Having gone through a full interview process, we are delighted to announce and welcome Martin Danziger as Director of Articulation.
Martin comes to Articulation with a wealth of experience in the physical performance sector. He is an award winning director and producer, social circus practitioner, and enabler, and founder and creative director of Modo, who latterly were based in Peterhead.
It is an exciting time for circus, outdoor arts and physical
performance sectors in Scotland and we look forward to new developments, increased support and the potential that Martin and Articulation can bring to this.
It is an exciting time for circus, outdoor arts and physical performance sectors in Scotland and we look forward to new developments, increased support and the potential that Martin and Articulation can bring to this.
We would love to hear from anyone working in circus, outdoor arts and physical performance in Scotland. You can get in touch with Martin below!
Scottish Outdoor Arts Platform at the Moving Out Symposium
Friday 9th July
Following the success of the Scottish Outdoor Arts Sessions last year, this year Articulation are joining forces with Wrap the World and Surge for the Moving Out Symposium. Now in its 7th year, Moving Out is an annual symposium that provides a platform to bring together professionals from the outdoor arts and events sector.
The Scottish Outdoor Arts Platform will be a pitching and networking event to connect artists and promoters with work or programming slots available in Scotland from Summer 21 - Summer 22. The pitching session will be followed by a series of pre-scheduled one-to-one speed dating session between artists and promoters.
To express interest in the event and to find out more use the contact information below:
Do you have a passion for the outdoor arts, circus and physical performance sector in Scotland, and the organisation, communication and logistic skills to make a difference?
Thanks to funding from Creative Scotland, Articulation are looking for an experienced, and enthusiastic administrator to support the organisation, delivering a year long programme of activity and developing Articulation’s long term sustainability.
The role is 1 day per week, 0.2FTE pro rata of £26K, and is fixed term of one year, with the long term aim of the role becoming permanent, dependent on funding.
Wonderful to see the list of shows funded through Creative Scotland’s Touring Fund, specifically funding work staged outdoors or in non-conventional spaces. Seven new works and 5 restagings coming to street, woodlands, gardens, and other surprising venues near you over the coming year and leading the way back to live performances.
Tortoise in a Nutshell: Current and Potential Impacts of Brexit and COVID-19 on the UK Theatre Sector and International Touring Landscape
For the theatre sector, and indeed society as a whole, the past year has been an intense period of rapid change, instability and uncertainty. During this unprecedented year, nations across the globe have together battled a common ‘enemy’ – COVID-19. Even so, the experience between and within nations has been vastly different. This report looks to present information as it was available in April 2021.
This report was produced to inform Tortoise in a Nutshell’s future work within Europe and across the globe post-Brexit and COVID-19. It’s been a fascinating and extremely useful project and one that Tortoise in a Nutshell are keen to share in the hopes that it can be beneficial for all those involved or interested in theatre.
In the vein of the Tony Awards® and the Academy Awards® comes the International Circus Awards, the only one of its kind that companies, artists, and circus producers from around the globe will have their shows recognized for their outstanding achievements.
Celebrating extraordinary achievements within the global circus community, ICA believe the best way to help our community prosper is by honoring the artists engaged in creating, performing, directing, and designing circus shows.
Submissions for nominees opens on the 1st June and will close on the 30th June with nominations being announced in September.
There is also an information webinar being held on the 10th June. This session will cover the mission of the awards, eligibility for companies and artists, an overview of the Rules and Regulations and the voting process, as well as the timeline. There will be a short presentation followed by an open Q & A.
As part of the recently launched UK Global Screen Fund, the BFI is conducting a feasibility study into the creation of an industry data platform that could help companies make better business decisions.
What type of data and information would give you a better understanding of the international market for UK screen content?
Please click on the link below to contribute via a short survey that should not take more than 5 minutes to complete:
AAPTLE (The Alliance of Associations & Professionals in Theatre & Live Events) is conducting the largest ever survey of wellbeing and mental health in our backstage communities and would like to hear from as many Freelancers as possible.
The results will help the industry gain a better appreciation of mental health issues and prevalence within the workforce, whilst supporting AAPTLE to put together a series of recommendations for organisations to better support their staff and freelancers.
