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Artist News & Opportunities November 2022

Artist News & Opportunities November 2022 Walden Pond in Walden Pond State Reservation.

With the frost finally here, pour a mug of something warm and catch up on our artist announcements and opportunities to apply for as we head into winter:

Announcing the first artist selected for Coast to Coast

Magnetic North in partnership with Julian Forrester, and supported by the Craignish Trust, have selected artist Amy Beeston to develop an international collaboration focused around coasts, water and the impact of climate change.

Our goal for the collaborative project is to bring together three artists - one Scotland-based, two international - who can offer original insights into the impact of climate change on coasts and coastal waters. The three artists will then develop new work from the starting points uncovered through this project. 

Amy Beeston is an Orkney-based sound artist and audio researcher working within an ecological context, with a background in interdisciplinary, collaborative work across the arts and sciences. 

CALL OUT: Walden

In March 2023, we are reviving our adaptation of Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden for performances in the Warehouse at the Fruitmarket in Edinburgh.

We are casting for an actor with a playing age of late 20s/early 30s and of any gender or ethnicity to perform in this one-person show, which is designed to be performed in the round in non-theatre spaces.

Applications closed on 12 December 2022.

CALL OUT: SPACE / TIME artists’ residency

Space / Time is part of our Artist Development programme and is aimed at experienced artists. Over a hundred artists have taken part in the retreats since the first one in 2012. It is a group creative retreat for five experienced artists from any art form that asks the question “How can you continue to thrive as an artist?” 

The residency is led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath. Participants are paid a fee of £550, unless they are employed by a Regularly Funded Organisation and are undertaking the retreat as part of their work for that organisation. This time around, the residency will take place at Cromarty Arts from 20-24 February 2023.

Applications closed on 19 December 2022.

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News and Artist Opportunities - Magnetic North this Autumn

News and Artist Opportunities - Magnetic North this Autumn

Life feels a bit like a never-ending disaster movie at the moment, so we wanted to spread some good news for a change by sharing a few updates and artist opportunities which are now open for applications.

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CALL OUT: SPACE / TIME Artists’ Residency

Space / Time is part of our Artist Development programme and is a group creative retreat for five experienced artists that asks the question “How can you continue to thrive as an artist?”. The residency combines facilitated dialogue – built around a series of self-generated questions – with time for individual reflection. The next residency will take place online from 7-11 November 2022. 

Read the call out.

Applications closed on 26 September 2022.

CALL OUT: Coast to Coast

Magnetic North in partnership with Julian Forrester, and supported by the Craignish Trust, are looking for an artist to develop the first stage of an international collaboration that is focused on coasts, water, and the impact of climate change.  

Read the call out.

Applications closed: 12pm on 3 October 2022.

CALL OUT: Walden

We are seeking proposals from artists who identify as being part of the Global Majority for an artistic response to Henry David Thoreau’s book Walden. The resulting work will be shared alongside Magnetic North’s own adaptation during performances at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh in March 2023.  

Read the call out.

Applications closed: 12pm on 10 October 2022.

NEWS: Lost in Music cast announcement and Scottish tour

Lost in Music is a gig-theatre show inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice: the story of a talented musical couple’s journey to hell and back, told using the voices of young musicians. The cast for our 2022 Scottish tour are: Robin Campbell, Xenia Garden, Alex Neilson and Jill O'Sullivan. Lost in Music is touring Scotland from 16 September - 7 October. Tickets are on sale now.

NEWS: Introducing Our Seed Fund Artists

Earlier this year we received an award from Creative Scotland’s Recovery Fund to support independent artists through a Seed Fund which will give four grants of £4,500 each. We’re thrilled to announce the recipients:

Lauren McLaughlin

Lauren will use the seed fund to develop research in response to the undervaluing of care which has negatively impacted single mothers. The grant will allow her to facilitate workshops with other artists who are, or have been, single mothers. The workshops will lead to the development of a visual manifesto through the production of sculptural objects, discussion, performances and text.

Amy Conway / Melanie Jordan

In their project Blood Moon, a wolf makes the agonising transformation into a human woman each month under the light of the full moon. Inspired by the “wild woman archetype”, a belief in the need for the re-wilding of our psychological landscapes, and the menstrual cycle; Amy and Melanie seek to challenge preconceptions about both wolves and the human menstruator. 

ButhoTheWarrior

For black history month, ButhoTheWarrior will commission people who contribute to the music scene in Glasgow to make radio shows for their Clyde residency. They will also collaborate with DJs to play at a party which will be streamed on their YouTube page. 

Emma Jayne Park

Content Warning: suicide, death.

Preparing to Die is an autobiographical work told from the perspective of someone who is preparing to die by suicide - but only once their affairs and belongings are arranged in a way to make the aftermath of their death as simple as possible. The seed fund will be used for further devising and written work and to prepare the piece for the next stage of development.

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