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Buxton Museum seeking artists and writers for commission (paid)

Buxton Museum has been open to visitors for 125 years. In that time it has told the story of the Peak District to thousands of people.

To celebrate, and as a result of a successful Arts Council application they are looking to commission four emerging, contemporary artists, writers or performers to make new work using digital technology to connect their collection with its roots in the Peak District landscape.

Each commission is worth £5000 with extra to digitize your work.

“We are looking for artists who can demonstrate a good track record of using digital technology to engage audiences. We want the work you make to exist in the Peak District landscape on a temporary basis and online, accessible via our digital platform

You will make a new piece of work. You will be supported by our staff and volunteers and you will help us shape an artist-run engagement program filling the museum with the sound of young performers. Together, we will engage 125,000 people from across the UK, 75% of whom will be new to the museum.”

How to apply: For full brief and details of how to apply please contact

Deadline: 28 May 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs

University of Worcester seeking playwright for commission (paid)

The University of Worcester (UW) Theatre and Film Department, is looking for an inspiring playwright or playwrights to collaborate with our MTheatre students on the creation of two new plays to be performed at the Edinburgh Festival in 2019.

MTheatre in Touring Theatre is The University of Worcester’s unique 4 year Integrated Masters in Touring Theatre (MTheatre Touring Theatre) aims to give students the skills and experience they need to establish themselves as independent makers of touring theatre.

The Project : In 2019, the MTheatre students will be heading to the Edinburgh Fringe to perform two new plays approximately 45 minutes in length in repetition, for the duration of the Festival. This production forms a core part of their third and fourth year studies and they are looking for experienced playwrights to collaborate with the students on the creation of those plays. Further information on the requirements are available on the website.

Payment: The maximum budget available for each LOT (commission) is £3,000. This is inclusive of all drafting, workshop and rehearsal attendance plus any associated travel and accommodation costs. The exception to this  is for of visits to the University agreed within the Production Schedule (see Terms & Conditions), when travel expenses will be paid at the standard University rate.

Writers may apply for either or both of these opportunities. If you have a preference please indicate this in your application. They are looking for emerging talent playwrights who have had at least one full-length play professionally produced. They are particularly interested in writers who may have similar experience of creating work in a university or drama school context, through collaborative processes.

How to apply: The University of Worcester uses an e-tendering system and tenderers should respond to the  brief and submit their proposal in English using the University’s In-Tend portal.

If you experience any technical difficulties please contact the Purchasing team on 01905 542896 or on

For questions about the creative aspects of the commission, please email Jane George .

Deadline: 23 May 2018

Source: Arts Council Jobs

Writing West Midlands seeking workshop leaders (paid and volunteer positions available)

Writing West Midlands have vacancies for workshop leaders and assistants for their Spark Young Writers project. The vacancies span across the region, including Birmingham, Worcester, Evesham, Coventry and Stoke on Trent

Writing West Midlands runs the largest programme of creative writing activities for young people in the country.

They have two roles available:

Creative Writing Workshop Leader: 

They are looking for established writers to help inspire the next generation of creative writers. You will lead one of their Spark Young Writers groups for 10 monthly sessions (2 hours per session), with the help of a volunteer Assistant Writer. Their groups are limited to 15 participants in libraries, museums and art galleries around the West Midlands. Their groups are for young people between the ages of 7 – 11, 10 – 15 and 12 – 17.

Fee: £105 per session, plus reasonable travel expenses.

Creative Writing Workshop Assistant: 

They are looking for emerging writers to help inspire the next generation of creative writers. You will help lead one of their Spark Young Writers groups for 10 monthly sessions (2 hours per session), under the guidance of a professional writer.

Fee: This post is unpaid but they will pay reasonable travel expenses

Details for applicants: 

Interview dates: 10th and 11th May.

Compulsory training session: Saturday 21st July.

How to apply:  Complete the online application form and upload a CV to demonstrate your suitability for the post. Full details available on the website.

Deadline: None posted but interviews take place on 10/11 May 2018

Source: @PlaywritingUK

The Dot Collective seeking playwrights for community collaboration One Hundred Trillion (paid)

The Dot Collective is a professional theatre company and registered charity that creates and provides professional theatre to those living with dementia, the elderly and those in care.