What does the Roadmap mean for the Outdoor Arts sector?
The Government has published a four-step roadmap to loosen Covid restrictions across England during 2021. Although there are dates announced, each step will be assessed before restrictions ease, so we should take this into consideration when planning.
Culture Geek is an international conference looking at the digital transformation of the cultural sector. Founded in 2012, the event has brought together those shaping digital practice across the arts annually since its inception.
This year you will be hearing from museums, theatres, festivals, opera companies and those who work with them, to hear how they pivoted to digital over the past year and what lessons this has taught them. Whether you’re a digital novice learning new skills or a tech veteran, expect inspiration and actionable insight to help you navigate the digital world.
These pre and post-visit surveys are designed to capture audience and visitor sentiment before and after attending a cultural experience. They are for cultural organisations that are starting to hold socially distanced events, performances and exhibitions and will help to:
assess success of safety measures and messaging, and understand likely reattendance based on experience
measure movement in customer confidence levels as a result of attending
respond to issues which would drive negative word of mouth or reduce reattendance
reassure customers and facilitate open communication
European Festivals Association: The Ultimate Cookbooks for Cultural Managers
EFA launched the EFA BOOKS Series in 2006. The book series puts in the spotlight the role of the arts, culture and festivals in the society of today and highlights contemporary challenges. It contributes to and stimulates further discussion on cultural issues and it involves festivals in the international debate with politicians and cultural operators. Furthermore, in the course of the years, EFA has published and co-published several other publications.
In this What you didn’t know about Europe - The Ultimate Cookbook for Cultural Managers series EFA worked with legal experts with an in-depth understanding and knowledge of the sector to bring a series of booklets designed to help navigate these important procedures by explaining in an easy to read and understandable way what one should know and remember of each specific theme.
Human Rights Consortium Scotland: Brexit Has Happened: What Now?
10am on the 3rd June
It seems a long time ago since Brexit was the first item on the news, and the UK has now left the EU. But what have we learned from the Brexit process? What has actually changed because of Brexit? What future impacts should we be aware of and concerned about?
You are invited to this interactive event to get an accessible Brexit update, as well as opportunity to discuss and ask questions. A new report will also be launched on voluntary sector recommendations following withdrawal from the EU.
Organised by the Human Rights Consortium Scotland with SULNE, SCVO and GCVS, this event will be an excellent opportunity to find out what you need to know about Brexit impacts. A report of discussion will also be shared with Government to inform and shape post-Brexit policy.
Creative Youth: So you Wanna Perform at a Festival?
7pm on the 14th June
As festival season begins, join this industry panel as they give you tips and tricks about how to stand out when applying for a fringe festival, how to build an audience and the importance of being adaptable in the current changing environment. You will explore the impacts of Brexit and Covid-19 on the festival scene around the world.
This webinar is part of a free monthly series by Creative Youth, called So You Wanna Work in the Arts, discussing key arts industry topics. Supported by Arts Council England.
Eden Court Highlands, in partnership with Surge, are offering an opportunity for 2 x theatre makers to take part in an Emerging Director Bursary programme, which will give you the skills to develop your own street theatre projects.
You join the Community Street Theatre Tour as Emerging Directors and will shadow and be mentored by Melanie Jordan, Surge's experienced Physical Theatre Practitioner and Co-ordinator. You will gain practical experience during Surge's Project with Eden Court this July 2021.
Hidden Door is launching a new initiative to support recent visual art graduates who have been denied the crucial opportunity of a physical degree show due to the Covid-19 pandemic.The Graduate Support Network aims to support emerging artists across Scotland who graduated in 2020 or 2021.
The network will provide paid opportunities to exhibit work both online and at future Hidden Door Festivals, plus the chance to take part in a range of collaborative projects and residencies, social events and networking opportunities.
Future Proofing is a partnership project which aims to offer a sustainable solution to the personnel shortages in Scotland within creative production, stage management and technical skills by inspiring a new generation at entry level onwards and supporting the continuing professional development of our experienced practitioners and educators.
