We want to celebrate the towns of the South East and invest in the artists, performers and makers who live in those towns.
The South East is made up of more small towns than any other region. From coastal and semi-rural to more urban areas on the edge of our cities, some are historic market towns, others new towns with new names. They are part of our character; they shape the way we live and are often overlooked by powerful metropolitan and rural interests.
We’re inviting proposals from those who want to create artistic work where they live, with and for their town community.
We are looking for ideas that are enticing and relevant. This might encompass site-specific work or theatre that doesn’t look like theatre; it might be based in variety, comedy, magic, street games or maybe roller skating!
The work could take place in market squares, care homes, cafes or the local theatre, but it should be work that celebrates, brings a little joy and can rekindle an appetite for contemporary, popular entertainment.
It would be great to hear ideas for our smaller towns or those with fewer cultural venues and arts activity.
Our investment will be made to artists, arts companies, performers or makers for work to be made in their town or a town they have a very close relationship with.
Applicants should be able to describe the audience they are hoping to work with and the town partners they will be connecting with. These could be local authorities, arts venues, community groups such as allotment societies, amateur theatre groups, residents’ associations or the local vicar and netball coach.
We’re looking for promising, bold, mischievous yet considered ideas that have the potential to result in a compelling theatre experience which contributes to the town community. We want to support projects that can begin under current restrictive circumstances and have the flexibility to adapt to changing public performance conditions.
We are hoping to support a range of different approaches working with local emerging makers to experienced, international artists. We expect to be making around six investments of £500-£5000 and are happy to consider projects of all sizes and at various stages of development. We’d hope to offer continued support to the best of these showing the potential to visit further town locations.
Making a proposal
Visit http://theatre.farnhammaltings.com/portfolio/new-popular/ for more information and to access the short proposal form.
If you wish to make a video application, ensure your video addresses the questions and statements in the form and keeps below 7 minutes, and submit by email.
Closing date for submissions is 9am Monday 01 February 2021
Proposals will be shortlisted by a small curatorial panel, and we expect to fund 6 projects in total.
Decisions will be based on:
- The creative idea
- the approach to engaging its audience, both its practicality and authenticity
- the ambition of the project and the depth of its potential impact and legacy in the town.
Short listed applicants will be contacted by Monday 15 February 2021
Those short listed may be asked for further information at this stage, a small fee will be paid for your time to prepare and supply this detail if it is required.
Get in touch
If you would like to talk though your idea with us at any stage, we would welcome that conversation; contact Katy Potter, Producer on 07798 812548 Mon-Thurs (office hours) firstname.lastname@example.org or Emily Davis, Assistant Producer email@example.com
Our Towns is a part of our New Popular programme, a five year initiative supported by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation that tests and creates new theatre with the ambition of reaching broader audiences in new places with new experiences.
Image Credit: Michael Cox, Albuhera Close, 2018, oil on linen.