Through the expansion and development of In Good Company, the scheme will deliver an enhanced programme of artist development opportunities, including:
- Masterclasses and workshops
- Rolling artist-support fund, offering seed commissions to regional artists
- Three commissioning funds for mid-career artists
- New writing development opportunities
- Platforms to showcase new work through festivals and scratch nights (including Departure Lounge and Check-In Festivals)
- A subsidised touring programme supporting partner venues to programme three high quality, diverse shows
- Regular newsletters, social events, 1-2-1 advice meetings for artists and an online directory allowing artists upload and share CVs and portfolios (delivered as part of The Big House consortium).
Artist Support Fund
In Good Company is evolving; we’re incredibly proud of our associate artist programme and to date have supported 14 associate companies over 4 years who have received tailored support to their needs.
We are delighted to have led the way in the midlands in this model meaning lots venues now run Associate Artist Schemes. We therefore are evolving our programme to offer even more artists the chance to receive tailored support.
We have listened to what artists want and need and from 2019 onwards, In Good Company will have a rolling programme of bursaries of up to £1,000 that will be awarded in January and June.
Artists are constantly having to write bids and applications, but for smaller pots of seed funding we think we can do things differently to foster better artist/venue relationships, reduce admin time, focus support around ideas not words and improve the general health and wellbeing of our sector.
In Good Company are on a mission to continue to transform how artists and venues communicate and co-create exciting new performance platforms, commissions and touring networks and it is for that reason that we have placed the onus on venues to foster and develop relationships, and in collaboration with artists nominate them for this fund. We encourage you to have a discussion about your project with them, thus providing an opportuntiy for them to nominate you. Venues recieve a limited number of nominations; so this might not always be possible, and we appreciate that making contact with venues can sometimes be difficult, particularly if you are an early career theatre maker - so we also want to give you the opportuntiy to nominate yourself.
If you have an idea that you think might need support, please fill out this form. The deadline for this is the 1st June 2019. If we recieve your application post 1st June 2019, your application will be reviewed in the January 2020 window. You will also need to fill out this Equality and Diversity form and submit this along with your application.
Artist Support Fund Partner Venues
Derby Theatre – www.derbytheatre.co.uk
Attenborough Arts Centre - www2.le.ac.uk/hosted/attenborougharts
Lincolnshire One Venues - lincolnshireonevenues.com
Nonsuch - wearenonsuch.com
Brewhouse Arts Centre - www.brewhouse.co.uk
Curve, Leicester - www.curveonline.co.uk
Nottingham Playhouse - www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk
Arena Theatre - www.wlv.ac.uk/arena-theatre/
Mansfield Old Library - www.inspireculture.org.uk/about-us/roomhire/old-library/
Departure Lounge Festivals
Our annual Check-in Festival takes place at Attenborough Arts Centre and is designed for local artists to experiment and play ahead of Departure Lounge.
Our annual Departure Lounge Festival is a performance platform of national importance, attended by artists, industry and audiences. Presented with Derby Theatre, we invite local and national artists to showcase their work and celebrate new and innovative performance. Departure Lounge is the arts festival for groundbreaking work in the heart of the country. Every corner of Derby Theatre and beyond will be brought to life by extraordinary performances, workshops and discussion.
The Artists' Network
The Artists' Network is a digital and physical collection of artists. It is open access - it brings together the “I”s to make a “we”, it turns acquaintances into friends and competition into collaborators.
We send a bi-weekly e-newsletter and your one-stop-shop for all artist development opportunities across the region.
Email email@example.com to join.
As a local artist who is a member of the Artists' Network you are welcome to request a 1-2-1 mentoring session with our creative producer.
PlayShuffle is an open mic night for new writing, designed to lift plays off the page so they can stand on their own two feet. We provide the Dutch courage so actors can stretch their sight-reading muscles; producers and directors test their ability to sniff out potential and playwrights hear their work for the first time.
Our scratch nights offer a selection of new work from the most exciting artists in the region. This is a chance for artists to try out new ideas in front of an audience and for audiences to feed into the development of the next big thing. Come along to get inspired or just enjoy a great evening of new writing.
We offer year-round 1-2-1 mentoring meetings for all artists working in the region to give advice on funding, touring, sustainability, wellbeing, artistic practice etc.
In Good Company knows that it can be lonely being an artist, so we’re committed to providing you with opportunities to connect – about art, but also just the stuff of life. Come hang out with us and each other. From drinks to dancing and picnics to day trips keep watching the IGC calendar for upcoming socials.