Accelerator 2022

  • Open Call
  • Scotland
  • Applications have closed
  • Open Call
  • Scotland
  • Applications have closed.

Website Imaginate

Accelerator is an Imaginate project offering research and development funding, mentoring, producing support and performance opportunities for artists to create new theatre and/or dance works in progress for young audiences.

We are currently looking for artists living in Scotland who have previous experience in leading the development of new performance work. 

Read the full call-out guidelines here.
Applicants don’t need to have made performances for young audiences before as long as they are excited about the artistic potential of creating theatre and dance for young audiences. We will prioritise underrepresented artists, forms and themes and have a budget to support access needs for the application process and for the project itself.

The selection criteria are:

– the quality and potential of the idea as a young audiences performance
– the relevance of the idea for children and/or young people
– the need for the work (is the work platforming underrepresented artists or ideas, and/or is the intended audience underserved by the sector?)
– the potential impact of this opportunity for the artist(s)

You can read about our recent and current Accelerator artists here.

Being Accelerator Artists was invaluable not just to the development of Untitled Discotheque Project – although that project did develop, and in ways we could never have anticipated – but more deeply to the development of Shotput as a company. The team at Imaginate were always responsive, sensing when we needed quiet time and when we needed to speak to others. Through the Accelerator programme, we felt like we were part of the larger conversation in society around the topics of the piece – sex and teenagers – and we were encouraged both to listen and to be bold.
Jim Manganello and Lucy Ireland of Shotput, Accelerator 2019-21 artists

If you have any questions about this project, or would like to talk to us before applying please contact Creative Development Director Fiona Ferguson at

Accelerator is supported by the PLACE programme, funded by the Scottish Government, the City of Edinburgh Council and the Edinburgh Festivals, and supported and administered by Creative Scotland.

How to apply
Read through the attached Guidelines first and if you have any questions, or would find it easier to talk through the Guidelines, contact Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director.  We can provide BSL or captions for any pre-application discussions.

You can apply in writing, or by film, making sure everything is in one document with no cv’s or other additional attachments.  If you are applying by film, upload it to Vimeo or YouTube with a password and send us the link in a document with anything else you want to say.  Please include your name in the document title.

You can find more details about what we are looking for in the Accelerator 2022 Guidelines.

You should email your application to with Accelerator 2022 as the subject title by the deadline of Wednesday 1 December.

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