artsdepot Artist Residencies Autumn 2020 / Spring 2021
Published: Wed 28 Oct 2020
We are excited to announce the new cohort of 15 Artist Residencies planned for Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021. After a competitive application process, artists receive research and development space, support from artsdepot, and seed funding for their projects.
Residencies for Autumn 2020 include: Thomas Ryalls, a theatre maker working on a show about young people experiencing long term hospital care, Louise Orwin, a Barbican OpenLab 2019 / 2020 artist working on a show about teenagers and online identity, Nick Blakeley, working on his first solo theatre show; an autobiographical comedy about grief, and Peyvand Sadeghian, developing a show for young audiences using visual storytelling about using your voice.
Also joining us for Artist Residencies in Spring 2021 will be: Varjack Lowry, Michael Duke, Alex Roberts, Gael Le Cornec, Brian Mullin, Freight Theatre, Natalie Chan, Vicky Olusanya and Tilly Lunken, Upswing, Chalk Line Theatre, and Demi Nandhra.
We are dedicated to supporting freelancers and artists, especially during the uncertain climate Covid-19 has produced. Director of Programming Louisa Barlett-Pestell says, “The pandemic has been particularly challenging for freelance artists, so ensuring we could re-open our Creation Space and support artists to make work as soon as possible was a priority for artsdepot. We were overwhelmed with 80 very high calibre applications so it was a competitive process but we are delighted to be supporting a new cohort of 15 fantastic artists and companies. The range of ideas, talent and potential across these residencies is invigorating, and I think they represent exactly what the world needs now: more creativity, art and joy.”
We have offered Artist Residencies as part of the organisation’s Artist Development programme since 2015. In the last 6 years, over 60 artists, artistic companies, performance makers and more have developed new work in the Creation Space.