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:
*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 (email@example.com)
These may be text, audio, or video applications.
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.