Call for Artists: Nonsuch//START 2018

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Deadline: 30/03/18

NonsuchSTART is a transformational three year programme led by Nonsuch and supported by Children & The Arts to engage 1,200 11-16-year-olds across Nottinghamshire with amazing contemporary performance, Arts Award and digital art practice.

Each year, Nonsuch works with 400 pupils from four schools (100 per school) across Nottinghamshire. Across three terms, students will visit Nonsuch and our partner venues twice (Autumn & Spring Terms) for a day of performance and workshops before Nonsuch’s team of practitioners visits each school (Summer Term) for an intensive programme of Arts Award and digital production workshops.

At each of the performance days, students see the performance in full before taking part in four workshops: two exploring the content of the performance and two exploring the form and practice of the artists who made it. Teachers also engage in a process of CPD workshops, Arts Award Training and ArtsMark Application support. In 2017/18 we presented both On the Run Theatre’s Tell Me anything and Next Door Dance’s The Beautiful Game.

For the 2018/19 iteration of Nonsuch//START we looking to work with two more performance makers or theatre companies to present new and exciting contemporary or physical theatre performance that is inspirational and relevant to 11-16-year-olds.

Next Year’s Theme:

Each year, working in partnership with our Nonsuch//START participants we conduct a large-scale piece of research which looks into what it’s like to be Under 25 in Nottingham today. The outcomes of this research help shape our programming decisions for the coming year to ensure we’re presenting work that is before relevant and exciting for the audiences we work with.

2018/19s theme is THE FUTURE. Overwhelmingly across all our research sessions and questionnaire responses, the 11-25s we spoke to across Nottingham are focussed on, stressed about, planning for and thinking about their future. They want good jobs, success and happiness.

So for 2018/19 we’re looking for shows that tackle the notion of The Future, ask questions about what we’re out to achieve in life and confront our obsession with planning for what’s to come instead of living in the moment. The work can discuss the topic in anyway and take any opinion, but crucially should have questions linked to the theme at the heart of the piece.

What We’re Looking For:

We’re looking for two different performances by two different performance makers or theatre companies. Each performance will be presented four times, across four days either in October/November 2018 (Autumn Term) or February/March (Spring Term). Performances may not be on consecutive days due to school availability.

This is a funded opportunity and a fee will be paid for the performance days, however, due to the nature of our funds we’re not in a position to support new projects or offer full commissions. Therefore, we’re looking for performances that are already in development or have other funding secured and want to engage 11-16-year-olds with their work and practice.

Performers/Artists will need to be present for the whole of the performance days (no later than 4pm) and support in the delivery in 3 of the 4 workshops which take place after the performance.

We’re particularly interested in works by BME or disabled artists and we’re able to facilitate this application process to suit individual needs or access requirements. Please contact izzy@wearenonsuch.com or call 0115 837 1950 for more information.

How to Apply:

To express your interest in this opportunity please send the following to jobs@wearenonsuch.com with NONSUCH START 2018/19 in the subject field by 5pm, Friday 30th March 2018.

  • a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) that provides information on
    • what the show your proposing is and what it is about
    • details of the show’s development to date including the partners involved
    • why you feel the show is relevant, appropriate and exciting for 11-16-year-olds
    • how you feel your show links in with our theme of THE FUTURE
    • ideas of how the piece can be expanded upon through the four workshops participants take part in during the performance days
    • your ambitions for the work and how being part of Nonsuch//START could support your future development
    • your preference on an Autumn/Spring Term slot
  • company/artist bio or cv
  • technical specification for the show and details of your ideal performance space for the work
  • video footage and images of the show or your previous work if the show is not completed
  • any upcoming performance dates or work in progress sharings
  • details of the cost of the show and your funding structure for the project*

After we have received the Expressions of Interest we will work with a panel of participants, teachers and Nonsuch staff to make the final selection of pieces. At this point we may require further information about the show or invite you to an interview.

*This is a funded project and a fee will be paid for the performance/workshop days, however at this stage we are not able to fully support the commissioning of new work. Therefore we feel we are in a better position to work with artists to support a work which is already in development and already has the majority of it’s funding secured. If you are planning to apply for further funds such as Grants for the Arts, please note this in your application as well as what your plans are should you not be successful.