Artists Programme

Do you have an idea for a creative project you’d like to get off the ground? Perhaps you’re an individual artist looking for some collaborators, or an early career company looking to make your next show a reality?

The Artist programme is a toolkit comprising weekly creative play spaces, workshops on self-producing, and masterclasses led by Devon-based companies to give you the foundation you need to help your creative idea come to life.

It’s a six-month long programme of workshops, masterclasses, and mentoring, delivered by members of the Northcott Theatre team and other established industry professionals, designed to give artists and makers based in Devon the chance to develop new collaborations and create and present new work in Exeter.

The programme is delivered during the evening, with weekend workshops once a month. Some sessions take place online (via Zoom) and some sessions are in person at the Barnfield Theatre. There are two opportunities to present work in development across the programme, which will be supported by participants on the Producers Programme.

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This programme will run from February to July 2022.

The programme costs £50 but there are some free places available, and a limited number of bursaries to support travel and other costs – complete the appropriate section of the application form linked below if this support might make it possible for you to take part.

Deadline for applications is Monday 10th January 2022. 

We will be inviting applicants to an informal interview on Tuesday 18th January 2022.

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Applicants must be Devon-based and aged 18+ years.

Please note that this is a professional development opportunity, so we’re looking for people who have some professional-level experience within their chosen discipline and are set on developing a career as an artist/maker within the performing arts. However we’re leaving it up to you to define what ‘Early Career’ means and there is no upper age limit. You might currently be unemployed. You might have just completed a vocational training or graduated from University. You might already be employed but looking to develop your career in a new direction.

As part of our commitment to addressing historic under-representation of certain groups within the arts, we positively welcome applications from people of African and Caribbean heritage, people of South Asian, East Asian and South East Asian Heritage, D/deaf and disabled people, LGBTQ+ people and those experiencing barriers due to their socio-economic background. We also guarantee to interview any suitably qualified d/Deaf and/or disabled artists.

Please feel free to get in touch with Helen Bovey for an informal chat about the programme.

Please note: the application deadline for the 2022 programme has now passed and applications are closed. 

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Why are some aspects of the Futures programmes still being delivered online?

During 2021, we shifted all our Futures Programmes delivery online. Doing this, we found that the producing elements of the programmes worked well being via Zoom, and feedback from the 2021 participants affirmed this. Programme leaders can use the screen sharing option to demonstrate and share examples, as well as enabling participants to work from home, using their own equipment. Delivering in this way also enabled participants who live further from Exeter (but still within Devon) to engage, saving unnecessary travel time.

Elements of both programmes which require in-person learning, such as practical workshops, masterclasses or performances, will take place in person at the Barnfield Theatre.