The Arches presents
Thu 19 Sep - Mon 14 Oct 2013
There are 17 platforms at Glasgow’s Central Station. If platform 18 existed, where would it lead? The Arches’ Platform 18: New Directions award (formerly the Arches Award for Stage Directors) gives groundbreaking, risk-taking emergent artists the chance to show us.
The award supports the UK’s most talented emergent theatre and performance makers by offering them the opportunity to stage a funded theatre production at The Arches and Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh in April 2014. In line with our longstanding commitment to supporting and nurturing emergent theatre talent, the award is open to all theatre/performance makers who can demonstrate a commitment to working professionally in Scotland. The project is run in association with the Traverse Theatre.
The award offers an emergent artist the resources and mentoring support to stage a professional production from inception right up to performance, before being showcased for one week alongside a programme of high-profile international work as part of The Arches’ Behaviour Festival in April subsequently transferring to the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh the following week.
This includes a budget of £6000 and dedicated support including three weeks of rehearsal space, the support of a Production Manager, Technical Stage Manager and The Arches Marketing Team, and the resources required to stage their work at the Traverse. Crucially, each award winner is matched with an experienced mentor to steer them through all stages of the creative and production process.
The Arches is committed to supporting ground-breaking work across all art forms and is continually interrogating its role as a venue that defines artistic bravery and risk taking. We are constantly seeking out genuine artistic experimentation. Whilst all proposals will be considered, our preference will be towards work taking a new or particularly innovative approach. Our concept of theatre is wide, and includes:
• New writing
• Physical and visual theatre
• Site responsive theatre
• Devised work
Productions will be considered for performance in either The Arches’ Studio Theatre or the Practice Room. The production must also be suitable to transfer to Traverse 2.
HOW TO APPLY__________
Please read the Information Sheet below, and return the following information to The Arches:
• Fully completed application form
• A CV (no more than 2 sides of A4)
• Your directing proposal (maximum 1000 words)
Application packs should be sent to either firstname.lastname@example.org OR Rob Gallagher, Arts Project Manager, Platform 18, The Arches, 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G2 8DL.
Platform 18 Information Sheet (2013-14)
Platform 18 Application Form (2013-14)
Deadline: 5pm on Monday 14th October 2013.
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“Where can you see tomorrow’s work today? The answer is The Arches.”
Producing and presenting risk-taking work from local and international artists and companies, the building has boasted performances over the past two years from Derevo, The TEAM and Taylor Mac, hosted the National Review of Live Art and New Territories festivals and seen blistering performances from boundary-pushing artists and companies such as John Moran, Adrian Howells, Ontroerend Goed and Quarantine as part of 2010’s BEHAVIOUR festival, our annual celebration of the live experience.
The Arches is also Scotland’s leading provider of support for emergent artists and performance practitioners, providing a year-long programme of opportunities including Artist in Residence programmes and our two annual awards, Platform 18: New Directions and the Brick Award, as well as showcasing raw work from homegrown talent such as Nic Green and Rob Drummond in Arches LIVE, our annual festival of brave new work.
Our dedicated Creative Learning programme offers even further-reaching opportunities for development across a broad range of social groups, with events ranging from urban music production course Tigerstyle and the newly launched Arches Community Choir, to mentoring schemes, professional development projects and off-site performance work with diverse social groups.
Words from Jackie Wylie, The Arches’ Artistic Director, following the tragic death of Adrian Howells:
“All at The Arches are devastated by the loss of Adrian Howells this week. He was our Artist in Residence and The Arches was his creative home. But more than that, he was a dear friend and companion in life to many of us here.
So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
He supported, encouraged and was at the heart of an entire community of artists in Glasgow who will miss him terribly.”