Anatomy Associate Artist Scheme: Call for Applications

Anatomy is a regular performance cabaret based in Edinburgh. We bring many different sorts of artforms and many different sorts of artists together for events to surprise, shock and delight. For details on the accessibility of our venue, and how we can support you to be part of Anatomy, see our Accessibility page. To find out about applying to be an Anatomy Associate Artist, read on. We actively welcome applications in alternative formats; please contact for details.

Beth Frieden performing in Mary Pearson’s Failurelab  at Anatomy. Beth is wearing a blue wig and is draped in a mismatched assortment of clothes; she holds a coathanger in her mouth. Photo by Rich Dyson.


Deadline May 1st

As part of our 2016 programme — supported by Creative Scotland, Imaginate and Summerhall — we are very excited to be able to offer two live artists a paid period of tailored mentoring and development opportunities over six months.

We are looking for two performance-makers who want to pursue a new directon in their work. We are looking for artists to work with, to mentor, to push, to challenge, to inspire and to be pushed by and inspired by in turn. One Associate Artist will primarily be focused on making work for early years audiences (children ages 0-5), and one on making work for more adult audiences, although we would encourage artists to consider work suitable for both age ranges.

ANATOMY is especially welcoming of artists who face marginalisation, including D/deaf and/or disabled people, LGBTI+ people, women, people of colour, working class people, and people from any related background or identity. We have a full accessibility policy to support this work. If you feel you are often excluded from performance opportunities, we would like to include you and hear how we can do that better. We have a budget to help meet individual access needs.

We are looking for fearless performance makers, regardless of style, medium, trend, or themes. If what you do happens in front of an audience, you are within our remit. We welcome the weird, the alchemists of media, junk metal puppeteers, scripts carved in stone, claustrophobic cacophonies, splatstick shenanigans, the gently weeping, tellers of tall tales, bulging bouffons, table-top ballet, destroyers of sound, and insect gymnasts. We are particularly looking for artists who are seeking to develop their work in a new direction, and artists whose work pushes at the boundaries of form and genre.

We want to be more active in developing live art in Scotland. We want to help you create new work that will stand the test of time. To find out more about what we’ve done and decide whether you’d be a good fit, see our past events and manifesto.

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Sara Zaltash performing in Tuul: Sweetmud, which was in the 2013 Peep/Anatomy programme. Sara is in a graffiti-covered back yard. She is  dressed in sackcloth and is holding a bottle of wine, which she has poured on herself. She looks celebratory. Photo by Aleks Slota.

You must:

– Be a good fit with our ethos.
– Be committed to developing brave new work.
– Have at least 10 days available between June and December 2016
– Be available for performances on the 9th and 11th of December 2016
– Be based within a reasonable travelling distance of Edinburgh

Successful applicants will receive:

– A £1000 fee, to cover 10 days of work between June and December 2016
– A tailored program of mentoring and development opportunities, to be agreed with successful applicants
– An opportunity to share their work at ANATOMY’s December cabarets and invitation-only Critical Response Performances.
– Support in developing skills and experience in running workshops and classes.
– Full technical support for the new work,
– Full video and photographic documentation of new work.
– Access to at least 5 days of rehearsal space in Summerhall

Artists working for an early years audience will receive additonal support from Imaginate, including further, mentoring, producing advice, access to  programming and festival contacts, funding to support going to see early years work, and participation the Imaginate network of artists.

ANATOMY will retain a production credit over new work created. We would also be interested in producing a tour or longer run of the new work, and will meet following the scheme to discuss this with the artists.

To apply, please download anAssociate Artist Application Form and a voluntary Diversity Monitoring Form and return, completed, to by 23.59pm of Sunday May 1st 2016. Applicants will be notified about the results of their application by the week of 16th May, and the scheme will begin in June. We welcome proposals in alternative formats if this is better for you; please contact us for details.

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