Summerhall Space


Summerhall Space offers artists in-kind space to develop new work.
In the latest round of Summerhall Space we offered three Space development weeks at Summerhall to be used before the end of February 2022.

Applications were welcome from any artist, company or group of artists basing their practice in Scotland who would benefit from a week’s free rehearsal space and who do not receive regular funding support.  We made a commitment to offer at least one week to an artist of colour and one to a d/Deaf or disabled artist.

How to apply

Applications are now closed. 

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Debbie Cannon

Debbie Cannon is an award-winning actor and writer from Edinburgh. She has written, produced and performed two one woman shows, Green Knight and The Remarkable Deliverances of Alice Thornton, both of which give a voice to the stories of overlooked historical women. Both shows should begin touring again in 2022. She also writes poetry and children’s fiction, and has worked with science-fiction collective Shoreline of Infinity, adapting and performing audio dramas for their podcast. She is looking forward to using the time at Summerhall to begin development on a new solo script about OCD and parenting.

Sarah Calmus

Sarah Calmus is an interdisciplinary artist, programmer, creative director, arts advocate and creator of large-scale immersive installations and provocations, working across a multitude of mediums from glass and light, social intervention, moving image and sound. Interested in building spaces to connect and reflect, her practice is intentionally interdisciplinary and participatory, viewed as a series of experiments underpinned with explorations into interaction.

Building on Connected Innovators funding from Creative Informatics and Creative Edinburgh (2020), Calmus is exploring new interactive sound and light works that feature performance.

Calmus has been nominated for the STV Digital Spark Award (2015), received VACMA funding from Creative Scotland & City of Edinburgh Council (2018), granted Connected Innovators funding from Creative Informatics and Creative Edinburgh (2020), and was nominated to be the President of Visual Arts Scotland (2020-2023). In 2021, Calmus was shortlisted for The Leadership Award, through the Creative Edinburgh Awards.

Jack Webb

Jack Webb will be working on some choreographic elements of a new work Sense of Centre.

Through dance, choreography, objects, film and projection, Sense of Centre explores our primal longing and need for home, our increasing sense of loneliness and isolation and the longing for connection to others by imagining how the body can be a home and a vehicle to remedy and explore these subjects.Sense of Centre is a moving and powerful return to the simplicity of nature, the moving body and the importance. It is a journey back to the reliability and simplicity of the body. To our centre of gravity. To ourselves. To home.

Photo credit – Amy Sinead Photography

Lubna Kerr - Bella and Max

he mother/son relationship is often seen as one of the “favourite” especially when there is only one son. However, what happens when the mother bullies him. What impact does this have on that boy, how does he thrive and what sort of man does he grow up to be? How does his relationship with women develop as he gets older? Does he attract bullies or is he the bully?

Lubna Kerr has written the first short version of the play Bella and Max and it needs to be directed and heard. Being part of Summerhall Space will allow her to develop the piece further.

View all past recipients of Summerhall’s Artist Development Programmes.


ChildMinder (Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir and Iain McClure) – Summerhall Space 2019 recipient