Troop New Ideas Awards

Troop New Ideas Award 2019-20

The Troop New Ideas Award supports artists to develop new performance with the support of Cambridge Junction. This opportunity is only open to artists who are a member of TROOP, our network for performance makers based in Cambridge and the East of England.

Deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 10am on Wednesday 29 May.

About the Troop New Ideas Award
The Troop New Ideas Award offers two artists and / or companies an opportunity to develop new work. Each Award is made up of:

•    £1,000 seed funding.
•    1 week of residency space in our studio J3 (worth a further £1,470 inc VAT).
•    Advice and guidance from Cambridge Junction’s programming team.
•    Opportunity to present your work in our programme as appropriate.

If appropriate, we can help you to apply for further funding, eg. from Arts Council England’s Project Grants, using the benefits of the Award as match funding.

Proposals
Proposals must be for new ideas and new work – ie. work which has not yet been presented to the public as finished, and work that explores a new idea either in theme or form (or both). We will consider projects at the start of their development or projects which have already undergone early development and now need further support to make the work performance-ready.

Cambridge Junction is seeking proposals for work which:
•    Fits within the scope of contemporary theatre, performance and live art (including dance, circus, etc).
•    Sits comfortably in Cambridge Junction’s arts programme and has relevance for, and is accessible to, Cambridge Junction’s audiences, including family audiences.
•    Can be presented in J2 or J3 at Cambridge Junction and similar black-box / studio spaces or be publicly sited.

Cambridge Junction is committed to representing the diverse range of voices which make up the UK today. We welcome proposal from artists who are diverse and different, including those from culturally diverse backgrounds (Black and Minority Ethnic) and those who identify as disabled.

To apply:
You must complete the appropriate Expression Of Interest (EOI) form, and email your completed form to catherine.willmore@junction.co.uk by 10am on Wednesday 29 May 2019 with Your Name + Troop New Ideas Award EOI in the subject line.

DOWNLOAD THE EOI FORM HERE

About Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Junction is the arts centre where art meets life – a creative hub for people and ideas where audiences and artists explore, experience and are inspired by art, entertainment and learning.
We celebrate and nurture the intersection of the three strands of our programme:

•    Arts development and presentation, with a focus on contemporary theatre and dance;
•    Popular culture with a focus on live music, comedy and clubs; and
•    Creative learning and skills development in the arts, using the organisation as a site for learning.

Located, twenty minutes’ walk form the centre of the city, Cambridge Junction is the edgy urban arts centre where 100,000 people experience 350 events each year in our three spaces:

•    J1, a large versatile performance and social space with a standing capacity of 850;
•    J2, a 220 seat theatre; and
•    J3, a light-filled multipurpose space excellent for learning, rehearsal, residencies and talks.

About our Theatre Programme
During spring and autumn Cambridge Junction presents an arts programme which reflects the diverse experiences of the UK today and tells stories of the world relevant to the lives of our audiences. Our exploration of ‘art meets life’ provides an excellent framework for content which reflects both political concerns and the everyday.

Our programme features a balance of physical theatre, theatre, dance, live art, circus, and spoken word. We present a rounded programme of work by local, regional, national and international artists and companies. We are committed to Interdisciplinarity and champion works which interrogate artistic form including event culture, utilise new technologies in performance and explore new forms of audience engagement.

Our presentation programme is underpinned by our commitment to the professional development of artists. Supporting artists through residencies is key to our talent development strategy and each year we offer a minimum of 26 residency weeks in our venue to artists to try out new ideas, develop new work and prepare for presentation. Each year we present WATCH OUT a festival of new work supported by Cambridge Junction through residency or commission.

About Troop
Troop is the name of our network for artist members. To be a member you need to be based in Cambridge or the Eastern region and be involved in making contemporary theatre – we don’t expect you to be a full-time professional at it, just that you take it seriously and are committed to developing your practice. Troop members pay an annual subscription of £20, and in return receive a similar range of benefits to our other members (no booking fees, priority booking etc.) plus a special range of opportunities aimed at developing their artistic work in relationship with Cambridge Junction. These include scratch events and work in progress evenings, residencies, professional masterclasses and intensives, advice and expertise from our programming team, and most importantly, the opportunities offered by joining the growing network of artists based in and around Cambridge. An ever increasing number of Troop members are meeting at Troop events and going on to collaborate professionally - many have gained their first funding awards and professional presentations of their work as a result of joining Troop. Information on how to join can be found on our website here.
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Troop / Creative Arts East New Ideas Award 2019-20

The Troop / Creative Arts East New Ideas Award is a brand new award supporting artists based in the East of England to develop new performance suitable for rural touring, with the support of Cambridge Junction and Creative Arts East, the rural touring agency for East Anglia. This opportunity is only open to artists who are a member of TROOP, Cambridge Junction’s network for artists. Troop membership is open to performance makers (meaning all types of contemporary performance including dance, circus, live art) based in Cambridge and the East of England.

Deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 10am on Wednesday Wed 19th June.

