4 & 5 March 2015, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock
The focus of Emporium 2015 was on longer-term planning for touring. For the first time, the event took place over two days. The first day was exclusively for artists to pitch work in its early stages of development to venues and promoters. The second day remained in the usual Emporium format, with delegates having face to face meetings throughout the day and getting the opportunity to promote their shows, venues or projects during an open exchange session.
Some facts about Emporium 2015:
Day 1 Attendance: 58 delegates
Day 2 Attendance: 175 delegates representing 106 organisations
Face to Face Sessions: 450
Focus: Longer-term planning for Touring
Speakers: Jon Morgan (FST) on ‘Future Touring Trends’ and a panel of promoters, artists and venue representatives reflecting on the first day of Emporium.
Some quotes from the attendees:
Comments after Day 1 (long-term planning):
“It was excellent in providing an initial contact with the venue, and giving the artist the opportunity to get across what they felt was important.” Ed Littlewood, Ed Littlewood Productions
“I'm delighted to have been awarded funding by Creative Scotland to develop the piece which I pitched at the Emporium 2015 Day 1 pitching event. The event was instrumental in gathering interest and support for the project and I have no doubt this contributed significantly to the strength of the funding application. Thanks for the opportunity FST!” Belle Jones, Tidy Carnage
Comments after Day 2:
“Excellent showcasing of some 15 up and coming acts giving a real feel for the project. This quality of live research in one day could not probably be repeated in a year working alone.” Bob Wallum, Watch Promotions
“I now have knowledge of the future plans of some companies and have been able to express coproduction interest as well interest in supporting their work. I am now aware of performances that may be planned for the future and how they may fit in with our plans to develop our programme.” Christine Martin, Paisley Arts Centre
And some Twitter reactions after the two days: