These residencies 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. Each of these residencies will end with a sharing – the scope of which can be determined with producing support. A budget of £20,000 to include lead artist fee (based on 6 weeks of their time), collaborator fees, project costs and materials. These residencies take place over at least a 6 month period and should take place between July 2022 – March 2023.

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

  • 4 Residencies Available
  • 6 Weeks of work (over a 6 month period to take place between July 2022 – March 2023)
  • Budget of £20,000

We will work with each artist to tailor their residency to what they need, want to explore and develop.

All residencies will also 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.


Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, our timeline for processing and selecting applications has been extended.

Develop applicants will now hear about their expression of interest at the end of May 2022. Applicants selected to apply for stage 2 of the process will still have 4 weeks to complete their final application. The outcome of the Develop Residencies Stage 2 will be communicated by end of July 2022.

Earliest start date for Develop Residencies will be August 2023. March 2023 remains the deadline by which residencies should be completed.

Application Process

Round 1 - Expression of interest

Round 2 - Shortlisted artists invited to submit application

Shortlisted artists will be supported in their round 2 application writing with a stipend of £130.00 and a 1 hour meeting with the artist development team

The panel is made up of National Theatre Scotland staff as well as paid freelance creatives. We will assess how you have answered the questions and use a scale to see how well evidenced your answers are. We will use a consensus decision making process where we will discuss and make the decisions together -rather than 1 person having final say on outcome. The panel are looking for two main things:

  • how your idea and project speaks to the programme priorities and if this is in an innovative or interesting way
  • how this residency will enable you to realise new ambitions for the project and your career going forward.

Expression of Interest Questions

See below the application questions that you will need to answer on Submittable for your expression of interest. Please note this is the first of two stages for this residency.

Tell us about you and how you make work?
(100 words) up to 1.5 minutes in video or audio

Tell us about the idea or project you want to develop?
(300 - 500 words) up to 5-8 minutes in video or audio

Tell us how your proposal speaks to one or any of our priorities?
(200 -400 words) up to 4 -6 minutes in video or audio

Where are you based in Scotland?
Up to 1 minute in video or audio

Please tick here if you are comfortable to let us know whether you 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
  • from marginalised genders including women, trans men, non binary, gender non-conforming, two-spirited, agender, genderfluid and intersex people
  • disabled, Deaf, neurodivergent, and/or from related experiences including chronic illness and mental ill-health
  • from a low-income household

We are prioritising applications from artists who have experienced exclusion and marginalisation.

If submitting video or audio you can say “Yes I identify as being from one or more of the groups listed” or “No I do not identify as being from one or more of the groups listed” or “I prefer not to say”

Supporting Material
Please attach up to 4 supporting materials, and your CV, if you have a website or social media platform you would like us to see please share below. Supporting Materials can include: link press, videos (no more than 5mins in total), photographs, extract of your writing?

Your contact details

  • Your Phone number
  • Your Email address
  • Your Preferred communication methods:

We will email all applicants with their outcome. Successful applicants will be contacted and invited to a meeting to discuss their project and any support needs further.

At this stage is there anything additional you would like us to know in terms of how to communicate with you and any needs we can support with? You can upload any access documentation (such as an access rider, access statement or Employment Support Plan) however you will have the opportunity to share this with us at a later date once selected in you would prefer.

Supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation