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Seven early career older artists to embark on Space/Time


We're delighted to announce that seven older artists in the early stages of a new career will be taking part in our paid online residency later this month.

Space/Time, in partnership with Luminate, will be held online between 31st May and 4th June. It provides the chance for these artists to explore how creativity can be nourished and how they can challenge themselves.

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Space/Time Artists' Residency

Space/Time Artists' Residency

This week we're running our paid online residency for experienced artists. Space/Time is a creative retreat for artists from any art form that asks the question “How can you continue to thrive as an artist?”. Normally participants travel together to a location in Scotland. However, due to the pandemic, we have rethought Space/Time as an online residency. The residency aims to refresh participants through a stimulating examination of creativity in this new way of working and living. The residency artists are:

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Now available - Restless Exploration: 21 Years of Magnetic North


Since making our debut with Tom McGrath’s The Dream Train in November 1999, we’ve produced plays, music-theatre, installations and films and have run a unique and comprehensive multi-artform artist development programme. We have supported more than 250 artists from theatre, dance, film, visual arts, music and literature to create new work and develop their practice in new ways. Restless Exploration: 21 Years of Magnetic North contains details of all our work between 1999 and 2020, including images from productions and notes by Artistic Director Nicholas Bone. It also features work specially commissioned from some of the artists we have worked with over the last twenty-one years.

Even in 2020, the strangest year in our history, we managed to stay productive: supporting artists and making work through twelve micro-commissions, four development projects, three online productions and three artists’ residencies. 

The book was designed by Fogbank Projects and is available in a limited edition of 200. Copies are available online for £10 (plus p&p) and all proceeds will go directly to supporting individual artists. The first 50 orders from our website will also receive two David Shrigley Pass the Spoon postcards:

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Marking 21 years of Magnetic North

DTimage1999 The Dream Train (1999) by Tom McGrath. David Gallacher as The Baron (1999).

We've commissioned some of the artists we have worked with over the years to contribute something to mark our 21st anniversary. Each has contributed something connected to their work with us and received a small fee. Every week we'll add a new commission to this blog post.

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Virtual walks in real places

Virtual walks in real places Photo by Nicholas Bone

As reported in my previous post, we began our first development week on Sara Maitland's book Gossip from the Forest in the week the lockdown began. We had already planned to work slightly differently because of the travel restrictions that had been introduced the week before, but Boris Johnson's announcement came immediately after we had finished our first day so more adaptations were needed.

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