The programme is open to all, including non-members and will include:
Production & Technical Forums
The Recent Graduate Bursary
A Training Fund
Graduate Induction Programme
School Promotions & Roadshows
Workplace Learning Programme
Production & Technical Forum – These will run twice per annum and would be jointly promoted and programmed by FST and SDTN.
Waypoint-1 is a Scotland-wide project supporting Early Career Performance Makers (ECPMs) with the purpose to deliver one-on-one mentorship programmes, lasting up to a year. These programmes can cover everything from developing a creative vision, to producing a business plan, to help with making a one-off application.
Waypoint-1 has been created in response to our post-pandemic world in which political, economic and cultural volatility are the norm. Performance makers must contend with circumstances which are increasingly unpredictable and where any form of future planning is difficult. Waypoint-1 seeks to offer practical, flexible support to ECPMs that focuses on the specific needs of the individual. This offer is made in support of – and as a deliberate complement to – existing professional development opportunities provided elsewhere in Scotland.
This fund supports creative businesses in Scotland for the research time needed to investigate a project, idea or another business and then share this learning to peers here in Scotland. The fund will support creative businesses to undertake research into an idea or project anywhere in the world that could help to expand their business activity and become ﬁnancially sustainable.
Creative Scotland’s 'Nurturing Talent – Time to Shine Fund' aims to support the creative ideas and ambitions of young people aged 11 to 25.
It's a fund designed by young people for young people and aims to support young people’s creative ideas and ambitions, no matter whether they have lots of experience or they’re just developing their interest in the arts.
Any young person living in Scotland who is aged 11 to 25 can apply for funding from the Nurturing Talent Fund.
The Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival wants to commission two artists, from different areas in Scotland, to work with their local community on a participatory arts project on the theme of mental health, between Summer 2021 and Spring 2022.
The completed work will be showcased in May 2022 as part of next year’s Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival.
The fee for each commission is £4000 inclusive of all project costs.
Creative Scotland Open Fund:
Sustaining Creative Development
Creative Scotland launched their Open Fund in a difficult context in response to the disruption Covid-19 has caused across the sector. Creative Scotland understand that you will be considering the impact of this emergency and its after-effects on what you do. You may be thinking about new ways of working. If you aim to reach people with your work in performance spaces, for example, you may be looking at new ways to achieve this. You may be looking at ways to stabilise your existing activity. You may be reimagining what you do, and as part of this process, you may wish to take creative risks.
This fund is designed to support you to sustain your practice in a changing world. Creative Scotland are asking you to explain what you want to do, and how it will help you and/or others in the months and years to come.
ARTCRY aims to encourage artists to create bold political work, with fast-turnaround funding to enable fast action.
ARTCRY exists to encourage artists to make work which responds to events happening now. ARTCRY will give responses within a week so that you can get started on your work and get it out there into the world more quickly. Any work funded must require an immediate start which would count out more traditional funding options.
All work must be presented for free in the public realm. This could be on the streets, in a public space or digitally. This does not mean it only has to be shown in this context.
The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community. These groups and charities are likely to have found it difficult to access funds elsewhere.
The Trust will consider funding specific activities and services in sport, recreational facilities, animal welfare, health and cultural projects (see "What we fund") to improve the quality of life for people, either through a particular field of expertise or via a local community.
Edinburgh International Children's Festival: Family Encounters at the Botanic
29th May - 6th June
The outdoor programme celebrates the creative talents of artists based in Scotland and will bring an array of artistic adventures up close to families. You can expect pop-up dance performances, adventure trails, audio journeys, and sightings of undiscovered creatures, all in a Covid-safe environment.
To attend the Family Encounters at the Botanics, you must book a FREE slot through the Botanics' Eventbrite in advance (due to Covid restrictions, the number of time slots available are limited). However, there is no need to book for individual events.
All or Nothing are pleased to announce that The Swings will be part of Imaginate UK Family Encounters at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh which take place on the 29th & 30th May and 5th & 6th June.
