Lead Artist(s) required for Early Years Performance

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North West Closes Monday 26 January 2015
Artform: Combined Arts
Contact: Zoe on 01612261912 or email zoe@z-arts.org


Big Imaginations are recruiting for an energetic and creative lead-artist(s) based in the North of England to research, develop and perform a brand-new piece of interactive performance for early years (0 to 4) children that can be performed in community and non-theatre settings such as libraries, nurseries and village halls.

The piece can be targeted to a specific age range within the early years group and the successful piece will be commissioned for Big Imaginations organisations across the North West, to take place in their local communities in 14 different community settings.

Alongside the performance will be an outreach programme to engage hard to reach and non-engaged children and families in each of the community settings. Each outreach programme will be 4 workshops. We would like to engage with these families and use their engagement in the workshops to support their transition into attending theatre in traditional theatre and arts venues.

The outreach programme could be delivered by the lead artist, or the lead artist could guide the delivery by workshop leaders if appropriate. The successful artist will be provided with a budget of up to £8000 to cover research and develop and to make the performance, including 14 performances (1 at each community venue). In addition the artist will be provided with:

  • Rehearsal space will be given in kind by BI venues.
  • Budget and resources for the Outreach Programme which must include 14 x 4 workshops, travel, materials and any additional visits and R&D.

Please note: Z-arts will manage the budget.

About Big Imaginations

Big Imaginations is a network of 16 venues working together to bring brilliant childrens theatre to the North West. From grand auditoriums to rural village halls and everything in between, our mission is to spark the imagination of children aged 0-12 with the wonder of theatre. The venues range from leading children’s theatre Z-arts to Wild Rumpus in Cheshire and The Dukes in Lancaster with the aim of making children’s theatre bigger, better and more affordable.

Big Imaginations has a commitment to bringing quality children’s theatre to our audiences, and we are looking to commission a piece of work that fits within this remit.

How to apply

Please submit a project outline (no more than 2 pages), a CV and a Budget breakdown and proposed timetable. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Zoe on 0161 226 1912 or email zoe@z-arts.org by Monday 26th January 12noon.