Dance Base Scotland has been selected, together with partners, as one of the 30 creative teams to take part in the upcoming Festival UK* 2022 R&D Project – a four nation initiative, supported in Scotland by the Scottish Government and EventScotland. The brief is simple: to develop a project that celebrates creativity and innovation and has the potential to reach 66 million people in 2022 across science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
The creative teams are drawn from organisations and individuals working in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) across the UK, and will research and develop proposals over the months ahead, with a view to developing large-scale engagement projects.
Dance Base will be working in a consortium led by Jason Bruges Studio, together with the following partners: Alexander Whitley Dance Company, Little Dipper, Network Rail, Royal Astronomical Society, and the Institute of Engineering and Technology. The consortia will work between now and the end of January 2021 to develop project proposals. Out of 30 shortlisted organisations, 10 will then be chosen to deliver their ideas with a budget of up to £10 million each.
Leading on the project for Dance Base will be Chief Executive Jim Hollington and Artistic Director Morag Deyes MBE.
‘At a time when artists have suffered such losses in income and creative outlet, this offers some hope. Festival UK*2022 acknowledges and celebrates fresh creativity throughout the UK. The fund and the research phase it supports brings together science and art and opens up the many exciting pathways between them.’
– Morag Deyes, Dance Base Artistic Director
Dance Base is one of several Scottish arts organisations to be longlisted, alongside National Theatre of Scotland, Edinburgh International Festival, and Celtic Connections.
Independently run and led by Chief Creative Officer Martin Green, Festival UK* 2022 is backed by the four governments of the UK. The 30 Creative Teams selected for the R&D are made up of 22 UK-wide collaborations, and two each from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Festival will take place throughout 2022 and each project will bring new opportunities for creative people in sectors that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19. A specific focus is being placed on emerging talent and under-represented voices.
More information on the festival can be found at festival2022.uk