Come and enter the world of The Swings. All or Nothing love playing and swinging about on giant swing sets and now want the public to join in. Feel the rush of air past your face and be inspired by other aerialists with what you can do with a swing!
The programme is free to enable as wide access as possible, but you will need to book a (free) time slot. Slots will be released on the 20th May at 12pm for the 1st weekend of the Festival and on the following Thursday for the next weekend of the event. Tickets can be bought directly through Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
ODC21: Dance & The Outdoors Symposium is devised and produced by 101 Outdoor Arts and The Place in partnership with DanceXchange producers of BIDF.
The two day digital conference will bring together practitioners, producers and presenters of outdoor dance to explore how artists are creating work for public space and will look at a range of practice in locations from urban to rural and in contexts that span touring to site-specific to participant-led.
Let’s get together and make some music using whatever we can find lying around. TRASH is about making music from minimal means. We’re not going to let distance get in the way of making some noise and sharing a few laughs. Join TRASH facilitator Alan Govan for a messy, chaotic and fun online workshop during which we will work together to use our webcams as they have never been used before, for live sampling of home-made noises, and some curious and creative games and activities.
Braw, the Festival of Scottish Circus takes to the screen for 2021.
Braw Screen online festival takes place on June 24th with the premiere screening of new commissioned screen circus works by Scottish and Scotland-based artists and the launch of a new online hub.
Conceived by Aerial Edge to enable the creative endeavours of Scotland’s professional circus
artists during the pandemic, Braw Screen received funding from Creative Scotland and support from industry experts to commission five new works.
The Braw Circus online hub is a new space to host and support the best of Scottish and international screen circus and promote cross-fertilisation of practice, cultural mobility and inspiration. As the legacy of this project, it has the scope to encompass future live Braw Festival work, participatory screen circus, new screen circus commissions and much more.
For more information and to keep up to date with the latest announcements, check out Aerial Edge on Facebook!
DragonBird Theatre is bringing engaging and entertaining early years theatre and play direct to families' living rooms.
Sign up to their monthly subscription offer to experience new stories every month featuring colourful characters, inventive sets and props. After each show, the DragonBird Theatre team explore the story through theatre play sessions and a craft tutorial, where audiences can create their own theatrical props from the story using household objects.
Triple Act Theatre & Arts: Theatre Production Workshops
7pm - 8pm every Monday
What makes theatre so razzle dazzle? The actors? Not a chance! Come along to these Theatre Production workshops and find out how the amazing backstage crew bring the “wow” factor to shows. Learn new skills with industry professionals, make new friends and have a lot of fun doing it!
For young people aged 14-25.
Mondays | 17th May – 5th July | from 7pm-8pm
Robyn Hambrook & expert clowns & activists explore activism & change through clowning, using discussion, play, experimentation & reflection.
Welcome to the second co-lab series, building on Robyn Hambrook’s continued research and playful investigation into how to use clowning for political activism. This series of masterclasses with expert clowns & activists will use discussion, play, experimentation and reflection to explore a big bunch of questions
Youthlink: Working With Vulnerable Young People Online
1:30pm on the 8th June
How can we create great online spaces for youth work? How can we really connect? How can we choose the right activities and how can we all stay safe online while we’re doing it?
These and other questions about developing genuinely engaging content and dealing with some of the most common challenges of working online with vulnerable young people will be top of the agenda in this interactive workshop. Come ready to contribute your ideas about what makes online really work and what the best tips are for total engagement from all involved.
Creative Scotland and Counterpoints Arts are offering four artists the chance to join the Mutual Affinities Learning Lab pilot programme.
Led by Counterpoints Arts, the primary goal of the Mutual Affinities Learning Lab programme is to listen to artists in Scotland who have first-hand experience of displacement and enable them to sustain and develop their practice in dialogue with invited arts and community organisations.
Artists and organisations will be expected to attend the Learning Lab programme over 10 half days between July and October 2021, delivered online due to Covid-19. The programme will be designed in collaboration with the four selected artists in order to maximise relevance and benefit.
