“It’s incredible to be in a building that is full of other artists working in a variety of fields. There is a sense of community and bubbling creativity around… and having the warm, caring support from the team make it a unique place to develop relevant, thoughtful and challenging art.”
Studio Somewhere Spring Residency Artist
Studio Somewhere is Take Me Somewhere’s artist creation space based in Tramway.
Take Me Somewhere’s vision is to create the best possible conditions for exceptional, radical new performance to be made in Scotland. We do this partly through our Festival platform but also through our year-round, sector support initiatives.
Studio Somewhere opened at the beginning of 2022, and since then we have been piloting various projects to support Scotland based performance-makers to connect with their peers, create new international links and develop new projects in a comfortable, fit for purpose environment. Please sign up here to be kept updated about new opportunities as they are announced.
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – AUTUMN/WINTER 2022/23
Bursary: £1150 (Estimated as £750 for a lead artist + £400 for materials & collaborators)
Travel, Accommodation: up to £350 for those outside of Glasgow
Access costs: Available (on discussion)
Deadline: 17:00 Friday 5th August
“Just having the space to play, develop my ideas, move and invite others into has helped shift the direction of my project in ways I didn’t imagine.” Studio Somewhere Spring Residency Artist
Take Me Somewhere are currently accepting submissions for our Autumn/Winter Studio Somewhere residency programme. We have four residencies available for Scotland based artists between October – December 2022.
The residencies are opportunities for artists working in experimental performance to put an idea in motion or explore a new collaboration. We are looking for artists who wish to explore a project that raises interesting new questions relevant to our time, or is innovative in approach to form. The residencies are tester spaces, intended to nurture the early seeds of an idea or collaboration to put artists in a stronger position to further develop their projects. For this call out we are not offering rehearsal space for a funded project already in development with a confirmed premiere (if you are interested in this however, the studio is available for hire).
These residencies have been created in the spirit of artist support and sit separately to Take Me Somewhere’s Festival, although it’s not impossible that some projects may end up being presented in the 2023 Festival programme. The residency offer includes two, 40 minute sessions with a TMS producer to support you in a way that feels appropriate, perhaps helping you to plan out the next steps of the project or suggesting partners and contexts that may be a good fit for your work.
In response to feedback on our previous residency programmes, we have made a small fund available for each residency to invite collaborators, outside eyes or mentors into the residency.
We will provide:
Access to the Take Me Somewhere Studio for up to 6 days (10:00 – 18:00 generally)
£1150 bursary (Approximated as a £750 fee + £400 materials / administration / collaborators budget)
Two x 40 minute advice / strategy meetings with a TMS producer to support your development and discuss the future life of the project (please note these sessions are focused on producing or organisational mentoring, the team are not able to provide creative feedback)
Access support costs should you require them will be discussed with each residency participant & we may be able to support you applying for Access to Work for more significant costs.
For non-Glasgow based artists – Up to £350 travel & accommodation budget is available for the lead artist to get from home to Studio Somewhere (an estimated breakdown of these costs will be required in advance, for artists from Edinburgh or the surrounding area of Glasgow we would expect daily travel costs instead of accommodation, unless this is unsuitable due to access or care responsibilities). This budget is not intended to support travel/accommodation to an external research site. It is also not intended to pay for collaborators travel.
Access to a part mirrored studio with a dance floor plus basic technical equipment; see tech spec for full details.
Basic technical briefing on how to self-manage the equipment. We don’t have in-house technicians to operate for sharings, build sets or advise on technical development.
An optional opportunity to share live/recorded work at the end of your residency with a small invited audience or online including the TMS team, if appropriate.
Marketing support (advertising the residency on our website and posting on social media)
Although we are keen to have our physical space as a resource for creative practice, we are open to funding a residency where the artist wishes to work remotely from home over a longer period of time where there are access or care considerations, or on site where this relates to the research undertaken. You may wish to provide more information on how you imagine this working in your application.
Our expectations for you if selected:
To have an initial meeting with the team to discuss your plans for the residency, what support you might need and so we can learn more about your practise (online or in person)
For you to, by the end of the residency, have an understanding of the next steps for the project, shared with Take Me Somewhere either by email, an informal conversation or as part of a sharing.
For you to provide an image and short description of what you will be working on, and written, picture or video documentation after the residency that we can share on our social media and website
For you to complete a risk assessment & studio questionnaire 2 weeks before your residency (we can support you with this where needed)
For you to fill out a short written evaluation & equal opportunities form after the residency reflecting on your experience
These residencies are for artists who:
Are currently based in Scotland
May come from a variety of backgrounds across visual art/sound art, dance, music, theatre, club-performance, film-making or activism but are looking to develop a new idea or collaboration centring experimental performance
Have a track record of rigorous artistic work. This does not have to be within experimental performance, but for these residencies we are looking for artists who are able to speak about at least two artistic projects that have shown publicly (outside of an educational environment).
