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‘Space / Time’ Residency for Parents & Carers

Residency dates: 16 – 20 November 2020
Closing date for applications: 22 October 2020, 5pm

Paid Online Residency for experienced artists and/or creative producers who are parents or carers.

What is Space / Time?

Space / Time is part of Magnetic North’s Artist Development programme, for this session we are delivering it in partnership with Federation of Scottish Theatre.

It is a creative retreat for experienced artists from any art form that asks the question “How can you continue to thrive as an artist?” Ordinarily, participants travel together to a location in Scotland, but due to the current pandemic, we have rethought Space/Time as an online residency.

This special edition of Space/Time is being presented in partnership with FST and is aimed specifically at experienced artists and/or creative producers who are also parents or carers. The residency aims to refresh participants through a stimulating examination of creativity while being in the role of parent/carer. During the residency, we will question what creativity is within the context of parenting, how it can be nourished and explore how artists can continue to challenge themselves to develop and thrive while being a parent or carer.

The residency combines facilitated dialogue – built around a series of self-generated questions – with time for individual reflection. There are two sessions in an online space during the day – a two hour session in the morning (10am-12pm) during which you will be set a short creative task, and a one hour follow-up later in the day (5pm-6pm). There can be some flexibility in the timing of sessions if necessary. The residency will be facilitated by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath.

The aims of the residency are to:

  • Give space and time for participants to reflect on their own creative practice, while engaging with other parents/carers
  • Give space and time for participants to reflect on their own creative practice, while engaging with other parents/carers
  • Stimulate dialogue about creative processes
  • Make time for individual reflection and thought.

Participants are paid a fee of £500 for attendance unless they are employed by a Creative Scotland Regularly-Funded Organisation and are undertaking the retreat as a part of their work for that organisation.

If you incur additional caring costs as a result of taking part in Space/Time, we can offer up to £50 a day towards covering this.

Application information

Please read this section carefully to make sure you send the right information with your application.

Space / Time will take place online, at home from Monday 16 – Friday 20 November. You must be available to attend both sessions each day and you will benefit most from the residency if you are not attempting to combine it with other work.

The residency is only open to experienced artists and/or creative producers who are parents or carers, by which we mean artists who have a track-record of making work over a number of years and who have had their work produced, performed or exhibited professionally.

You can apply using the online form here: https://bit.ly/3mx0a1l.

Because the form will ask you to submit documents (see below), you will be asked to sign in with a Google account (this is a Google requirement to prevent anonymous document uploads).

If you do not have a Google account then please fill in the rest of the form and email your CV etc to artistdevelopment@magneticnorth.org.uk instead. Please be sure to include the name that you have used for your application.

You will be asked for the following information:

● Your name and email address
● an outline of your experience to date (no more than 500 words) and a CV
● some examples of your work or links to access them online
● an outline of:
– why you want to take part
– how you anticipate taking part will make a difference to you
– why now is the right time for you to take part in the residency
– what about being a parent/carer has affected your creative process, and/or your creative development to date.

You will also need to complete an Equal Opportunities Monitoring form here: https://bit.ly/32Hdybp.

If you have any access needs or will incur additional caring costs, we will discuss these with you if you are successful in your application.

Selection process and criteria:

All applications will be read by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath and then a short list will be submitted to the Federation of Scottish Theatre for input. We will consider these criteria when making decisions:

● All requested material has been submitted
● The potential for the residency to make a difference to the applicant
● The potential of the applicant to make a useful contribution to the group
● The timeliness of the residency in relation to the applicant’s current situation

If you are unsure about anything, please email artistdevelopment@magneticnorth.org.uk for help.

Please submit your online application form and the Equalities Monitoring Form by 5pm on Thursday 22 October 2020.

You will hear back from us by Friday 30 October 2020.