flip Artists – an exciting new initiative to support the next generation of disabled artists in Scotland is being launched by flip – Disability Equality in the Arts and national arts organisations. The initiative is running for one year and artists are invited to apply by the XX of November and will tak epart in a 6 month development programme starting in January 2015.
Following on from the high profile success of Scottish artists at the 2012 Paralympics cultural programme and recent Unlimited Festival at Southbank Centre London, flip is excited to offer a supported programme of development to disabled artists in Scotland at the start of their careers.
flip is partnering with the National Theatre of Scotland, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the Federations of Scottish Theatre amongst others to deliver this opportunity and flip Artists is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Together these organisations are providing up to 10 learning and development opportunities for artists to develop their artistic practice or career through an individualised programme of mentoring, training and development.
“Scotland has a good reputation for the work of disabled artists as well as its integrated dance, music and theatre practice. However, that reputation is based on a handful of hard working and talented individuals and companies. In order for their legacy to be fully realised and for disability arts to truly flourish we need to invest in and nurture emerging talent, and I believe this programme to be a vital part of this process.” – Jon Morgan, Director, Federation of Scottish Theatre
“There are many great high profile disabled artists working in Scotland and across the UK but it is less clear where the next generation are coming from.” – Robert Gale flip
“We want to find the next generation of emerging disabled artists. We are looking for people who are beginning to develop their own work or ideas and need support to take the next steps in their development.” – Mairi Taylor flip
More information about applying can be found at www.artists.flip.org.uk