A more up to date version of this post can be found in the WalesLab group here.
So I've been here a few weeks now and have met some of you out and about, but wanted to update you on WalesLab, answer some of the questions that I'm being asked, and give a heads up about the first round of applications.
So what is WalesLab?
WalesLab is NTW's new artist development initiative, focused on emerging artists and practices.
What does it consist of?
There are three strands to WalesLab (which will have names but they aren't finalised yet)
Is there any money involved?
Yes. For strands 2 & 3 participants will receive a fee, accommodation, travel and a materials budget.
For strand 1 artists will be provided with accommodation, transport, materials and food.
What if I don't need accommodation, can I use the money you would have spent on costumes and set?
No. This isn't a production fund; it's a fund to support the development of theatre makers in Wales.
Do I have to be Welsh to apply?
No. To apply you need to live or work in Wales, be Welsh/from Wales, or have a demonstrable connection to Wales. On all three strands international participants will be accepted by invitation only.
What are you trying to do?
We want to encourage the idea that Wales is (y)our laboratory for making new and exciting performance. To inspire you with the landscape and make-up of Wales.
We want to help you to make the work your capable of.
We want to create a fertile landscape from which more projects or activity will spring.
What isn't it?
This isn't a commissioning strand for NTW's performance programme. Whilst we wouldn't rule out the possibility of a project developed through WalesLab going on to be NTW# this isn't the project’s primary purpose.
How do I apply?
We're aiming to open the first round of applications for strand 2 in the 1st week of August and applications will close on 31st August. This round of applications will be for four projects happening between October and January. The application process is being drawn up now and at the end of this post I'll explain how you can help shape this process.
The first pilot of strand 3 will take place in the autumn and will be for invited participants, following the pilot we'll open applications for the next round of strands 2 and 3 in November for projects taking place February to May 2012.
Strand 1 will take place next summer and we haven't decided on when the applications for that will open yet - but as you'll appreciate it's a way off.
Are my taxes paying for this?
The funding for WalesLab is from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, and is not coming from your taxes or the lottery. This is new money that we're bringing to Welsh theatre, and not something that's being diverted from another Welsh arts organisation.
Right that's most of the things I've been asked covered. If you want to ask anything else please comment below and I'll post the answer in this thread. If you'd rather ask something in confidence email me.
To make this process as friendly to you as possible we want your input into the application process - we want you to tell us what you do and don't want to do:
Do you like filling in forms?
Would you prefer to submit a video?
Is it ok for applications to be online - or do you prefer to send materials by post?
How would you feel if everyone else in the community were able to see and comment on your application?
Tell us what you think...
Also I'm looking for a small focus group to meet once and test /rip apart/ comment on the application process we design. If you'd be interested email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get back to you.
That's enough for now
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