Artist Development

Summerhall is delighted to have been awarded funding from Creative Scotland for a programme of artist development initiatives.

The programme comprises: two Labs, offering artists time, space and money to develop new work; two Scratch nights, offering artists the chance to try out an idea in front of an audience; four Space development weeks, offering artists in-kind space to develop new work; a Nothing Ever Happens Here… associate scheme for emerging bands and musicians; a residency for a visual artist and two Dissection songwriting workshops. The Lab strand is also supported by BBC Arts.

Applications for the spring artist development schemes have now closed – please check back later in the year for the Autumn schemes.

Current Projects

Summerhall Space - Spring 2019

Summerhall Space offers artists in-kind space at Summerhall to develop new work. This Spring we are supporting 3 groups of artists.

ChildMinder is a new piece of writing by Iain McClure about power, children’s mental health and the drugs we treat them with. Iain McClure is a playwright and a child psychiatrist whose work has been shown at The Arches, Traverse Theatre and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir is a director and artistic director of Brite Theatre, whose previous work includes Richard III (a one woman show) and the New Territories award winning Can This Be Home. The Summerhall Space week will give them time and space to explore the text and start building its visual and physical language.

Impossiballet will be a participatory choreographic project that invites audiences to create an ‘impossible’ dance film with the notion of ever-changing time, woven with elegantly slow motion and frantically fast movements. Mamoru will use the week to work with artists with choreographic backgrounds to experiment with movements that work both live and on video as well as to explore technical sides of the project. Mamoru Iriguchi is a performance maker and theatre designer. His work is known for its unique use of digital technology and surrealist humour, exploring 2D and 3D, liveness and prerecorded-ness, gender and sexuality.

Baby Steps is a new physical mask performance exploring two characters, caught between infancy, adolescence and adulthood, babies with a woman’s body and investigating growth, sexualisation and family dynamics. Jenny Lynn and Persefoni Gerangelou met on the Physical Theatre Practice Advanced Diploma at Summerhall in 2014. Since graduating they have worked and performed together within Ludens Ensemble, devising and performing productions and touring internationally. They will use the Summerhall Space opportunity to bring together scenes which they have already developed in preparation for the Summerhall Scratch performance in February and a performance at the SYN Festival in March.

Summerhall Lab - March 2019

Summerhall Lab offers a company or group of artists a supported mini-residency at Summerhall for 1 week to develop a new work.

Dýrafjörður is a multi-arts project exploring the connections between sound, the brain and the body. This project was first inspired by time spent in Dýrafjörður, the largest fjord in the Westfjords of Iceland. Summerhall Lab will enable SHHE to work with a sound designer, visual artist and lighting designer to develop the next stage of this project – the creation of a 45-minute audio-visual performance that will transport the audience on a visual and sonic journey through the landscapes of Dýrafjörður. The end objective is to create a live visceral experience; meditative, cathartic, immersive and unpredictable – feelings reflecting the effect of the landscape on people who visit it.

SHHE is the alias of Dundee-based artist, musician and producer, Su Shaw. Fusing electronic soundscapes with ethereal vocals, SHHE’s debut release, Eyes Shut, was premiered by Dazed and followed by performances at Neu! Reekie!, Hidden Door Festival and V&A Dundee 3D Festival. Under previous incarnations, SHHE has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe, receiving acclaim on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Scotland and KCSN.

Not even the end of the world will stop them from having their three pints on a Sunday. Three Pints on a Sunday is a new spoken word show from poets and performers Colin Bramwell and Hannah Lavery. The show is about an unlikely friendship between a forty-something mum and a single man in his late twenties, set against the backdrop of the impending climate apocalypse, in their recently abandoned local pub. The Summerhall Lab will enable Hannah and Colin to rehearse intensively, editing and developing the script as they go, to challenge their own thoughts about the show and to experiment with new ideas, working with a director in a week of intensive focus on the project.

Hannah Lavery is a poet, performer and playwright from Dunbar. She has had playwriting commissions from Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh University and was awarded a Tom McGrath Playwriting Small Grant in 2015 and a Megaphone Residency from The Workers’ Theatre in 2017. Her most recent spoken word show, The Drift, is touring as part of National Theatre of Scotland’s Season 2019. Colin Bramwell is a poet, musician and performer from the Black Isle. His most recent show, Umbrella Man will tour festivals and theatres in Australia, New Zealand and the UK in 2019. Colin is also musical director for Scotland’s two biggest improvised theatre groups, Men with Coconuts and Spontaneous Players.

Summerhall Scratch - 14th February

compère: Mamoru Iriguchi

artists: Sean Wai Keung, Róisin O’Brien, Beth Godfrey, Jenny Lynn & Persefoni Gerangelou

Summerhall Scratch is an evening of fresh new work across all genres. It brings together a group of exciting artists who’ve been working on ideas that they are now ready to share with an audience for the first time.

Tickets will be on sale soon via the Summerhall box office and website.

Credit: Tom Forster