Open call for Located Residencies (deadline: Friday 27 September 2019) | Galwad am Gyfnodau Preswyl ar Leoliad (d.c. Gwe 27 Medi 2019)

Located Residencies are unique opportunities to spend research and development time looking at new performance ideas, that are embedded in a location or community. This is an opportunity to conceive and shape your own residency – experimenting, taking creative risks and exploring your practice within a specific context that you identify.  

These residencies will offer a first stage of research and development (R&D). They may be the starting points for future projects and productions that have a deep and meaningful connection with notions of ‘people’ and ‘place’.

How are these residencies ‘located’?

This year has seen National Theatre Wales undertake Egin, our curated residency on one of the most urgent issues of our time: climate breakdown and how it impacts our relationships to ourselves and the planet.

In response to the many ideas and conversations that were prompted by this work, we want to continue to support the development of new projects that embrace the most pertinent issues of today. We hope that these Located Residencies are a period of reflection and dialogue that explore these issues in relation to the people and place of Wales.

In your submission, we will be looking for examples of how you think this residency will push the boundaries of your practice and/or have the potential to create change (for you, your practice, or anyone else you may be working with). Your submission will also clearly articulate how the project addresses local and global concerns, whilst physically needing to be undertaken within Wales*.

We expect that most residencies will last for around a week and that there will be an important moment to share your ideas and process with others. We will expect to work with the selected artists to support the design of their residency and however they chose to share their results with a wider group of people.

Who can apply?

Located Residencies are open to all artists who are interested in making performance – writers, directors, choreographers, designers, movers, makers, digitals creatives - at any stage in their careers.

We particularly welcome submissions from artists who come from underrepresented groups (specifically artists of colour, or artists with additional needs).

All participating professionals must:

  • be aged 18 and over;
  • not be currently engaged in full-time education;
  • not carry out residencies in connection to PhD research; and
  • be based in Wales or able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the development of work in Wales.

What’s on offer?

Budget: All lead artists and their collaborators will receive a fee of £500 per week for their time on the residency (part weeks paid on a pro rata basis of £100/day), as well as budgetary support towards the cost of travel, accommodation, materials etc., depending on the needs of each residency. You do not need to complete a budget as part of our submission. We will work with you to allocate money to your residency, based on its needs.

Support & Advice: You will receive artistic and producing support from the Head of Creative Development, Creative Development Assistant and freelance producers (NTW’s Emerging Producers) and Production department, as well as having access to the expertise of the whole company including Collaboration and Communications where relevant.

We also have the opportunity to draw on support from expertise at Natural Resources Wales depending on the direction and focus of each residency.

When will residencies take place?

We envisage that most residencies will take place between Nov 2019 and Jun 2020 but we are happy to consider other times. Please do get in touch if you have questions about this.

What’s the application process?

  • You can submit an idea by downloading the submissions form and sending it to
  • We’ll reply to your email to let you know once it has been received safely.
  • After the deadline has passed, we’ll send it to a supportive and friendly panel of industry professionals (made up of NTW staff and invited independent artists, or arts managers from Wales or further afield). We may give you a call if there are any questions we need to clarify before sharing it.
  • If we feel your residency has real potential, we’ll arrange for you to meet with representatives of the panel so you can tell us more about it, in whatever way you think best illustrates what you’d like to do, and how. If you are planning to work with a community we would expect them to be featured at this point, in some way.
  • If your residency is selected, you’ll work with staff at NTW (Creative Development, Production and an Emerging Producer) as well as any collaborative partners/artists to design and carry out your residency. Residencies may develop at this point in any number of different ways within the level of resource as outlined above.
  • At the end of the residency you will be asked to share something of what you did. This could be anything from a presentation, sharing or work in progress performance. We’ll help you think about what that could be and make sure you are properly supported to do so.
  • We’ll help you think about what could happen next and how. We’ll also make introductions to other professionals or artists who we think may be interested in your work in the future. But we don’t want that to be the end of our work together so we will find ways to keep in contact too.

We will be arranging meetings with selected artists for 11 October 2019. We strongly recommend that you talk to us about your idea before submitting it. If you want to discuss ideas or ask us a question, get in touch!

Simon Coates, Head of Creative Development:                                         

Dylan Huw, Creative Development Assistant:

All further information and the application form can be found on this link.

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