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National Theatre of Scotland – Starter Opportunity: Open Starter Residencies

Two residencies open to any artists wishing to explore a new idea for a piece of performance. Artists can be working in any art-form.

We recognise that one of the best ways an artist can learn and develop their practice, skills and networks is through the active process of making work. And nothing beats dedicated budget, time, space and support in fostering the development of a new idea.

Starter is an initiative designed to seed ideas and develop an artists’ practice through the offer of eight residencies that come with a budget (£2500), in kind space and equipment, access to technical advice and expertise, and producing and dramaturgical support.

In 2019, six of the eight residencies will be targeted towards artists with specific practice, skills or experience, with two residency places remaining totally open. Starter residencies are not commissions or production opportunities and all rights to the work generated will remain with the artists and their collaborators.

Open Starter Residencies comprise of two open residencies for any artists wishing to explore a new idea for a piece of performance. Artists can be working in any art-form.

Residencies to be undertaken: January – March 2020 – dates to be mutually agreed.

Panel – National Theatre of Scotland Associate Artists and Artistic Development team

Submission process
The online application form is available to complete via Submittable which can accept written, audio and video applications. It is possible to draft, save and return to an application on Submittable. If Submittable is not accessible to you for any reason, please contact or call 0141 221 0970 and we can consider alternative methods of submission.

Please do NOT include images or web links.

All submissions must be in the English language, unless agreed by prior arrangement.

This information is available on request in the following versions: BSL Interpreted and Gaelic Language. Talking, Large Print and Plain English (Email:

For further information, please contact or visit

Deadline is Monday 21 October 2019 at 5pm

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