FIELD residency

FIELD is an online residency designed to create space to talk, reflect, listen and be listened to. It is part of our ongoing conversational practice.

You may feel, right now, that you don't have the answers.

You may feel, right now, that the global reset to cultural practices is the opportunity you've been waiting for.

You may be desperate, delicate, frightened, disappointed, frustrated, confused, uncertain. You may be confident, ambitious, bursting with ideas, raring to go, enthusiastic.

You may be some or all of these things, from time to time, or something else entirely.

We think it's time to talk about the future, to think about the place of independent artists and companies in the landscape.

That place has never been an easy one, and it's become harder in recent years. These conversations are about the place in the landscape we want to occupy and who our partners in that will be. About reaching our artistic goals while being able to earn a living. About what you want it to be about.

This, then, is a chance to take some time to think about the future. Your future.

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the offer

We are offering ten freelance creative practitioners in the performing arts £1,000 each to take part in an online conversational residency. This money is to support your time thinking about your future, participating in and responding to the conversations.

  • The residency will take place 15th-26th June 2020.
  • It's not every day or all day, but a series of online conversations across this period and the chance to dedicate some of your time to reflecting on what the future looks like for you.
  • In each of the two weeks, we'll have a few drop-in coffee chats, plus a series of curated discussions on topics relevant to you. There may be some additional conversations that you want to observe. Only a couple of sessions are likely to involve everyone: most will be just 4-6 participants. Kat and Alister from Two Destination Language will host all the conversations.
  • We will create a publication bringing together thoughts on the topics discussed, and we'll ask you to contribute some writing on an agreed topic, in a form that suits you.
  • Prior to the residency, we'll have a conversation to discuss further the topics you'd like to cover and help plan the sessions.
  • Participants must be based in the north of England.

We're also inviting 10 participants already paid for their work (like NPO staff) to take part too.


Deadline: 31st May

Some Answers

Who can take part?

This project is intended for those working in live performance disciplines: live art, dance, experimental theatre, etc. If liveness is core to what you do, we mean you -- work doesn't have to happen in theatres or festivals or any kind of physical space at all.

Participation is restricted to those working in the north of England, as defined by Arts Council England.

What is a creative practitioner?

If you've got this far, chances are you count as one.

Anyone with a professional practice in the arts is in some way a creative practitioner. We expect that most participants will be people who identify as artists, and there are others, like creative producers, who are also vital to our sector's work.

What about NPO workers?

We're counting on you! This project includes those working across the culture sector - artists, producers, programmers, sector support organisations - we just can't pay for the time of those who are already receiving funding/salary. If you are able to make participating in this project part of your paid job, please just complete the form, or get in touch directly!

What would I have to write?

Once we know more about the conversations, we'll talk about this with you -- and it may change following those conversations.

We'd like to share the thinking and learning from the project with people who didn't get to participate, and that's what the writing is for - the contributions will be gathered into a publication, with illustrations, for those who are interested.

How will people be chosen?

We have money to support 10 people to take part (or more accurately, to support their time), and we need to keep the conversation groups to a reasonable size. They will be curated to give a range of experiences and views (both personal and professional), and while such a small group will never be representative of all parts of the performing arts landscape and the people who populate (and pollinate) it, we hope to create a group where everyone can learn from each other's ideas and questions.

Can I see the application form?

If the Google form isn't working for you, or isn't accessible for you, then you can find the questions here. Just email your answers (as text, or a link to video or audio) to by 31st May.


This project was only made possible thanks to public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.