New International Voices Residency Programme in London 2018 (Fully-funded for West African Artists)

New International Voices Residency Programme in London 2018 (Fully-funded for West African Artists)

Deadline: January 26, 2018

The British Council, LIFT and Battersea Arts Centre are offering an opportunity for two West African artists to join the New International Voices residency programme in London from 11-24 June, part of LIFT 2018. The programme will support a new generation of international artists who are in the early stages of their professional practice. It is committed to enabling artists to develop and present new work in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Based at Battersea Arts Centre, the residency is a chance for individual West African artists to test out new ideas, to challenge the way they work, and create new international networks. Through a communal living environment, artists will have opportunities to share, reflect and develop practice with peers. They will also be part of an exciting LIFT festival programme and can attend a number of the performances.

New International Voices is a chance for individual West African artists to test out new ideas, to challenge the way they work, and create new international networks. Through a communal living environment, artists will have opportunities to share, reflect and develop practice with peers. They will also be part of an exciting LIFT festival programme and can attend a number of the performances.

A filmmaker will follow the chosen artists through this process capturing their experience. They will document the development of the artists’ work, as well as capturing their presence within the festival. New International Voices 2018 is a LIFT and Battersea Arts Centre event in partnership with the British Council.

Benefits

Artists will receive a range of support for their residency, including:

  • A small stipend of approximately £1,500 (inclusive of travel expenses, visa costs and per diems)
  • International travel provided for by the British Council
  • 2 weeks communal accommodation in the artist bedrooms at Battersea Arts Centre
  • Access to communal self-catering facilities and a supply of basic food stuffs
  • Access to two weeks of rehearsal space at the Battersea Arts Centre
  • A creative dialogue with Battersea Arts Centre and LIFT producers about the development of new ideas
  • Attendance to LIFT’s Weekender
  • Complimentary tickets to performances at LIFT 2018
  • The chance to connect and network with International performance-makers

Eligibility

Applications will be evaluated against the following criteria:

  • A national of any West Africa country living and working in Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal or Sierra Leone
  • Applicants must be aged between 18-35 (by 31 December 2018)
  • They must be working in theatre, dance, live art, spoken word and performance.
  • A strong working methodology
  • Experience in creating devised performance
  • Experience of sharing work in progress
  • A willingness to share their practice and experience with the project film-maker
  • An ongoing practice of investigation and collaboration
  • The benefit that might be derived from being involved in this project
  • A strong project idea that you would like to explore during the residency

Application

Submit a CV, a covering letter of no more than 2 sides of A4 expressing why you wish to participate in the project and a scanned copy of your international passport by the 26th January 2018. The CV and covering letter should demonstrate a strong working methodology and articulate the benefits that might be derived from undertaking the residency. If possible please include a maximum of 3 video links to your work.

Applications should be sent to [email protected], copying in LIFT on [email protected]

For more information, visit New International Voices Residency Programme.

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