This year and throughout 2022 till March 2023 we will support 12 Artists Residencies. These are to develop an idea and project, with support of a dedicated budget, studio space and equipment, access to technical advice and expertise.

Discover residencies

8 artists will be awarded £5,000 and each have up to 2 weeks studio time (within a two month period) with a focus on research and development, discovering and diving into an idea and new project.

Develop residencies

4 artists will be awarded £20,000 and each have up to 6 weeks studio time (days within a 6 month period) with a focus on developing an idea into a first draft stage.

Read on for more detail to help you decide which residency is best for you.

Application Deadlines

Application window is now closed.

Alternative Formats

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British Sign Language versions can be found here.

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About the Programme

“When theatres shut their doors in March 2020, we paused our programme of regular paid artist opportunities in the hope that lock-down would last a few months at most. Instead, the ongoing impact of the pandemic has led us to radically rethink how to evolve in response to increased inequities in our industry. After a thorough examination of everything we have learned from three years of Engine Room activity, and consultation with a range of freelancers across art forms, roles and backgrounds, we have co-designed a new model of open opportunities that places long term relationship building with artists who have not yet had a platform at National Theatre of Scotland at its heart. Through the offer of greater financial resource and longer term, embedded residencies with the Company, we wish to nurture new voices and projects that will impact our future programmes and diversifty the Scottish Theatre and Performance landscape.”

Jackie Wylie, Artistic Director

Building upon our previous Engine Room Starter programme, through these residencies we hope to build and deepen relationships with artists. We also will explore which projects may be further developed with us in future. For these residencies, we are looking for artists who can speak to a number of our programme priorities in innovative and interesting ways. These programme priorities are across theme, form and experience. These are:

Values/ themes:

  • Work that explores climate justice (such as climate change, natural environment, sustainability, conservation, communities on frontline/ being hit hardest with extreme changes in environment)
  • Work that is joyful and uplifting for audiences (expressing, or causing great pleasure and happiness)


  • work that can tour to rural and remote village hall locations across the whole of Scotland
  • work that is made with and/or explores new technologies

Background/ Lived Experience:

  • Work by artists with heritage from the South Asian Diaspora
  • Work by artists who are disabled, Deaf, neurodivergent, and other related experiences including chronic illness and mental ill health


This programme is for:

  • Artists from any art form who want to make a new piece of work that is a live performance, or digital/online work, or could also be a hybrid.
  • Artists who have professional experience (we encourage applications from those who are early career in the industry as well as in a new creative role)
  • Artists whose idea and project speaks to at least one of our programme priorities listed above
  • Artists who are based and working in Scotland
  • Artists who are 18+ years old

We actively welcome applications from creatives who haven’t worked with us before.

In recognising the many barriers in the industry, to reduce further marginalisation and exclusion, and to build an artistic programme that reflects the diversity of Scotland, we are prioritising applications from artists:

  • who are Black, Brown, People of Colour, from the African Diaspora, Caribbean Diaspora, East Asian Diaspora, South East Asian diaspora, South Asian diaspora, West Asian and Middle East Diaspora, Latinx, Indigenous people, bi-racial / multiple heritage
  • who are from marginalised genders, including women, trans men, non-binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirited, agender, gender fluid people. As well as people from marginalised sexes and sexualities; including intersex people, and any other members of the LGBTQIA+ community
  • who are disabled, Deaf, neurodivergent, and/or from related experiences including chronic illness and mental ill-health
  • who are from a low-income household

We welcome applications from artists who are based outside of Scotland’s central belt, who are speakers/users of Scotland’s minoritized languages, as well as artists who are from communities which have been historically ostracised due to their culture and ethnicity

We would be unlikely to select an artist:

  • who has been a lead artist (such as playwright, director) on a National Theatre of Scotland main stage production
  • who is in full time education
  • who has had more than 3 works which have been commissioned and fully funded – by a venue or company from its initial development stage to professional produced production presented at on a main stage scale.

Got a question on eligibility? Please contact us via artistresidency@nationaltheatrescotland.com

Types of Residencies

There are two kinds of residencies available to apply for.

Discover: Should have a focus on discovering, doing research and initial development of an idea or new project. Apply to this is if you are looking for a residency which helps you to explore your artistry, ideas and process of making work. This could be for doing some research into a new work, developing those initial ideas on your own/ with collaborators, this could be about using the time to develop your practice.

Develop: Should have a focus on development of an idea and project. This is for an individual artist, a collective of artists, or a company to have dedicated space and budget to develop an idea or project to a first draft stage. Apply to this if you are looking to develop your idea for a new work with dedicated resource, research and development time. This could be for developing your project to a point where you could share it with programmers, promoters, or producers. This could also be about testing out ideas and processes which need to be explored before the work is ready for rehearsals and production stage.

All Residencies: We will work with each artist to tailor their residency to what they need, want to explore and develop. During 2022 – 23, there will be moments for artists to connect with each other out with their 2 or 6 week studio time. All residencies will have:

  • Access to rehearsal space – at Rockvilla in Glasgow, or similar local space to the artist(s)
  • 1-2-1s to focus on next steps for development of the work (including producing and dramaturgical support)
  • Technical support
  • Bespoke opportunities like process pop ins to rehearsals of productions
  • Sessions with National Theatre Scotland staff team (which could cover marketing and press, fundraising, touring, engagement)
  • Meeting with us at the end of the residency to explore what the next steps of the work could be
  • Support of a separate budget specifically for individual access needs. 1-2-1 sessions can be used to support creation of an artist’s access rider – a document which can then be shared with future collaborators.

Download Artist Residency Questions

Find out more and apply at the links below:

Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation