Engine Room 2020 - Artist Development Programme

A nation-wide, year-long programme of unique artist, sector and art-form development opportunities.

Engine Room is the National Theatre of Scotland’s artist development programme. The Engine Room programme comprises of a series of workshops, events and gatherings for Scottish artists across the country. Engine Room also proposes regular open calls for Starter, eight funded research and development opportunities, and presents Just Start Hereour annual cross-art-form festival of new works-in-progress.

Throughout the course of 2020 Engine Room will partner with venues and organisations across the country, and will continue to work in partnership with //BUZZCUT// to expand and develop live art networks outside of the central belt. Engine Room will offer open call, paid research and development residencies for creatives including artists of colour, d/Deaf artists, artists based in Ayrshire, artists with experimental practice working in remote rural locations (in partnership with //BUZZCUT//), artists interested in making work about climate crisis and playwright, as part of the Starter programme.




Engine Room is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

What’s On:

Further sessions and opportunities will be announced later in 2020.

Just Start Here 2020

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Engine Room: Guest Room 2020

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Engine Room: Communal Work Days

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Engine Room: Process Pop In - Ferry Tales

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Engine Room: Assembly - Ferry Tales & Site-Specific Work

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Engine Room: Ideas and Career Surgeries

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Engine Room: Artist Survival Kit

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Starter 2020: Artist Residencies

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Coming Soon:

Artists! Organise!
Two open call opportunities called Artists! Organise! for artists to gather as communities, with a budget of £500 and inkind support, to talk and learn about the things they think are most important right now.

Artists Survival Kit
A session in partnership with Workers Theatre as part of their February festival Something Has To Happen, a facilitated space for finding solidarity in the struggle and sharing tools for survival as an artist under capitalism led by Julia Taudevin.

A performative installation and series of gatherings led by Nazli Tabatabai-Khatambakhsh inviting artists and cultural workers to map their journeys in the sector and reflect on the complexity of borders and barriers navigated, experimented with, drawn and erased.

A coming together to connect with and rediscover the joy of art-making, the first iteration of which will be led by Laurie Brown and Geraldine Heaney and will invite artists to share what excites them about art and use the resources of Rockvilla to make something together in a day.

Artist Development

Discovering and supporting new and emerging artists is what keeps our theatre alive. We have a range of Artist Development opportunities available at the National Theatre of Scotland, including Starter, Engine Room, and Script Reading Programme, learn more here.

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