Criteria / Selection Process
The residencies will be selected by a panel of Scotland/UK based artists and we will share the names of the panel to all applicants via email.
They will make their selections based on the following criteria:
Commitment to experimental performance
Artists do not need to have an established practise in experimental performance making, however we will be looking for artists who wish to use this residency to explore this form. We are interested in practises that are risk taking and unique in their approach.
The interrogation speaks to the development of an artist’s practice
Artists have a clear understanding of how this new interrogation relates to their work thus far, and what the gains would be to their practise moving forwards.
These residencies are intended for artists who could be described as ‘establishing’ or ‘established’ which we define as those who have shown at least two pieces of work publicly outside of an educational context (we offer different opportunities for early career artists, such as the Emerging Artist Award).
Although we do not expect you to know the details of what the finished performance will look and feel like, we will be looking for a clear proposal of what you would like to explore during the residency. This could be a question, a material, an approach to working across disciplines, a new technology, a piece of research, a style of movement, a piece of music or something else. We will be looking for ideas, approaches and collaborations that have potential to grow into ambitious projects.
Timeliness of opportunity & introduction to Take Me Somewhere
We understand open-call processes are laborious for artists, however they remain the best method of introducing us to artists we have not previously worked with. Therefore, for this opportunity we will prioritise artists who have not previously undertaken a funded residency with us, or presented as a lead artist at Take Me Somewhere. (If you have presented in previous festivals as part of a collective but not as a solo lead artist, or have worked with us in smaller ways such as Festival Mixtapes or participation in ‘Take Me Somewhere Sticky’ we do not count as ‘previously presented’ in this context. If we have provided you in-kind space at Studio Somewhere in 2022 without a residency fee you are still welcome to apply.)
Representation and breadth of practise
TMS recognises the systemic exclusion within the performance sector and is striving to put equity at the heart of our decision making. We are committed to increasing the diversity of people working in performance and especially welcome applications from those who identify as having characteristics currently under-represented. This includes black people and people of colour, disabled people, individuals identifying as LGBTQ+, those with parental responsibilities and people from working-class backgrounds. The panel will look to ensure a breadth of experiences and practises are represented amongst the selected artists.
Deadline for Applications: 5th August
Applicants notified by: 1st September
Residencies take Place: Oct – Dec 2022
You can submit an application by clicking the buttons below:
Written Application Guidelines
Please answer the written questions on the google form. If you have any trouble with it please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video application guidelines
Video applications can be between 3 – 7 minutes long. This video does not need to be highly edited, tightly scripted or shot with a good quality camera. If it is more relaxing for you you could answer the questions in conversation with someone. You will just need to ensure you answer all the questions clearly.
We will accept video applications in English and British Sign Language. Please upload your finished video to Vimeo or Youtube and submit the link, along with a CV (if you have one) and any links or images of your work in the link above.
If another application form is more accessible for you, please email us at email@example.com and we would be happy to discuss alternatives.
Care, Access & Safer Spaces
At Take Me Somewhere we attempt to place care at the centre of our activity, and remain flexible to different ways of working in order to ensure we welcome people into a supportive working environment.
If selected for the residency, we will send you an ‘access rider’ which is an opportunity to consider what structures or support we may be able to put in place to best facilitate your time with us. This is optional to fill out and we can support you to write it together if you prefer.
Tramway and Studio Somewhere are wheelchair accessible spaces. There is an accessible toilet on the same floor as the Studio. We have soft furnishings and a quiet space available if you require. We have a limited access budget to pay for access support such as personal assistants or British Sign Language Interpreters, however for more significant costs we can support you to write an Access To Work application to cover them (6 weeks notice required). You will have private access to the space and will not be disturbed, however will have contact with a member of the team if you require assistance.
We know there are significant barriers to people working in the arts, particularly for those who experience marginalisation on the basis of race, class, disability, sexuality and gender due to deep rooted prejudices and injustices in the sector. Due to this, we have created a care agreement which we ask all members of staff and visiting artists to subscribe to, which lists various commitments to better facilitate a supportive working environment for everyone, as well as clear communication pathways if you believe these commitments have not been met.
We are currently in the process of developing a bespoke Take Me Somewhere Safer Spaces policy, informed by learning in anti-racism and disability justice.
Whilst we appreciate safety looks different to everyone, we work hard to ensure your time working with us will be as supportive, generous and nourishing as possible. We look forward to working with you.