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Lancaster Arts TEST Residency: On Circus #2, Lancaster Arts


Job Summary

Are you based in the North of England? Does your practice incorporate circus, and are you in interested in testing the form and some new ideas in a residency this September 2024?

Job Description

The Lancaster Arts TEST residency is an opportunity to experiment with your practice or test new ideas through a supported residency in the Nuffield Theatre, rather than develop a new show or piece of work. In September 2024, this will be our second residency for artists/collectives who include contemporary circus in their practice; this may include circus, theatre, dance or live artists and may involve taking your practice in a new direction influenced by new artforms. We are seeking to support practice that is innovative, contemporary, and cross artform, and requires a large theatre space for its development. The residency will include technical and producer support and an opportunity to engage with the full Lancaster Arts team.

'The non-show-outcome based residency allowed me freedom to explore artistic ideas, training and writing without the pressure to deliver a polished performance. [It] supported me to explore multiple strands of my practice with time and space and scale. This allowed for long-term thinking, and the streamlining of my ideas.'
https://www.lancasterarts.org/ideas/tom-cassani-testing-the-strange - Tom Cassani, TEST residency: On Circus, 2023

You can find out full information about this opportunity on our https://www.lancasterarts.org/ideas/lancaster-arts-test-residency-on-circus-2024 - News page.

Key Dates:

Application Deadline: Midnight Sunday, 30 June 2024

  • Interview shortlisted applicants (online) 17/18 July 2024
  • Site visit to Lancaster: Week of 5 Aug 2024
  • Nuffield Residency: 16 - 20 September 2024 (with a sharing on 20 Sept)

Please contact mailto:alice@lancasterarts.org - alice@lancasterarts.org with any questions or if you wish to apply in a different format for access reasons. Please note that we cannot read application drafts.

Lancaster Arts is committed to encouraging diversity and intersectionality in the arts and we actively encourage proposals from artists from under-represented communities, including people from the Global Majority, and/or those identify as working class, have disabilities, or are from the LGBTQ+ community.

Job Requirements

What we are looking for:

  • An exciting idea that links to the annual theme of Flight and/or to our ongoing work exploring environmental and social justice

  • Artists who are interested in collaborating with Lancaster Arts

  • Artists with a track record of working with contemporary circus or an element of circus for at least 5 years

  • An articulation of how the idea extends your practice

  • Artists whose work is primarily based in the north of England (Cumbria, Northumbria, Lancashire, County Durham, Sunderland, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Merseyside, Yorkshire)

Job Responsibilities

What we will ask you to do during the residency:

  • Present some outcomes of your residency week in a public context (e.g. a work in progress, an ideas or performance sharing etc.)

  • Contribute some material for Lancaster Arts' online archive that gives insight into your process and learning from the week (a blog, a podcast, a video diary, pages from your sketch or notebook etc.)

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How to Apply

If you meet the requirements for the residency, then please fill in an application form.

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