An Applause and Creative Estuary Development Opportunity
Applause is offering an exciting CPD/Development opportunity to artists.
Between 12 – 14 September, we will deliver a residential Lab for Kent/Essex-based artists working in contemporary dance and circus, from minority ethnic and migrant backgrounds who are underrepresented in the rural touring outdoor sector. This will be a practical event that delves into the nuts and bolts of outdoor rural touring, offering detail and insight about where to look for commissioning and touring opportunities, examples of tried and tested techniques and approaches to making work for these settings and what to consider when building partnerships with promoters and rural communities. It will involve a varied programme of workshops, seminars and creative tasks in order to expand their development and thinking in different contexts.
To support the research, development or the creation of new outdoor performance works, Applause will be awarding seed funding to 5 Kent/Essex based artists who are already working in, interested in or who are developing performances for Outdoor contexts.
A commission opportunity for two new shows is also being provided by Applause for Kent/Essex-based artists working in contemporary dance and circus, from minority ethnic and migrant backgrounds. The commission opportunity includes cash funding and a minimum guarantee of 6 touring dates across Kent, East and West Sussex and Essex as part of the Applause 2023 Summer Season. Newly commissioned artists will both benefit from our established extensive touring network as well as new participants in South Essex and North Kent.
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CREATIVE ESTUARY has a vision to forge a new future founded on creative energy and innovation, along the length of the Thames Estuary. The project is supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and led by the University of Kent on behalf of a consortium of public sector and cultural organisations. They include the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), Kent and Essex County Councils, the Greater London Authority, 11 local authority areas represented by Greater North Kent Partnership and opportunity South Essex, South East Creative Economy Network (SECEN), University of Essex, Locate in Kent and cultural organisations Metal and Cement Fields. In early 2019 the University of Kent was awarded £4.3m from the DCMS Cultural Development Fund on behalf of the partners. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport funds the Cultural Development Fund which is administered by Arts Council England.
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