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Shetland Arts invites applications for commission from artists in any artform seeking to make new performative work and find new ways to present it. From musicians to dancers, writers to film makers, we are interested in works which sit outside the traditional theatre or performance setting; either in an online or other digital setting or created in conjunction with a specific site in Shetland.

We invite commission ideas that:

  • Create a new, dynamic dialogue between audience and performer through the inventive use of digital opportunities and/or performance site

  • Further develop the artist’s creative practice through embracing new challenges in performance delivery

  • Are developed by artists based in Shetland or who have strong links to the community

  • Can be performed in a socially distanced and mindful manner, taking into account ever-changing policies in this area

  • Have the potential to develop exciting partnerships with other organisations to extend the reach of the project

Shetland Arts will provide:

  • A fee which will be discussed with the Shetland Arts team and the successful artists. It is anticipated that this will be up to £3500, including support towards production costs.

  • Space, where available, in Mareel to develop work

  • Technical support to produce the work live, or online

  • Marketing support

  • Producing support from the Programme Manager

How to apply:

The application process will have two stages; an initial proposal submission to admin@shetlandarts.org followed by an interview for shortlisted candidates. We see to make the process as simple as possible and ask for the following in the first stage:

  • A description of your idea or project

  • A budget proposal – we expect this to be an outline only

  • Details of other support you feel would be beneficial – for example rehearsal space, studio access, administrative guidance, marketing support

  • A projected timescale

Please use only a maximum of two sides of A4 and include some information about yourself as an artist; for example a link to a website, a statement about your work or a CV. We welcome images, drawings and links to recordings or film as part of your submission.

If you would prefer to submit your proposal by video, please make sure it is no longer than 5 minutes duration and upload via Vimeo or YouTube, protected by a password.

All applications will be considered by a panel from Shetland Arts and shortlisted candidates will be invited to discuss their proposal further before a final decision is made.

For any queries or support in composing an application, or if you require this information in an alternative format, please contact Floortje Matthew on floortje.matthew@shetlandarts.org

All applications to be made to Shetland Arts by Sunday 8 November 2020.

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