Artist Residencies

Troop Residencies
Autumn 2017
Callout & Application Guidelines

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Residencies are offered as part of Cambridge Junction’s artist development scheme Troop (alongside our curated residency programme) for artists and companies living and working in Cambridge and the East of England

The deadline for applications in this round is 10am on Wednesday 7th June

About Cambridge Junction
Cambridge Junction is the arts centre in Cambridge where art meets life. At Cambridge Junction audiences and artists experience and explore contemporary performance, popular culture, creative learning and the rich territories in between. We are committed to art and entertainment that is up-and-coming, youthful and cutting edge. We seek to be relevant and meaningful to the lives of audiences, and informed by our location.

About Troop
Troop is our artist development network for Cambridge & East region theatre makers and performers, working in any contemporary discipline. You don’t need to be professional, we just ask that you’re taking what you’re doing seriously. More information can be found on our Troop page.

What can a residency offer?
Cambridge Junction invites applications from artists and producers from any performance discipline (theatre, dance, circus, cabaret, spoken word, live art, physical theatre, etc) who would benefit from spending some time ‘in residence’ at the Cambridge Junction between September and December 2017 developing new work.

We can offer:

  • Space in our studio J3 or other spaces (details below)
  • Office and meeting room space to write  / research / organise
  • Creative feedback & practical advice from the programming team
  • Assistance in writing a Grants for the Arts application
  • Signposting & introductions to partner organisations in the East / South East and beyond
  • Technical advice (by prior arrangement)
  • Informal showings of work in progress as part of your residency (we can invite other Troop members and Junction staff to provide you with a small audience)

Our spaces:

  • Our studio theatre J3 has a sprung floor, blackout curtains, and flexible seating
  • The chillout bar above J1 (our main gig space) can also be used. Slightly smaller than the studio but big enough for a small group to rehearse
  • The Hub seats approx. 8 people at a round table in a quiet, private room.
  • The Board Room seats up to 12 people and has a whiteboard. Less private than the Hub as the doors are glass.
  • There is also an empty office with 2 desks next to the main office (the Old Directors’ Office) which is quite private.

Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) from 10am until 6pm (5.45pm on Mondays) the following weeks:

  • 4th – 8th Sept (excluding Wed 6th)
  • 11th – 15th Sept
  • 18th – 22nd Sept (excluding Thursday 21st)
  • 4th – 8th Dec (excluding Thurs 7th)
  • 11th – 15th Dec
  • 18th – 22nd Dec

J1 Bar
The Hub
The Boardroom
Old Directors’ Office   
Bookable on an ad hoc basis Monday to Friday 10am until 6pm – ask us about availability.
NB. The J1 bar can be noisy some afternoons due to soundchecks.

Details of spaces including dimensions, specifications etc. can be found on our 'Hires'
If you would like a tour of the spaces please contact us.

Who can apply?

  • Artists & producers whose practice sits within the contemporary performing arts (theatre, dance, circus, cabaret, spoken word, live art, physical theatre, etc) and who have some track record of producing and showing work in a professional context.
  • You must be a member of Troop which means you must live or work in Cambridge or the East of England and have completed the Troop application process (including paying the subscription fee).

It is useful (but not essential) to secure additional support before applying. If you have established contacts in organisations and companies in the East or South East (or elsewhere), see if they are interested in providing some support in-kind such as mentoring, studio space, cash or advice. Details of these discussions can be included in the initial application.

Applying for Funding
For some successful applicants, depending on the level of development of your project and other support you have in place, it might be appropriate to apply for funding from Grants for the Arts to support your residency. However, you should note that this is subject to a competitive application process and is not guaranteed to succeed (and there are exemptions such as full-time students – check the guidance for details). Applications for £15K and under take six weeks to reach decision, so you should build this into your timescale as well as the time to write the application. The support we offer as part of the residency counts as support inkind towards the match funding needed to make a successful G4A application. We can offer help with submitting an application as part of your support package, and may in certain cases offer some cash match funding.

How to Apply for a Residency

  • Send an email with the following information:
  • Your name, email address and mobile number
  • Company name (if applicable)
  • Summary of your artistic background, work and achievements to date (150 words max)
  • Details of your proposed residency: What will you be working on? What do you want to achieve? Who will you be working with? Who is the intended eventual audience? (250 words max)
  • What support do you need? Space, time, feedback, etc.
  • Up to 3 weeks (from the dates above) you wish to undertake a residency.
  • Supporting material: Links to video material (if the work is longer than 5 minutes please indicate which 5 minutes we should watch), photographs, reviews, scripts etc. as appropriate to illustrate your work to date and the work you wish to undertake.
  • Please write ‘Residency Application + your name’ in the subject box

Completed applications should be sent to
Application Deadline: Wednesday 7th June (10am)

Application assessment

  • Initial assessment of applications will be made based on the following criteria in order to ensure all selected artists, companies and producers achieve a quality threshold:
  • Track record to date
  • Potential and need for development
  • Originality of idea
  • Realism of initial proposal
  • Potential ‘fit’ with Cambridge Junction’s programme should we choose to develop the work in the longer term

Further information
Any questions please contact Catherine Willmore, Artist Development Producer (works Wednesdays and Thursdays)
01223 403474