axis Play:Ground 2022: Applications Now Closed

By axisdirector
Tuesday, 12th April 2022
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Our 2022 Axis Play: Ground residency aims to create opportunities for artists with disabilities/disabled artists to develop their creative practice and explore new ideas through:

● financial support

● development space

● dramaturgical guidance

● engagement with fellow artists

● artist led sessions to support sustainability in practice

Copy of axis Assemble BURSARY

Since 2004, Axis has worked to develop and produce new writing (and theatre making) locally, nationally and internationally, while also facilitating the growth of hundreds of artists through our many programmes and initiatives. We’re proud to be a cultural hub on the Northside of Dublin, where artists and the public gather to encounter new work and new ideas.

The Axis Playground residency offers artists the chance to make time for their work, to get feedback, to access the facilities of the building, and to build their professional network. It is an investment in process. Bursaries cannot be used to fund training, accommodation, equipment purchase, or productions.

What you get:

● Bursary funding of €5000.

● Access budget of up to €1000.

● Up to €2000 worth of support in kind as follows:

➢ Dramaturgical support and feedback with the Axis Pop Up Lit Department (via lead artist Aoife Spillane-Hinks) subject to an agreed number of sessions.

➢ Engagement with the Axis Green Arts Department (via lead artist Maeve Stone) subject to an agreed number of sessions. This includes artist support sessions in considering how their practice might evolve to become more sustainable and adaptive.

➢ Development time in Axis studio spaces and/or Theatre (subject to availability and restrictions) if desired. A remote or hybrid residency is possible for artists who would prefer this option.

➢ A brief headshot session in Axis with photographer Babs Daly (Axis will cover this cost) if desired.

➢ Individual membership of Theatre Forum for one year (Axis will cover this cost).

➢ The opportunity to showcase your work if you wish (this showcase may be digital or in person and combined with other showcasing artists, depending on availability and government guidelines)

➢ Rehearsal space (up to an agreed amount) if required

➢ Hot desk space (subject to availability and restrictions) if required

➢ Advice from Axis production, sales and tech team if required.

➢ Technical support for showcasing where feasible

➢ The opportunity to attend a session with Axis’ Pop Up Green lead Artist Maeve Stone re self-scanning your practice with a view to making it more sustainable or adapting its climate impact.

➢ Invites to Axis and other productions, artist gatherings, networking opportunities. Axis Playground is for artists based in Ireland who identify as disabled/having a disability and who have at least some professional experience or training, but their work need not necessarily have been professionally produced by an arts organisation. While the programme is primarily focused on performing arts disciplines, there may be scope to support artists who wish to engage with other art forms. Should you wish to nominate someone to draft your application with or for you, please note the application should be in your name. Please tell us also who drafted it with or for you.

We especially welcome applications from artists whose identity intersects with the following areas:

● Artists from communities who are underrepresented in Irish arts, or who face barriers to accessing opportunities to develop their practice and work, such as (but not limited to) people who identify as Black, Brown, Asian, Latinx, Minority Ethnic or identify with multiple ethnicities, people who identify as LGBTQIA+, as having a disability/being disabled, members of Mincéir/Traveller and Roma Communities, and any intersection of these or other identities.

● Parenting artists who may require a more flexible support structure.

➢ This may be spread out over a longer period of time or concentrated into a short intensive period depending on your needs. We understand that your schedule may be subject to change at short notice and we’ll accommodate this with as much adaptability as possible.

➢ While we regret that we cannot provide childcare, we do welcome parenting artists who may wish to bring their children to a workshop or development space/session with them. There is no age limit restriction on the age of the child/ren. Axis has child protection policies and procedures in place.

● Artists who work in/with languages other than English.

➢ Should you wish to nominate someone to draft your application with or for you, please note the application should be in your name. Please tell us also who drafted it with or for you. Please let us know how best to communicate with you in relation to your application. Our aim is to support artists in the best way we can within our resources to develop themselves and their practice. If we haven’t listed an accommodation or support here that would help remove barriers to your application, please do let us know. We will do our best to see how we can accommodate you.

What can you do on the Axis Playground residency? Some suggestions...

● write a new play

● devise a new piece of work (solo/ with a collaborator/ with an ensemble)

● choreograph a new dance piece

● explore a new idea

● develop your artistic practice

● present work in progress

● seek advice or mentorship about elements of your practice that you find challenging

● build supportive relationships with the other participants

How to apply:

Please send the following items, either as a written document or a video or audio file (maximum five minutes via google drive or wetransfer if possible) to on or before 6pm on Thursday the 28th of April:

➢ An outline of your idea: what are you looking to develop and why?

➢ An outline of what you would use the time and bursary for

➢ An initial budget - this doesn’t need to be too detailed, but please provide us with a basic breakdown of how you propose to pay yourself and (where applicable) your collaborators.

➢ An outline of why you particularly want to come and work in/with Axis.

➢ Sample of the work, or sample of previous work.

➢ An indication of your access requirements (if any) and how we can assist with these.

➢ If you need assistance in drafting your application, please let us know.

Please note…

➢ Applicants must be over 18 in April 2022.

➢ Applicants may be shortlisted for an interview.

➢ Axis will not be able to provide feedback on unsuccessful applicants.

➢ We may also offer non funded support to unsuccessful applicants.

➢ Please note that travel for yourself and/or a carer/personal assistant can be covered under this access budget. For more info on Axis’ accessibility, please click here.

➢ In line with our efforts to improve equality and diversity in Axis, if you would like to identify as an artist from an underrepresented community, please let us know in your application. This is not essential or expected. It would help us to understand more about the artists and people we are engaging with. This information has no bearing on your application assessment, it is purely for internal reporting and analysis. Information collected will only be used in an anonymised fashion. In line with GDPR regulations, your information will not be shared with any third parties.

➢ Should you wish to nominate someone to draft your application with or for you, please note that the application should be in your name. Please tell us also who drafted it with or for you.

Have a question? Need help? Email to ask your question or request a call back. If email is tricky, please phone 01 883 2148 (please note that this phone number isn’t monitored constantly so you may need to leave a message with your name and number and we’ll call you back).

Axis Playground is supported by The Arts Council