Hopper Artist Call Out - Strands, Fees and Selection Process

Please read the below information to find out more about the Hopper application process for artist and the necessary requirements for you and your company if selected.

 

Strand 1: Existing Shows

We are looking for existing EY shows that you think could be made ready to tour to EY settings with some adaptations and are available to tour through the spring, summer or autumn 2018.

See FAQs for more information about what we mean by this.

If selected:

You will attend the Practical Introduction to Touring into EY Settings Lab on 17 to 19 July 2017 in Somerset.  (NB This Lab is both for artists interested in adapting existing work and those with new ideas).

The Lab is an opportunity for selected artists to meet people from all aspects of the EY touring ecology and investigate how we can make brilliant performances work well in EY settings. You will learn about how EY settings operate, think about how to adapt your work within the constraints of touring into multi-purpose spaces and how to make shows that appeal to wider EY communities including parents and carers. During the Lab you will visit at least one EY setting.

Attendance at the Lab is compulsory for one company member and they will receive a £300 fee (plus travel, catering and accommodation) for taking part.

Following the Lab, you will have access to a bursary of up to £2,000 to help you make adaptations to your show to make it more appropriate for the practical challenges of touring into EY settings. We will talk to you about whether this is required for your show if you are selected for the programme.

Your show will be featured in an inaugural EY settings menu to be distributed to staff working in EY settings in July 2017. A ‘menu’ is a selected group of shows that are offered to EY staff from which they choose the show/s they want to put on in their setting. The Hopper Project Manager will broker potential interest from these new promoters alongside the availability of the companies they are interested in.

There is no guarantee that your show will be chosen for touring. However, we expect that each show on the menu will be booked for eight to twelve performances each (with an average of ten). Guaranteed touring fees are subsidised through this scheme, and will be negotiated on a case–by-case basis. It is envisaged that fees will range from £650 - £950 per day of performances depending on show size and venue. This will be inclusive of VAT and also includes any wraparound and workshop activity.

There will be seven shows on the menu. We are seeking to fill three spaces through this call out.

 

Strand 2: New Ideas

We are looking for artists who have a new idea for an EY show they would like to develop, which you think would work well in EY settings. See FAQs for guidance on how to decide whether your idea is appropriate for touring into EY settings.

Three companies/artists will be selected to develop and test their idea, through the process outlined below.

If selected:

You will attend the Practical Introduction to Touring into EY Settings Lab on 17 to 19 July 2017 in Somerset. (NB This Lab is both for artists interested in adapting existing work and those with new ideas).

The Lab is an opportunity for selected artists to meet people from all aspects of the EY touring ecology and investigate how we can make brilliant performances work well in EY settings. You will learn about how EY settings operate, think about how to adapt your work within the constraints of touring into multi-purpose spaces and how to make shows that appeal to wider EY communities including parents and carers. During the Lab you will visit at least one EY setting.

Attendance at the Lab is compulsory for one company member and they will receive a £300 fee (plus travel, catering and accommodation) for taking part.

Following the Lab, people in this Strand will engage in a week-long Darkroom residency in autumn 2017 (dates TBC), which will take place in one of the  partner venues in Somerset or Surrey: The Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre in Taunton, Bridgwater Arts Centre and Camberley Theatre.

 

Strand 2: The Darkroom

The Darkroom is a development programme that China Plate has been running for theatre companies since 2004.

"The Darkroom offers the highest quality structured residential programme in British theatre. It has had a profound effect on a generation of theatremakers and their practice." David Micklem, Producer

The Darkroom will provide dedicated residential time to develop early stage ideas in one of the host venues, opportunities to talk to EY practitioners and artists experienced at touring into EY settings and to test ideas with under 5s and their families. With the support of the project partners participating artists should emerge from The Darkroom with a project and the partnerships to make a strong funding application/s.

The Darkroom will provide travel to and from the host venue, accommodation and per diems. In addition, there is a company fee of £1,000 to cover the time of two company members to prepare for and attend the residency. There is also a limited budget available to hire in technical equipment for the week and for the company to invite further individuals who they feel would be appropriate additions to this period of enquiry and play. These additional items / people must be agreed in consultation with The Darkroom project directors.

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