Graeae: Call for applicants, Beyond:Develop

Closing Date: 2 February 2021

Graeae Theatre Company

Location: Online

Remuneration: N/A


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In association with Beyond, launched last year, Graeae are now delighted to announce Beyond: Develop, a series of FREE online CPD (Creative Professional Development) and wellbeing workshops for Deaf and disabled artists affected by the pandemic. Throughout these sessions, we aim to support artists in finding new ways to move forward in the creative industry, while exploring ways to diversify skills and remain resilient.

We are working with some of the best arts facilitators in the country to deliver bespoke sessions, seeking to empower our artists to keep on keeping on, despite the world around us and our industry grinding to a halt. Visit our website to see the facilitators involved.

Our sessions are open to artists who are Deaf, disabled, Neurodiverse, living with a long term health condition, or who have faced barriers to training due to access requirements not being met. We know that many of those artists will have lost work due to the pandemic and are unsure of what the future holds for both their jobs, access to the arts and their plans for a creative career as a whole. Beyond: Develop is here for you.

The available sessions are:

-Funding Applications, Schemes and Platforms. Leading specialists talk platforms including Arts Council England and Unlimited, competition and resilience.
-Diversifying Your Career: How do we diversify and sell our skills?
-Creating Solo Work: Finding inspiration, structuring rehearsals, venues in alliance
-Creating Work Digitally and Working Professionally Online: How can we continue to make creative work from home?
-Auditions: Getting Seen and Choosing Material: Self tapes, choosing the right material, knowing your strengths, approaching venues
-Agents and Self Representation: Researching and contacting agents, knowing your USP, contracts, how to self-represent
-Arts Administration: Finance, Insurance, Copyright and more: Your project management questions answered
-Producers and Producing: The Role of a producer, self-producing, the recipe for making work
-Working in Television: Routes into TV, from supporting artist roles to gaining experience in student film, community casting and stills
-Access Essentials: access audits & riders, owning your access requirements, the Access to Work scheme, top tips, case studies and your questions answered
-Inclusive Practice and Creative Access: What do we mean by creative access? Working accessibly in person and online, creative a safe space.
-Cultural Diversity and Intersectionality in the Arts: Leading creatives discuss BLM movement and the future of diversity in the arts.*
(*PLEASE NOTE this session is only open to artists who are Black, Asian or other ethnic minorities)

-Discrimination Awareness and Knowing Your Rights: Leading specialists talk about discrimination and your rights, with changing goal posts in how we work today
-Mindful Breathing Part 1: Conflict resolution, warning signs, breathing practices
-Mindful Breathing part 2:  Using breath and meditation to overcome daily stress
-Best Practice for Self Care Part 1: Working autobiographically, communicating access & recognising burn out
-Best Practice for Self Care Part 2: What does self-care look like? A fun interactive workshop to soothe.
-Movement for Wellbeing: How to relieve stress in the body? Yoga & chair yoga, back health
Assertiveness and Setting Boundaries: Finding your voice to effectively communicate
-Laughter: A workshop harnessing the power of laughter
-Creative Writing for Wellbeing: Using creative writing tools to de-stress and turn internal energy into a positive creative outlet
-Safe Space Forum – Space to discuss 3 small group sessions with the freedom to discuss anxieties & concerns about work and the world

Deadline to sign up: Tue 2 Feb at 6pm

All sessions will be captioned, and BSL interpreters available. There will be an opportunity to tell about your access requirements when you sign up.

Apply now 

The application process is available in a variety of accessible formats. Beyond: Develop is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.