UNBOSI are running a series of FREE Family-Friendly Online Marble Run Workshops for you to get involved with. Marbles have the capacity to store and concentrate inspiration into a purer form. By playing with marbles through these homemade ‘marble runs,’ you are essentially charging the marble with inspiration. They plan to fill marbles with lots of inspiration to replenish the supplies globally, then UNBOSI will send these inspired marbles to those world leaders who need some inspiration and seem to have lost their marbles.
For these workshops, UNBOSI’s specially trained Marbleologists will take you through the steps of setting up and using a marble run. They will be on hand throughout the session to give you a virtual helping hand as you build.
Graeae Call for Application:
Ensemble training programme
Deadline: 1st July
Graeae’s Ensemble Cert HE course in Theatre Making and Leadership is a level 4 course in partnership with Rose Bruford College, in association with Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, LAMDA and RADA.
The course offers unparalleled access to industry and training expertise whilst artists can develop their skills in a fully accessible training environment.
The Young Vic is looking for a dynamic and experienced individual to lead and manage their high-performing and collaborative Technical Department. This is a vital leadership role and is responsible for delivering all the technical elements of the year-round programme in Young Vic's theatres.
The successful candidate will be committed to sector best practice and be ambitious for the future of technical skills talent development; increasing the representation the backstage in the performing arts; and advocating for careers in technical theatre.
The Young Vic is looking for an experienced, creative problem solving and hands on individual to lead on keeping our building safe and looking its best for all who enter our doors.
Young Vic are keen to hear from candidates that have experience of handling operational issues in a busy venue and who are committed to providing anti-racist environments for all who enter their spaces through inclusive building management practices.
Puppet Animation Scotland: Board Members Opportunity
Deadline: 12pm on the 1st June
Are you excited by puppetry, visual theatre and animation? Could you offer your skills and energy to help build a strong sector for showcasing this kind of work and supporting the artists who make it? With several board members due to step down in 2021, Puppet Animation Scotland are currently seeking up to five new Board Members to join the organisation.
Board members will be required to attend 2-hour evening board meetings 4 times per year (remote attendance is possible) and a board away day once per year. The Board positions are unpaid and non-executive.
Company Three exists to make space for teenagers to tell their own stories and make their own change. Company Three believe young people do this best when they’re working with artists who share their backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Meet C3 is a series of call-outs to help meet artists who share the same backgrounds as their members.
Meet C3's next call-out is for people who work in stage management. This includes stage managers, company managers, assistant stage managers, deputy stage managers and anyone else who thinks their skills are relevant to this area. Company Three are interested in connecting with people at all stages of their career.
Think Circus have some paid internships coming up for 2 young people currently registered for Universal credit. Think Circus will provide mentorship and training for the 6 month job post.
Circus Skills not required but an interest in them is a definite plus! Anyone interested needs to be referred by a Job Centre Plus job work coach who can explain how to apply.
All in the Mind Festival: 2021 Callout
Deadline: 5pm on the 4th June
All in the Mind Festival 2021 will take place on Saturday 11th September in Basingstoke, Hampshire and is looking to programme six artists and four stallholders for this year’s festivities. This call out is open to artists, stallholders, collectives and organisations from all disciplines and backgrounds.
Upswing Job Opportunity: Learning and Engagement Producer
Deadline: 9am on the 7th June
Upswing are looking for a dynamic, motivated, flexible and experienced Learning & Engagement Producer to join the company on a freelance basis for a minimum period of 10 months. The role will have the potential to become a permanent contract depending on commissioning and fundraising.
The main purpose of this role is to work with the Executive Producer to identify and expand upon learning and participation opportunities within Seasons and Homemade Circus, and to project manage and deliver the key areas/opportunities identified.
Curated Place are looking for a new Creative Producer. The role will be based in Aberdeen and leading on the next phase of Curated Place's development with a focus on Aberdeen’s SPECTRA.
Having been responsible for the delivery of SPECTRA since 2015 Curated Place have secured the contract develop Aberdeen’s cornerstone cultural event until 2026. It is currently a four-day city-centre celebration of the arts lighting up the nights of Scotland’s North East attracting over 100,000 visitors. The next SPECTRA Festival will be in February 2022 with their #cultureisnotaluxury conference alongside the British Art Show in October 2021.