About Rural Touring
Rural touring sees professional theatre, performance and cinema taking place within rural and isolated communities. Often members of the communities themselves are involved in selecting the work that comes to them, so work that is family-friendly, broadly accessible, or dealing with issues and stories these communities can relate to, is most likely to be suitable. The work needs to be small scale, with no more than 3 performers, and simply staged for venues such as village halls, community centres, or small rural arts centres. Every region of England has a rural touring agency which helps to develop and promote work for its circuits – Creative Arts East is the RTA for East Anglia.

About the Award
The Troop / Creative Arts East New Ideas Award offers one artists or company support to develop new work suitable for Cambridge Junction and Creative Arts East’s audiences.

The benefits awarded include:

•    £1,000 seed funding
•    One week of residency space in a rural touring venue such as a village hall or rural arts centre where you will have the opportunity to meet the programmers and local community, including the opportunity to show a work in progress to an invited audience.
•    Advice and guidance from Creative Arts East and Cambridge Junction’s producers.
•    If appropriate, the opportunity to present a new work in Cambridge Junction’s arts programme or Creative Arts East’s season.

Financial assistance from the Troop New Ideas Award can be included as cash match in an Arts Council Project Grant application, and the other benefits can be costed as inkind support.

Proposals
Proposals must be for new ideas and new work – ie. work which has not yet been presented to the public as finished. We will consider projects at the start of their development or projects which have already undergone early development and now need assistance to make the work performance-ready.

We are seeking proposals for work which:
•    Fits within the scope of contemporary theatre, performance, dance, circus or and live art.
•    Sit comfortably within Cambridge Junction and Creative Arts East’s programme and has relevance for their audiences, potentially including family audiences.

Cambridge Junction is committed to representing the diverse range of voices which make up the UK today. We welcome proposal from artists who are diverse and different, including those from culturally diverse backgrounds (Black and Minority Ethnic) and those who identify as disabled.

To apply:
You must complete the appropriate Expression Of Interest (EOI) form, and email your completed form to catherine.willmore@junction.co.uk by 10am on Wed 19th June with the subject Your Name + Troop / CAE New Ideas Award EOI

DOWNLOAD THE EOI FORM HERE

About Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Junction is the arts centre where art meets life – a creative hub for people and ideas where audiences and artists explore, experience and are inspired by art, entertainment and learning.
We celebrate and nurture the intersection of the three strands of our programme:

•    Arts development and presentation, with a focus on contemporary theatre and dance;
•    Popular culture with a focus on live music, comedy and clubs; and
•    Creative learning and skills development in the arts, using the organisation as a site for learning.

Located, twenty minutes’ walk form the centre of the city, Cambridge Junction is the edgy urban arts centre where 100,000 people experience 350 events each year in our three spaces:

•    J1, a large versatile performance and social space with a standing capacity of 850;
•    J2, a 220 seat theatre; and
•    J3, a light-filled multipurpose space excellent for learning, rehearsal, residencies and talks.

About our Theatre Programme
During spring and autumn Cambridge Junction presents an arts programme which reflects the diverse experiences of the UK today and tells stories of the world relevant to the lives of our audiences. Our exploration of ‘art meets life’ provides an excellent framework for content which reflects both political concerns and the everyday.  Our programme features a balance of physical theatre, theatre, dance, live art, circus, and spoken word. We present a rounded programme of work by local, regional, national and international artists and companies. We are committed to Interdisciplinarity and champion works which interrogate artistic form including event culture, utilise new technologies in performance and explore new forms of audience engagement.

Our presentation programme is underpinned by our commitment to the professional development of artists. Supporting artists through residencies is key to our talent development strategy and each year we offer a minimum of 26 residency weeks in our venue to artists to try out new ideas, develop new work and prepare for presentation. Each year we present WATCH OUT a festival of new work supported by Cambridge Junction through residency or commission.

About Troop
Troop is the name of our network for artist members. To be a member you need to be based in Cambridge or the Eastern region and be involved in making contemporary theatre – we don’t expect you to be a full-time professional at it, just that you take it seriously and are committed to developing your practice. Troop members pay an annual subscription of £20, and in return receive a similar range of benefits to our other members (no booking fees, priority booking etc.) plus a special range of opportunities aimed at developing their artistic work in relationship with Cambridge Junction. These include scratch events and work in progress evenings, residencies, professional masterclasses and intensives, advice and expertise from our programming team, and most importantly, the opportunities offered by joining the growing network of artists based in and around Cambridge. An ever increasing number of Troop members are meeting at Troop events and going on to collaborate professionally - many have gained their first funding awards and professional presentations of their work as a result of joining Troop. Information on how to join can be found on our website here

About Creative Arts East
Creative Arts East is an arts and community development charity which focuses on engaging those communities, or their members, who face geographical, physical or other barriers to participating in the cultural life of their area. We do this by facilitating and leading high quality, stimulating arts and cultural activities in rural and disadvantaged communities across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider eastern region. We achieve our mission by supporting and enabling rural residents to run professional live performance and cinema events for their surrounding communities, alongside a portfolio of innovative projects which support education, health and wellbeing and skills development.