The Point, Eastleigh is now seeking new artists to join its renowned Associate Artist programme for 2019 to 2020.
Supported by Arts Council England and the University of Winchester, the programme is now moving into its tenth year, with a host of success stories behind the scheme. Previous artists having gone on to become Arts Council National Portfolio Organisations (ZoieLogic Dance Theatre), win Fringe First Awards (Milk Presents), Total Theatre Awards (Two Destination Language), receive commissions (Joli Vyann) and tour nationally and internationally (Theatre Re).
The one-year programme aims to support the creative practice and organisational development of emerging makers and practitioners who are keen to progress to the next stage.
This year the venue is looking for four artists or companies working in a performance context, which can include theatre, circus, dance, aerial dance, integrated arts and outdoor arts.
Katie Dale-Everett, a current Associate Artist said of the scheme: "Being an Associate Artist at The Point has opened up possibilities that I never imagined possible at the current stage of my career and has given me new skills to be able to forward think and take on more ambitious projects. The space, contacts, open door and the opportunity to receive unique and personalised support is a precious gift!”
Sacha Lee, Artist Director at The Point said: “During a structured period of support, The Point aims to enable artists to develop artistically and identify appropriate markets for their work. We are looking for talented makers with a strong vision, and a clear sense of artistic direction as well as an understanding of the sector.
“There are a host of benefits of being an Associate Artist at The Point ranging from one-to-one mentoring, administrative and technical support, networking and performance opportunities and access to seed funding.”
“In return we ask that artists get involved in the venue throughout the year, conduct open rehearsals and Q&As, and act as active ambassadors for the organisation.”
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “One of the most important things our national portfolio organisations do is support new talent to develop and become the leading artists of the future. The Point does exceptional work to nurture emerging talent and the Associate Artists programme is hugely successful. I’m looking forward to hearing a lot more about the 2019 artists.”
Applications need to be in by Wednesday 23rd January 2019 at 12 noon with interviews on Friday 1st February 2019.
For more information on the associate programme and how to apply visit www.thepointeastleigh.co.uk
Image: Grania Pickard - current Associate Artist at The Point, Eastleigh