They are developing new plays in collaboration with dementia groups in South London for 2018. The project is called One Hundred Trillion based on the fact that there are 100 trillion synapses in the brain and signals that form memories and thoughts move through an individual nerve cell as a tiny electrical charge and the nerve cells connect to one another at synapses. In a similar way to how the brain functions, this project will provide those signals through theatrical workshops with those living in care and connect those living with dementia to the arts.

The project will create new, short plays in collaboration with those living with dementia. They are looking for 4 playwrights to join their team in May/June 2018. Their team will consist of a Director, workshop leader, actor and playwright who will be running storytelling, creative writing and theatrical workshops with dementia groups. They will assign a playwright to a dementia group and over 4 weeks together will develop 4 new short plays to be published and performed. Playwrights will be remunerated for their time in the workshops.

What to submit / how to apply:  To apply, please contact with the following guidelines:

  • a short cover letter explaining why you wish to work with those living with dementia/the elderly and any similar experience you have.
  • a short play or extract of your work (no more than 10mins)
  • Must be a UK resident
  • Must be available in May/June

Fees:  Playwrights will be paid a fee of £30/workshop session and £300 for development of the short play.

Deadline: 15th April 2018

Source:  BBC Writersroom

Gladstone’s Library seeking Writers in Residence (covers expenses and £100/wk honorarium)

Now seeking applicants for its seventh year, Gladstone’s Library’s competitive Writer in Residence programme provides space and resources for four writers whose work engages with liberal values. By liberal values, we do not mean views aligned with any one political ideology, but rather:

  • a commitment to freedom and social justice;
  • tolerance and respect of difference;
  • open-mindedness coupled with intellectual curiosity;
  • generosity of spirit and a willingness to learn from others.

About the library:  Founded by William Ewart Gladstone in 1894, the Library is committed to maintaining his legacy of engagement with social, moral and ethical questions. It does not claim to provide any of the answers but it does offer a comfortable, sociable and stimulating environment so that answers may be found. unparalleled resources for creative study including renowned collections of historical, cultural, theological and political materials: 32,000 books came from Gladstone’s own library, many containing annotations made by Gladstone himself. We know from his diaries that Gladstone read on average five books a week – any applicants can be sure that the Library has something to offer them. The connections Gladstone made between the various disciplines he collected helped shape his form of liberalism.

About the programme:  Through reflection and writing during their stay, Writers in Residence help redefine liberal values for the 21st Century. Their engagement might be critical, supportive or merely observant. Gladstone was a polymath with interests ranging widely across religion, history, social justice and politics from Classical times to what was, for him, contemporary culture. The scope of these four residencies is equally wide and we welcome fiction and non-fiction writers.

Gladstone’s Library is unique. It is the only residential library in the United Kingdom. It provides a meeting place dedicated to dialogue, debate and learning for open-minded individuals. The Residency programme is designed to share the Library’s benefits with as many people as we can, broadening the Library’s audience and benefiting from their perspectives in turn. The Library welcomes all, regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. All Writers in Residence will be at ease with this inclusive ethos.

Dates and places:  Four places will be awarded to writers working in the English language. The proposed dates of the tenures are February, May, September and November 2018. They like to support writers as best we can and we know that many cannot simply abscond from regular life for a month. Residencies can therefore be taken in two two-week blocks, and residencies of a single fortnight will also be considered. They are also flexible with dates. Please indicate the length and suggested date of Residency on your application.

Writers at all stages of their career should feel able to apply for Residency. They are proud to say that Residencies have supported some of the finest writers in the English language, whether they won for their seventeenth book or their first.

What you get:

  • Accommodation in an ensuite room for a period of four consecutive weeks;
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and refreshments (telephone calls, alcoholic drinks, packaged snacks and formal Afternoon Tea are not included);
  • Travel expenses to and from the Library at the start and end of the residency (HMRC mileage allowance or standard bus/train fares within the UK);
  • An honorarium of £100.00 per week.

Residency requirements:

  • Attend the official London prizewinning ceremony in October
  • Participate, where possible, in any other publicity events held before or after their residency;
  • Respond to media/press enquiries as appropriate and by prior agreement with the library’s warden, Peter Francis;
  • Submit two blog posts to the Gladstone’s Library website;
  • Lead a creative writing workshop to not more than twenty participants;
  • Give an evening talk about any aspect of their writing and/or creative life;
  • Abide by the normal terms and conditions for guests staying at Gladstone’s Library.

