Performing Arts Practitioners NEEDED to work with Lyra

  • Freelance contract
  • Edinburgh
  • Freelance contract
  • Edinburgh

Website Lyra

Lyra is looking to commission two experienced Performing Arts practitioners to create two new performance pieces for the 2022 Bright & Wild festival in collaboration with Lyra’s Young Artists.

Job Title: Lead Artist – Performing Arts x 2
Reports to: Projects and Engagement Manager
Contract: Fixed Term Freelance, nine months
Hours: Weekly sessions for three terms covering 27 weeks, plus three days preparation/planning and five days in production week. (35 days at £150 per day)
Location: Artspace, 11 Harewood Road, Edinburgh EH16 4NT and throughout the Greater Craigmillar area. Meetings may also take place online.

Each Commission includes:
•Lead Artist fee of £5,250
•A budget of £2,000 for materials and collaborators
•Free theatre and studio space at Lyra
•Free hot desk office space at Lyra
•Facilitator and Youth Arts Worker to support the sessions
•Producer support
•Opportunities to share the progress of the work with audiences and industry professionals

Who can apply?
Artists from any live performance background are welcome to apply including dance, parkour, music, circus, installation, theatre, storytelling, live art, moving image and more. Cross-disciplinary proposals from independent artists, collectives or companies are also welcome. The commissions are suited to Artists who live in/close by to Edinburgh. We can subsidise travel costs up to a maximum of £500 per person for those living outside of the City of Edinburgh.

The Groups:
Wednesdays: Performing Arts (P3-5)
Thursdays: Performing Arts (P6-7)
The Performing Arts Groups are made up of mixed ability groups, aged 8-10 (Wednesday) & 10 -12 (Thursday). They do not need to have prior experience of any form of performing arts to join in. Most participants are therefore at beginner level.

Weekly Sessions
The successful Artists, or a collaborator, will lead weekly rehearsals to develop the Performing Arts concept with the young Performing Arts participants on Wednesday or Thursday afternoons from September 2021 – June 2022. The final performances will be presented in the w/c 13 June or w/c 20 June 2022.

w/c 27 September – w/c 11 October 2021 (three weeks)
w/c 1 November – w/c 6 December 2021 (six weeks)
w/c 17 January – w/c 7 February 2022 (four weeks)
w/c 21 Feb – w/c 4 April 2022 (seven weeks)
w/c 25 April – w/c 6 June 2022 (seven weeks)

Applicants should be available for the majority of the dates, however, the materials/collaborators budget can be used to bring in other Artists to cover sessions when the lead Artist is working elsewhere.

For further information, please contact (Katie Stuart) or visit

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