COP26 Performance Commissions



During COP26 in Glasgow, Scottish Youth Theatre is proud to be amplifying the voices of young people across the world as they respond creatively to the impacts of climate crisis in their place.  

As part of our British Council Creative Commission Phone Call to the World, young people from India, England, South Africa and Palestine – as well as Scotland – have created new works which observe and testify, enacting and demanding change. During COP26 in November, we are planning a programme of activity in Glasgow and online which ensures their voices are heard.  

Alongside this project’s international outlook, we want to reiterate our commitment to supporting Scotland’s young artists. As such, we are offering micro-commissions to five Scotland-based performance-makers aged 14-25, who will create short pieces of work as part of our COP26 programming. 

NEW WORKS will sit at the intersection of the live and the digital.  
They might happen in a room full of people, or exist in an innovative digital form, or both. If they are primarily live, artists might think about how they live on digitally. If works are primarily digital, artists might think of how they exist in physical space.  

ARTISTS will be able to articulate their creative practice and the work the make. They will be aged 14-25 and based in Scotland. 

In line with the international and intersectional outlook of the project, these performance works will be rooted in SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL and CULTURAL CONSCIOUSNESS

Note: Given the nature of the other work we are supporting on the project, we are unlikely to support work which is created exclusively for film, or for audio. We are also unlikely to support work made on Zoom. This is an opportunity for artists to push beyond expected forms. 


As part of the commission, Scottish Youth Theatre will provide: 

  • A £500 micro-commission fee per artist
  • 5 days’ rehearsal space** 
  • A place in Scottish Youth Theatre’s COP26 Programme
  • Mentorship & support from an artist relevant to their process 
  • Access to Scottish Youth Theatre’s expertise as producers, learners and arts professionals 
  • Optional Mental Health & Wellbeing support from Pure Potential Scotland 

*This opportunity is only available to solo artists or pairs of artists, to ensure a spread of work and ensure that all creatives are equitably reimbursed for their time at the full rate. 

** Some artists may choose to work from home, depending on the piece they pitch. We will work with shortlisted artists to see how we can best support their process. 


Please send the following details to Ryan Hay, Project Coordinator (

These may be text, audio, or video applications. 

  • Full Name 
  • Age on 1 November 2021 
  • Postcode 
  • Tell us about your artistic practice – the work you make and why you make it (max 250 words or 2 minutes) 
  • Tell us about the artwork you’d like to make for our COP26 programme – how does it intersect the live and the digital, how does it sit within a social, cultural, and environmental consciousness? (max 500 words or 5 minutes) 

APPLICATION DEADLINE – 5pm on Monday 13 September 

ARTISTS NOTIFIED – Friday 17 September 

INTERVIEWS (via Zoom) – w/b Monday 20 September 

WORKS CREATED – October 2021 (TBD*) 

WORKS SHARED – 1-14 November 2021 (TBD) 

*Please note: Making processes will be oriented around the artists’ schedules and needs, and space availability is negotiable.

If you have any access requirements for interviews or creating your commissioned work, please let us know via email.


To find out more about Phone Call to the World, its partners, and to connect with the project’s Interactive Media Map, please visit the Phone Call to the World website.  




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Phone Call to the World Scotland projects are supported by National Lottery Community Fund

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