What to submit:  

  • a one page CV / biography;
  • a copy of the book they would like the judges to consider;
  • a 250-word statement about their take on (re)defining ‘liberal values’;
  • 250 words on the work that they plan to do at the Library;
  • a 250-word proposal for an evening event and day masterclass;
  • the length and suggested dates of their residency.

How to apply:  Please be sure to read the full terms and conditions before applying.

Submissions should be sent to Louisa Yates, Gladstone’s Library, Church Lane, Hawarden, Flintshire, CH5 3DF.

Deadline: Monday 30 April 2018 (postmark deadline)

Source: @Playwriting_UK

Workshop Leader sought for Sci-Fi Theatre Workshops (£80 fee)

Cyborphic is seeking a workshop leader experienced with any aspect of science fiction theatre to deliver one of four workshops of the 1st Science Fiction Theatre Research Lab, 21-24 May 2018.

This workshop series aims to cover writing, performing and directing science fiction for the stage.

The workshop series will take place in central London and the other three workshop leaders have already been decided.

Fee:  The successful applicant will be paid an £80 fee to deliver a 2 hour workshop (plus expenses) on one of the above dates.

What to submit/ How to apply: To apply please send an expression of interest highlighting your professional experience with the genre to cyborphic (at) gmail (dot) com.

Deadline: 15 April 2018

Source:  Direct contact

Live Theatre & Northumbria University Writer in Residence 2018-19 (£20,000)

Live Theatre, a new writing theatre with an international reputation, which has just been nominated for its third Olivier Award for one of its plays, and Northumbria University, Newcastle; nominated for the prestigious University of the Year award in Times Higher Education (THE) Awards 2017, are seeking to appoint an experienced playwright for a dynamic and exciting twelve-month residency, beginning in September 2018.

This residency programme, now in its third year, is a unique opportunity for a playwright with a proven track record of writing for theatre/performance to work across both organisations.

Structure:  The residency programme will be flexible, based on the successful candidate’s other commitments, and aims to be tailored to the skills and interests of the successful applicant, however the scope of the programme will be structured around following activities and outcomes:

  • To work alongside Live Theatre’s creative team in the planning and delivery of creative programmes including active participation in the delivery of the theatre’s artist development programme.
  • Research and develop an idea for a play that responds to Live Theatre’s mission and identity. It is envisaged that this may lead to a commissioning opportunity with Live Theatre outside of the scope of the residency.
  • Take a significant role in the creation of a new work developed with and performed by Northumbria University Newcastle Performing Arts students at Live Theatre, and contribute to the collaborative research culture of the University.
  • Contribute to the teaching and learning of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including the delivery and co-delivery of masterclasses in writing and associated theatre/performance disciplines.

For full details, please see the online description from Live Theatre.

Residency Fee: £20,000

What to submit/How to apply: To apply for this residency, please email a CV and an expression of interest outlining how the residency would support your practice as a writer, and how you would approach the proposed residency activities and outcomes by email to with Writer in Residence in the subject title.

Interviews will take place Thursday 3 May 2018.

Deadline: Friday 20 April 2018 at 5pm

Source:  Bruntwood Prize Opportunities


Nick Hern Books seeking Publishing Assistant

Nick Hern Books, specialist theatre publisher, is seeking a Publishing Assistant – an enthusiastic, adaptable new member of the team to contribute to all aspects of their publishing activity. This is an exciting opportunity to gain varied experience at a vibrant and dynamic independent publishing house.

Job description: You will have responsibilities in the day-to-day running of the office, including:

  • being the first port of call for customers (via telephone and email)
  • processing and supplying orders (including liaising with our distributor)
  • handling invoices, payments, couriers, and incoming/outgoing post

You will also manage a large reprint and stock-control operation, keeping all 1000+ NHB titles available and in print, which often requires typesetting and reformatting of existing publications, as well as liaising with suppliers and printers.

You will perform other duties as reasonably requested by the Production Editors, helping to ensure that new titles progress smoothly from typescript to finished publication, which will include some proofreading and copy-checking. There will also be some additional elements of the role working with the Marketing/Sales team, such as attending conferences and events to sell books, preparing monthly sales reports, and helping to maintain the website.

Person specification: You will need to be well-informed about theatre and ideally have had some practical theatre experience (amateur or professional) or academic qualification in theatre or drama. Knowledge and/or experience of publishing and/or bookselling would be an added advantage.

