose, Babylon ARTS. Babylon ARTS is the arts partner on The Library Presents project, managed by Cambridgeshire County Council.
The doodle poll of available advice surgeries can be found here: https://doodle.com/poll/rkqpdwe3yyssz3m8 Please sign up to a surgery with your name, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the phone number you wish to be called on, and a brief overview on what you would like to discuss during your surgery. Please provide a website/link to show if relevant.
What we are looking for:
High-quality arts activity.
Activity drawn from a broad range of art forms (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, digital arts, spoken word, puppetry, circus, magic, comedy etc.). This is not a definitive list, if in doubt please contact us for guidance.
Performances / events less than 45 minutes should consider a double bill (of different shows) or an additional workshop / talk with the performance suitable for the whole audience.
2 hour workshops (Proposals for a series of 3 or 4 sessions are welcome).
An inclusive and diverse programme of activities that includes work representing different backgrounds, cultures and abilities.
Artists and companies who are able to adapt or develop their activity so that it can be accommodated in library spaces.
Non-offensive content, we will not programme an arts activity that contains swearing.It is our wish that the menu offers an inspiring range of choices with content for different ages and tastes. We are developing new audiences and would be interested to see arts activity / events that would appeal to younger adult audiences (20-45yrs approx) and young people (12-25yrs approx).
It is our wish that the menu offers a wide breadth of choice for the workshops, therefore we would be interested to see a wide range of applications from visual arts/creative workshops.
If you are an agent representing multiple performers, please only apply with the one arts activity that you deem most suitable.
There are a number of significant anniversaires or themes coming up in Autumn ’20 including: Black History Month (Oct), National Poetry Day (3 Oct), World Mental Health Day (10 Oct), Inktober (Oct), World Kindness Day (13 Nov), Diwali (Nov). If your work covers any of these themes please tell us in your application.
We anticipate the cost per event to be approximately the following amounts:
Performances / Exhibitions / Happenings / Event based activity / Digital £500-£900 (excl. VAT). Your fee should include costs for all travel, accomodation etc.
Workshops / Participatory activity for at least 15 people costing up to £250 (excl. VAT) per 2-hour session. Your fee should include costs for all materials, travel, and delivery.
Please give us your usual rate and/or a range of pricing options, for example, a mix of performance and workshop or multiple performances.
About our Venues:
Our venues are Library spaces with capacities of between 40 and 80 people for performances and between 15 and 30 people for workshops (depending on the artist & type of activity).
Our activity programme fits around normal library opening times. Therefore your get-in time must be no more than 3 hours and the less time required the more options there will be for dates and start times. We can provide and operate basic PA, static lighting and backdrops but please note that our venues have no in-house technicians to support the setting up and running of additional equipment artists bring with them.
The space available at venues varies. Our smaller venues (approx 6 libraries) can offer a maximum performance area of 4m x 2m and 2m height. Our largest venues can accomodate most performance sizes (approx 6 libraries with a 2.8m height restiction). If your performance requires a much larger space please specify this as we have occasionally programmed in non-library venues. Flooring is variable with the majority of spaces being carpeted. There is currently limited raised staging available and seats are not raked. Please let us know of any issues this might cause with visibility of your arts activity, and ideas on how this might be addressed.
In this, our third year, we will be working with approximately 23 libraries, located in market towns and villages. This map shows the Cambridgeshire libraries.
How To Apply
‘Please click here to view the open call for artists & performers and submit an online application suggesting material for The Library Presents menu for Autumn 2020 (Oct-Dec 2020).’
Spot On Lancashire is a rural and library touring network, currently engaging with 30 libraries and 25 rural community venues across the county. We deliver two season of professional touring theatre, dance, music and family shows a year in partnership with libraries and rural volunteers.
Spot On is part of the Arts Council’s National Portfolio through a consortium with Cheshire Rural Touring Arts. This commission is funded by Arts Council England’s National Lotteries Grants Programme, Super Slow Way (Creative People and Places) and the Near Neighbours Fund. It is managed by Culturapedia who are the accountable body and deliver Spot On Lancashire. We are seeking to commission a touring company or freelance ensemble/individual writer/performer to devise a touring production which can take place in any library and rural community setting but will be inspired by the town of Great Harwood. The finished work will be launched in Great Harwood library. You must demonstrate an understanding of the creative challenges involved in rural or library touring. You will work in partnership with our library and their audiences. You will develop an idea to scratch/public-sharing performance level which is suitable for presentation to every scale of library and rural touring venue we work with. It will be shown to an invited public audience. We then will support you to develop and tour the completed work through our library/rural touring networks from Autumn 2020 onwards. We expect a tour-ready production but after the launch and initial tour, Spot On will support you in making further applications for wider touring of the show.
Deadline for submissions: 9am, Friday 7th February 2020 with interviews Wednesday 26 February 2020.
Outreach activity to happen during the Spring/Summer and touring Autumn 2020
The fee is £10,000 exclusive of VAT and must cover all costs.
If you have any questions or want an informal conversation about this commission please email email@example.com or phone her on 01254 674777
Call out for Actor for new Rural touring show – Autumn 2020
Arts Alive are looking for a mature performer with a playing age of 45+ who has experience in creating devised theatre work. The performer will work with our Director and Designer to shape the show.
The Performer will ideally have a good quality singing voice and play at least one musical instrument. They will have strong physical theatre skills and will be a confident and engaging storyteller. Some puppetry experience would also be beneficial.
Audition Date; 20 January 2020, 11.30 – 4pm, The Hive , 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury SY1 1TE
Devising Dates; 14-16 Sept 2020 – in Shrewsbury
Rehearsal week; 5- 9 Oct 2020 – in Shrewsbury
Tour Dates; 12- 16 Oct, 19- 23 Oct 2020. Across venues in Shropshire. Technician for the show will be driving a van to get to the rural venues.
(Possibility of a third week of touring , awaiting funding decision.)
Actor will need to hold a current DBS check.
Arts Alive is the rural touring scheme for Shropshire and Herefordshire www.artsalive.co.uk and in partnership with MediaActive Projects , a creative media and moving image organisation
www.mediaactive.org was awarded Celebrating Age funding through Arts Council England. Following two years of artist led work with older people 55+, the creative material developed by participants will contribute to the shaping of the touring performance piece.
The performer will be accompanied by a technician on tour.
Fee; £3,600 -18 days work at £200 daily.
The successful actor will need to make their own arrangements for accommodation during the performance, devising, and rehearsal process.
Arts Alive is interested in performers that reflect the diversity of our nation and has an inclusive approach to opportunities for all.
To apply; please send a CV (in any format) plus either a link to an online showreel or a 1 minute performance clip captured on your phones showcasing storytelling skills to firstname.lastname@example.org
Spot On have secured funding from Arts Council England to commission an outdoor arts performance in 2020. This is the second commission in what we hope will be a long series of commissions over the next few years.
The plan is for the finished piece to premiere at Thompson Park, Burnley in summer 2020 with additional performances in other locations in Lancashire between July and September.
Does this sound like something you might be interested in? Take a look at the full brief and make an application.
This short form is designed to help you asses whether or not your show is Rural Touring ready. We take you through the very basic needs of rural touring and give you a list of things to consider. We also point you to other helpful resources and pages along the way. Please note this form is NOT a way of submitting your show to be considered for touring but should be used as a tool to equip yourself with the knowledge you need to approach schemes.