Are you interested in equality, diversity and inclusion? Do you have a passion for tackling gender inequality? Do you have a few spare hours a month?
Kairos Women+ is a community-led, women’s space based in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. A second home for women and non-binary folk to inspire transformational change in the lives of the women+ they work with by collaboratively creating opportunities through workshops, events, training and courses.
Kairos Women+ began as a project within Active Communities (Scotland) Ltd funded by The Robertson Trust. Now, as they move towards becoming an independent charity, Kairos Women+ are seeking to recruit new trustees to complete their board.
Walk the Plank Job Opportunity: Producer (Scotland)
Deadline: 12pm on the 14th June
Green Space Dark Skies is a Walk the Plank project that has been commissioned by Festival UK 2022 – one of 10 groundbreaking commissions designed to reach millions, bring people together, and showcase UK creativity globally, underpinned by three values: to be open, original and optimistic.
Green Space Dark Skies will see up to 24 spectacular events in the landscape embedded in a 12-month programme of engagement that celebrates the contemporary landscapes of Britain while also flinging open the doors and welcoming people in. The project is UK wide: 13 events in England, four in Scotland, four in Wales and three in Northern Ireland.
Walk the Plank are looking for a talented, experienced and ambitious Producer to join the team to deliver this exceptional project.
National Theatre of Scotland: Touring Production Opportunity
Deadline: 5pm on the 14th June
Theatre in Schools Scotland (TISS) is looking for touring productions for the school years 2021-23.
Theatre in Schools Scotland is produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and Imaginate to support and develop the touring of high quality theatre and dance performances to Scotland’s schools and nurseries. TISS presents an annual programme of productions for children and young people created by Scottish performing companies and artists. Productions are designed especially for school halls and classrooms and can travel anywhere in Scotland.
Productions must be suitable for performance in school halls, or classrooms and cover an age band within Nursery – S1. We are particularly interested in productions suitable for P2-4.
Only artists and companies based in Scotland will be considered for this programme.
Cove Park is delighted to have secured funding from Foyle Foundation to support a week-long residency for eight mid-career, UK-based theatre-makers in spring 2022. The Play Park consists of structured workshops exploring movement and object articulation/manipulation, creative writing, interdisciplinary and ecological practice, 1-2-1 surgeries and unstructured research time. The Play Park will be led by dramaturg and former Cove Park Trustee Ruth Little.
The open call for applications to take part in The Play Park will be announced later in 2021.
This is the culmination of Heart and Mind's PLAY COPE CARE Workshop Project which was developed with carers organisations across Scotland. This short film was created with carers from Glasgow who shared their own personal experiences and thoughts of being a carer at home for a person living with dementia or chronic illness.
Speakers will include Kaye Ramage, Glasgow East End Community Carers, Claire Baker-Mosley, Head of Community at BUPA UK Foundation and Rachel Colles, Project Lead for Hearts & Minds. The event will start at 2pm with a welcome from Artistic Director, Suzie Ferguson and will be followed by the speakers, the sharing of the film and a short Q&A.
Curfew is about freedom. It’s about the experiences that women could enjoy in a world where sexual harassment and assault are not a threat. It’s about how women feel like they have a curfew now. It’s about listening to women and trying to create, even just for a one night, a world where women are free to leave their homes at night without fear and without consequence.
A curfew is not the solution, but there is a problem.
Keep the conversation going.
Jacksons Lane: Encore
Working with long-time circus associate and director Kaveh Rahnama and frequent film collaborator Mark Morreau, Jacksons Lane created Encore a 7-minute journey through their venue-in-progress– scaffolding, rubble and all – with 10 circus artists working in former spaces, up high on giant modular frames and upside down in rediscovered arches.
This moving and highly skilled work comprises acrobatics, aerial work, juggling and cyr wheel in every space at Jacksons Lane.
Call Out to Artists and Makers, groups and organisations involved with Circus, Street Arts, Physical Theatre - let us and others know about your work. Take your place in Articulation’s Directory on the Website by sending your information to firstname.lastname@example.org