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Four Artist Development opportunities from The Lowry to be available to diverse artists and artforms.

The Lowry’s Artist Development Programme are offering four opportunities for diverse artists and art forms. In partnership with strategic artist development partners and Greater Manchester venues, a variety of development schemes will be provided to enable new performing arts work to emerge within the North of England. The Lowry aims to provide bespoke support for artists, creatives & companies that truly addresses their individual needs or ambitions, and benefit a diverse range of artists across ethnicity and abilities, and art forms including musical composition, performance and physical theatre, and dance.
These four opportunities include:

Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at The Lowry & Hope Mill Theatre, and Musical Rewrites SHOOTS Scratch Night will benefit an emerging musical theatre composer and provide a platform for experimental or new ideas for new musical theatre respectively. The Sustained Theatre Up North X The Lowry Commission will benefit BAME artists or BAME-led companies who are currently based in the North of England who want to make performance work. The Lowry are delighted to announce the launch of a brand new artist development programme called UNTITLED Residency that will widen its artist development offer to reach the broadest diversity of creatives, in particular artists and creatives of colour/BAME heritage, and artists and creatives living with a disability.

Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at The Lowry & Hope Mill Theatre

The Lowry will partner with Hope Mill Theatre to jointly host the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme run by Mercury Musical Developments and Musical Theatre Network to begin in April 2020.
This joint placement will allow a musical theatre composers to benefit from a unique range of bespoke coaching and mentoring alongside more practical craft and career opportunities at both a large and smaller-scale venue. The successful recipient will receive an all-inclusive fee of £11,000, plus £500 towards travel expenses, thanks to the generous support of The Cameron Mackintosh Foundation.

Claire Symonds and Matthew Eames, Senior Producers at The Lowry, said: “We are delighted to partner with Hope Mill Theatre to host a placement for the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Scheme. As the two premier venues for musical theatre in Greater Manchester and keen supporters of the development of new musicals we feel we can jointly offer a series of varied and diverse opportunities that span the subsidised and commercial sectors. Between us we host musicals of all shapes and sizes, we produce and commission new work and we mentor and develop artists – we feel the recipient will get a great understanding of where their work sits and how they can engage commissioners and audiences in the future.”

Musical Rewrites SHOOTS Scratch Night

The Lowry are looking for four artists/creatives to share short works or ideas for new musical theatre through its in-house artist development programme Musical Rewrites SHOOTS Scratch Night. This programme aims to support the development of ideas and for artists/creatives to present new ideas or short works with an audience, in a safe supportive way.

This instalment of SHOOTS will be part of The Lowry’s Musical Rewrites Festival – a programme of work celebrating new UK musicals in development at the moment, taking place at The Lowry from Wednesday 13 – Saturday 16 November 2019. Successful artists/companies will each receive £250 seed funding and to present their piece in the Aldridge Studio on Wednesday 13 November 2019.

Sustained Theatre Up North X The Lowry Commission

The Lowry will partner with Sustained Theatre Up North to offer a £4,000 ‘making’ commission for BAME artists or BAME-led companies who are currently based in the North of England who want to make performance work. This commission seeks to develop Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic artistic talent to enable voices to be heard which wouldn’t otherwise be heard and afford artists freedom and support them to create excellent, new, urban performance.
The Lowry and STUN are looking for BAME artists or BAME-led companies that use movement, physical theatre or dance to connect with audiences; working towards a studio-scale show to present in Autumn 2020.

UNTITLED Residency

UNTITLED Residency will benefit artists who require the freedom to explore by focusing on the process and not on outcome. This new programme is all about creating an opportunity for artists and creatives to take risks, make leaps and play with ideas.
The Lowry are looking for expressions of interest from:

  • Projects that are in the early stages of development and will benefit from experimentation rather than rehearsal
  • Projects that are telling new stories in interesting ways
  • Projects that are testing new collaborations across art forms or with a diverse range of artists
  • Projects that involve those who are underrepresented in terms of ethnicity, disability, sexuality, socio-economic backgrounds and any others who might need a different kind of courage to overcome historical barriers or perspectives
  • Projects that involve dance, movement, or contemporary circus makers as we don’t tend to hear as often from people working in these fields.

There are 7 residency weeks in each month starting January to July 2020 available to apply for. The successful artists/companies will receive:

  • 5 day residency / up to 40 hours of studio time (Aldridge Studio 3)
  • A small pot of seed funding of £500
  • Option to informally share and reflect on the process with a trusted invited group if needed
  • Option of having a critical eye at points that suit