Established Artists Residency, 22nd -26th January 2023.
Application Deadline: Midnight on Sunday November 6th 2022
Surge is looking for established artists or small groups of collaborating artists, who have the seed of an idea for a piece of work specifically designed for outdoors. Your idea can be of any scale from a solo work to a mass participatory spectacle. Equally your idea can be for any outdoor setting from an urban walkabout to a sculptural soundscape at the peak of a mountain.
Importantly the idea should be in its infancy, the residency is designed to explore the themes, stories, practicalities, and audience experience before entering the ‘making’ stage of a project.
The residency will be led by Hilary Westlake, Alan Richardson, Kevin Finnan MBE and other mentors TBC dependent on the specialisms of the chosen applications
“well run with great mentors who had a lot to offer. The mix of the attendees was great with a range of disciplines and stages of development. A perfect setting to work and be inspired as it was comfortable, beautiful and the food was excellent! It enabled me to really focus on the show I had come to develop which is a complete luxury for me… and that is priceless!”
Gemma Mae Halligan – Amadan – previous participant.
- Applications are welcome from collaborating artists, but no more than three per group.
- Applications encouraged from collaborators in differing artforms and specialisms.
- Applications encouraged from collaborators working in digital arts
- UK wide and international applications are welcome, some places are reserved for Scotland based practitioners.
Have a body of professional work behind them in their respective artform or specialism
Have an idea for the creation of a new outdoor arts piece
The idea should be at an early stage of development
Surge will provide;
- Experienced mentors to lead the residency
- A structured residency in a rural location in Scotland
- A balanced group of established artists representing a wide variety of projects
- Transport from Glasgow to the residency location
- Accommodation and food for the duration of the residency
Please send a project outline of your proposed new work in no more than 500 words plus a personal biography of you and any proposed collaborators for the project to Alan Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Sunday November 6th, 2022
Please email email@example.com or ring 0141 428 6910 if you have any questions
Interviews will take place on 14th November, 2022.
Hilary Westlake trained for the theatre at E.15 Acting School and performed with several avant garde companies including Interaction’s TOC and London La Mama before forming Lumiere & Son Theatre Company with writer, David Gale. The company, funded by the Arts Council, produced over fifty original shows for theatres, shopping centres, ferry boats, botanical gardens, castles and swimming pools.
Hilary directs existing texts, operas and cabaret and creates large-scale site-specific performances. She has worked all over Europe, Australia and parts of Asia and has extensive experience in running seminars and workshops for both professional and student performers, designers, writers and directors.
Alan has been working in outdoor arts and indoor theatre for 35 years as a producer, director, teacher, performer, musician, and musical director. He has been responsible for the development of teaching practice in outdoor arts in Porto (European Capital of Culture 2001) and Liverpool (through Hope Street LTD). He has designed and programmed street theatre festivals in Porto, Liverpool, and Glasgow.
He is also a director of indoor and outdoor physical theatre, and has devised and directed multiple performances that have enjoyed international touring success. Alan is currently Director of Surge an organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of outdoor arts, physical theatre, and circus across Scotland.
Kevin is known for his dynamic, highly visual productions integrating dance, circus, and digital technology. He is responsible for the distinctive style that Motionhouse is renowned for.
He is passionate about exploring and questioning the traditional use of space in performance, which has led to the creation of an extensive body of work developed over three decades. He is regularly commissioned to develop extraordinary dance spectacles, most notably as Choreographer and Movement Director of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.