You’ll need to be:

  • very organised and good at prioritising competing tasks
  • comfortable with customer service over the phone, email and in person
  • computer-literate and confident at learning new software
  • focused and meticulous, with an excellent attention to detail and a good eye for layout and design

We use Apple Mac hardware and associated software, but experience on other systems is equally valid. Typesetting or design experience, especially using QuarkXpress and Photoshop, would be useful, but not essential.

Additional details and benefits:

Place of Work: At the Nick Hern Books office – a self-contained unit on the ground floor of a small office block set back off the Goldhawk Road near Shepherd’s Bush Green and the Bush Theatre. One minute from Goldhawk Road underground station (Circle and Hammersmith and City Lines), eight from Shepherd’s Bush (Central Line and Overground).

Start Date: As soon as possible.

Salary: £25,000 per annum, payable monthly on 25th of each month.

Hours: 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., Monday to Friday; with some evening and weekend work, where necessary.

Holidays: 25 days per year, excluding bank holidays and Christmas shutdown.

Pension: Auto-enrolment in company pension scheme, with 10% employer contribution.

Expenses: Theatre tickets, and other relevant expenses.

Trial Period: Three-month trial period.

Notice: One month during trial period, two months thereafter.

How to apply: Please send a CV (not more than one page) and a letter about yourself and your suitability for the job (also not more than one page) by email to Matt Applewhite, at (Overlength applications may be disqualified.)

Applications must arrive by noon on Thursday 22 February 2018 at the latest, with interviews conducted during the week commencing 5 March 2018.

they encourage applications from eligible candidates from backgrounds currently under-represented in the theatre and publishing sectors.

Deadline: Thursday 22 February 2018 at noon

Source: @NickHernBooks

The Scenic Route seeking playwriting tutors

The Scenic Route are currently seeking tutors to lead masterclasses in either playwriting, composition, or devised theatre to join a pool of tutors for upcoming projects to be rolled out later in the year.

The Scenic Route develops projects to support a wide range of theatre makers in their work, one of which is our Creating Theatre Lab – an intensive workshop in cross-disciplinary collaborative theatre. (More details on the lab can be found here.) We are now looking to expand the reach of the labs and develop a version for secondary schools (15+) and community projects.

they are looking to build a pool of tutors who would be interested in delivering a half day masterclass within their discipline on a lab, on an ad hoc basis.

What they are looking for: The ideal tutor will have a professional track record as either a playwright, composer or theatre maker in a devising context, with experience of delivering workshops.

How to apply: Please forward an expression of interest along with your CV or links to your work to Tammy at

Deadline: 23 February 2018

Source: Arts Jobs

Poet in Residence at Great Ormond Street Hospital Arts (paid)

GOSH Arts runs a participatory programme of creative activities and events for children, families and staff and commissions site specific art and design for Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) buildings.  For more information please visit

They are recruiting for the freelance role of poet in residence at GOSH to lead weekly sessions with patients and families in outpatient clinics and inpatient wards over the period of 1 year.

The chosen poet will have some flexibility to choose the half day they work at GOSH although the day must be the same each week and must work around the current programme schedule.

Payment: Fees are paid at £210 per day or £115 per half day. Planning is paid in addition to delivery.

Main duties include:

  • Planning and leading participatory workshops/sessions in inpatient and outpatient wards
  • Collecting feedback during sessions
  • Participating in planning and evaluation meetings with the wider artist in residence team
  • Acting as a representative of GOSH Arts whilst at the hospital

What they’re looking for:


  • At least 3 years of experience of working in participatory contexts
  • Evidence of a dynamic and inclusive practice
  • The ability to support vulnerable young people and children
  • The ability to work independently in a busy environment
  • Empathetic and sensitive to the hospital environment but with the ability to maintain professional boundaries and adhere to patient confidentiality requirements
  • The ability to be flexible and reactive to situations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to relate to people from different backgrounds


  • Experience of working in a healthcare setting
  • Experience of working with children and young people in 1:1 settings
  • Experience of working with other artists using a range of art forms
  • Experience of working with a range of organisations and stakeholders

What to submit:

  • A cover letter of no more than 1 A4 page outlining how you meet the person specification and why you are interested in working with GOSH Arts
  • An up-to-date CV
  • 3 – 6 examples of your work
  • Contact details for 2 referees

How to apply: To apply please send your materials to

Deadline: 12 February 2018

Source: Arts Jobs