Applications now closed. Further opportunities will be available in 2021.

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Artist Development at Summerhall 2020-21

We have re-imagined Summerhall’s artist development programme in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated public health restrictions.

This iteration of the programme comprises three Labs, offering artists time, space and money to develop new work, and six Space development weeks, offering artists in-kind space to develop new work.  The programme is supported by Creative Scotland and BBC Arts.


Our principles for the 2020-21 programme are:
  • Localism & Sustainability
  • Equality & Diversity
  • New work for a new reality


Autumn 2020 Artist Development Recipients

We’re excited to announce the recipients of our Autumn 2020 Summerhall Space and Summerhall Lab artist development programmes.


Summerhall Space:

  • James Ley: Ode to Joy (How Gordon Got to Go to the Nasty Pig Party)
    • A funny, new, LGBTQ rites-of-back-passage play, James’ show explore themes of queer loneliness, sexual liberation, personal and national boundaries, friendship, and Europe.
  • Untie My Tongue: Wooded
    • Untie My Tongue are an emerging female-led collective based in Edinburgh. Written during lockdown, Wooded is a storytelling, music and movement piece.


Summerhall Lab:

  • Ciara Elizabeth Smyth/Oisin Kearney: Come Closer
    • Come Closer will be a hybrid show, blending live performance and binaural 3D audio, set in Scotland in 2046 as rising sea levels force the population inland. The two artists behind the show have previously been part of Summerhall Fringe hits Everything Not Saved and My Left Nut.
  • Tony Mills (Room to Manoeuvre: City Breakz
    • A new outdoor pop-up hip-hop performance piece, City Breakz is being created in collaboration with musician/sound artist Dave House. It will explore how art finds its place in a changing city landscape.


Further opportunities will be available in 2021. Please keep an eye on our website and social media pages for updates.

Current Projects

Credit: Tom Forster