Resident Artist Scheme 2021-22

    Resident Artists Scheme 2021-22

    *Applications for the 2021/22 Resident Artists  Scheme have now closed*

    We are very excited to announce our new Resident Artists Scheme at Tobacco Factory Theatres. We are looking for four freelance theatre makers to join us as Resident Artists and start a 10 month-long collaboration with us.


    The last 18 months have spurred us into a process of interrogation and reimagining. We are determined and excited to build on our artistic and engagement programmes, improving their impact, relevance, accessibility and quality. We want to support the resurgence and strengthening of a vibrant and inclusive cultural scene for Bristol and help change the face and functioning of the theatre industry.

    As we emerge from the challenges of 2020 and 2021, we’ve identified creativity, solidarity, empathy and joy as values that we want to place at the heart of our work. These values offer the potential to transform our lives, prospects, communities and environments.

    We want to embody these values through activities that are relevant and accessible to all and create an atmosphere which underpins this. To achieve this we will create and present theatre which:

    – unites and transports people
    – nurtures relationships and skills
    – explores stories from a global perspective
    – represents and includes all members of our community

    We hope to work with and learn from inspirational people who share similar beliefs and goals – and this is where our Artists Programme comes in.

    Through varied schemes and opportunities, we will welcome freelance and independent artists more deeply into the heart of our organisation than before, supporting their practice and benefitting from their scrutiny and ideas.


    We are now looking for four freelance theatre makers to join Tobacco Factory Theatres as Resident Artists, for a 10 month-long collaboration starting in October 2021.

    Through this collaboration, our aim is that both the artists and our organisation will learn, imagine and change in ways we couldn’t have done otherwise.

    Each Resident Artist will receive:

    – £2500 towards a project or their ongoing artistic development
    – At least one uninterrupted week of studio time (if required) and first priority in accessing other shorter studio slots
    – A chance to scratch or perform their work in front of an audience (if desired)
    – Regular access to our office and wider building for their ongoing work
    – Priority access to available time slots in our meeting spaces
    – The opportunity to shadow Tobacco Factory Theatres’ team members and learn from all areas of the work we do
    – Tailored, supportive mentoring from at least one of our Arts Team directors
    – Complimentary tickets to all theatre shows presented at TFT
    – Expenses-paid opportunities to see shows elsewhere and contribute to our programming process
    – Complimentary access to all Artist Masterclasses

    Each artist will offer:

    – Feedback, ideas, scrutiny and questions regarding the programme, planning and organisational development at Tobacco Factory Theatres
    – Attendance at away days, press nights, fundraisers and other organisational events
    – A workshop or event, sharing your practice with our young people’s or community theatre groups and another session with our staff team


    – Artists for whom performing arts is their primary discipline
    – Artists who want to make a difference to Bristol’s communities and cultural life
    – Artists whose values connect with ours (see above)
    – Artists with at least 3 years of professional experience in their field
    – Artists who haven’t benefited significantly from similar opportunities previously / elsewhere
    – Artists residing in Bristol and surrounding areas (i.e. 30 mile radius & able to travel to our building regularly)
    – Artists with an interest in provoking, questioning and challenging the theatre industry (and a venue like ours!)

    We welcome applications from artists of all backgrounds. A particular priority for us this year is to collaborate with artists whose identities have been traditionally under-represented in theatre. To this end, we will guarantee interviews for artists who meet all the above criteria and identify as: Global Majority artists, artists who identify as d/Deaf, artists who identify as disabled and artists who identify as working class or Benefit class.

    Applications for the 2021/22 Resident Artists Scheme have now closed. We look forward to giving updates on the scheme and our four Resident Artists for 2021/22 in due course.

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