Engine Room: Sustaining A Career In The Arts

Engine Room in partnership with Luminate, and supported by Horsecross Arts.

How can artists sustain a career and continue to develop their practice when they are no longer emerging? And how do artists coming to the industry later in life get a foot in the door?

In this session, Nicholas Bone – Magnetic North Artistic Director, will lead a discussion looking at how artists can sustain and develop their career in an industry obsessed with newness, with a specific focus on the effect on older artists, when “newness” and “youth” are conflated.


Speakers will include:

Lesley Wilson

Lesley is a playwright who lives in Perthshire is Associate Playwright with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, Writer in residence at Rivendell Care Home and was an Associate Artist at Perth Theatre during 2018/19. Her work includes WIRED, In Her Own Words, A Woman A Crow A Giant and A Field and The Land that Forgot.

Lesley is currently working with Playwrights’ Studio Scotland, Perth Theatre, Birnam Arts and Pitlochry Festival Theatre to develop play writing and opportunities for new playwrights across Perth and Kinross.

More speakers to be confirmed.


This event is part of Engine Room: Sustaining.



Our Engine Room programme has our Theatre Without Walls ethos at its heart. We bring artists together to develop skills, networks and create new work at the greatest reach of their imaginations and ambitions.

From October to December, Engine Room’s will focus on forms of sustenance: how to sustain a career, thinking about needs for sustainable working and literal sustenance – food; as part of Engine Room: Sustaining.

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