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Theatre Artists’ Potential Unleashed with Two Creative Practice Bursaries


The Federation of Scottish Theatre and the Scottish Arts Council are delighted to announce the launch of Unleashed and Unplugged 2009 – two bursaries for creative artists working in Scottish theatre. The bursaries, Unleashed (£25,000) and Unplugged (£5,000), offer a unique opportunity to support two theatre artists to develop their potential by exploring, evolving and experimenting in their practice. 

FST has established that many creative artists, when asked what would make a difference to the development of their practice, answer: "space and time". Unleashed and Unplugged helps to meet that need. The bursaries will enable two artists, currently working in Scottish theatre (whether freelance or employed) to disconnect from their regular routine or job and time to explore and consider new or alternative ways of approaching their thinking and practice.  FST and Scottish Arts Council see this award as a long term investment in the holistic artistic vision of the theatre community in Scotland.

The awards are open to all Scottish-based theatre artists (directors, performers, designers, choreographers, technicians, writers, dramaturges, multi-media artists, producers) who have reached a point in their career where time out to re-evaluate their own process and practice would be of creative benefit.  Unleashed is aimed at established practitioners, and Unplugged at mid-career.

In 2008 the bursaries recipients were Graham Eatough, who received a £25,000 award to develop his practice combining theatre with the visual arts and Lorne Campbell who was awarded £5,000 to explore the concept of ‘liveness’ in performance.

Jon Morgan, FST Director said:

"FST is delighted to be able to support two Scottish theatre artists to further explore their creativity through the Unleashed and Unplugged bursaries. This is an incredibly exciting opportunity and we encourage practitioners from across all areas of the theatre sector to consider how they could benefit from the time that Unleashed and Unplugged would allow them. FST is pleased to be working in partnership with the Scottish Arts Council on this innovative and dynamic project."

Morag Arnot, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Arts Council said:

"One of the core aims of the Scottish Arts Council is to support artists in Scotland to fulfil their creative and business potential. The Unleashed and Unplugged bursaries support this aim through allowing for that crucial resource – space and time – for two theatre practitioners to take their practice in new directions, try out new ideas and take risks.  This is the second year we have collaborated with the FST for this fund and we look forward to seeing what brilliant ideas will be unleashed through the bursaries."

Further information on the Unplugged and Unleashed bursaries, including details of how to apply can be downloaded from the Federation of Scottish Theatre website, www.scottishtheatre.org

The closing date for completed applications is the 30 September 2009.

Notes to editors

  1. The Federation of Scottish Theatre exists to advance the interests of Scottish Theatre at home and abroad. It is the membership organisation for the professional theatre sector in Scotland undertaking advocacy at a national level with government and funding bodies, co-ordinated initiatives and providing advice and services to members to secure the creative future of theatre in Scotland. The key objectives of the FST cover three key areas of activity: Advocacy and Communication; Information; Training and Learning. 
  2. The Scottish Arts Council is a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) which was established by Royal Charter in 1994 and is also a Lottery distributor. The organisation serves the people of Scotland by fostering arts of excellence through investment, development, research and advocacy. Our corporate aims are: to support artists to fulfil their creative and business potential; to increase participation in the arts; and to place the arts, culture and creativity at the heart of learning. We invest £60m each year, including £15 million of National Lottery funding.
  3. Media Contact: Kirsty Bichan, T: 0131 220 6393, M: 07921888926, E: kirsty@scottishtheatre.org

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