Artist Residency Programme

Lucy Suggate: Cosmic Sculptures (Amy Sinead Photography)

Photo Credit: Cosmic Sculptures, Lucy Suggate & Jack Webb, by Amy Sinead

Throughout the year Dance Base offer a series of paid residencies to professional dance artists, choreographers and companies who are based in Scotland to develop their work in a supportive, well equipped, and welcoming space.

Thanks to funding from the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund, for Spring 2022 we have been able to increase our residency budget to £20,000 and will be able to support artists to deliver residencies both at Dance Base, and in their own location by supporting with venue hire costs. For full information for the Spring term please click here.

Each residency provides:  

  • A studio space at our home in Edinburgh 
  • Funds that cover the residency budget provided at application  
  • The opportunity to share and discuss your practice with the Dance Base team, your peers and the wider dance sector.  

We strive to support artists at each stage of their career and welcome applications for proposals at all levels.

If you are reading this and wondering if this opportunity is open to you then please do continue and consider applying. Please read on to see how the residency programme works and how you can apply - we are here to support you in your application and welcome any questions you may have.   


How it works: 

Our residency programme is structured around three terms: 

  • Spring (January – April, 10 weeks)  
  • Summer (April – July, 13 weeks) 
  • Autumn (September – December, 13 weeks)  

Space is provided on a weekly basis (Monday – Friday) in two of our studio spaces, enabling a total offer of 72 weeks 

For 2021/22 our Residency budget is £25,000 and this will be split between each term with approximatley £8,500 per term. Thanks to funding from the Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund, for Spring 2022 we have been able to increase our residency budget to £20,000 and will be able to support artists to deliver residencies both at Dance Base, and in their own location by supporting with venue hire costs. For full information for the Spring term please click here.

Applications are made three times a year through an open call process. Applicants are asked to answer a series of short questions and to provide a fully costed budget (support and templates available). All applications will be read by the Dance Base Artistic Director and members of the Artist Advisory Group (12 artists who reflect the diversity of voices that make up the Scottish dance sector). The panel will decide the allocation of residency places by assessing:  

  • The benefit to the applicant(s) from the space and resources 


Residencies for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) and d/Deaf and Disabled Artists: 

Dance Base recognise that there are significant barriers to working in the dance sector and that these challenges are experienced more acutely by those facing marginalisation and deep-rooted systemic injustice. As part of our on-going commitment to support artists who have this lived experience and ensuring that we support the full vibrancy of the dance sector in Scotland, we guarantee that at least one of our residencies each year will go to a lead artist who identifies as a member of the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour communities and that at least one will go to a lead artist who identifies as d/Deaf or Disabled. This is a minimum but not a limit.   

Artists are invited to identify if they are part of these communities on the Residency Cover Sheet and this will be brought into the decision panel making as the residencies are allocated. 


What we are looking for: 

Our Residency programme is open to artists at any stage of their career and we welcome applications for proposals at all levels. 


What the Dance Base residency provides: 

  • A clean, warm studio space Monday – Friday roughly 09:00 – 17:00 (times vary per studio) 
  • The full funding that the artist requires to:  
    • Pay fair artist fees to themselves and their collaborators  
    • Cover travel & accommodation costs 
  • Artistic mentoring from the Artistic Director (on request) 
  • Basic studio sound equipment (See our equipment list)
  • Free wireless internet
  • Exclusive access to a shared Greenroom, changing rooms (including showers and lockers) and kitchen 

Applicants are asked to provide a budget and rationale for their expenditure.  Dance Base will not set a limit for what they can apply for but will provide clear best practice guidance on rates of pay and provide a list of what additional support Dance Base can offer in-kind (e.g. technical equipment). Dance Base will endeavour to cover the budget as proposed but may outline activities that we cannot fund and ask for an amended budget to reflect this. 

As part of the week, each residency artist will be invited to share their practice with their peers, the public and the sector if this is suitable for them to do so. While this is encouraged, it is not compulsory. We understand that each project will be at a different stage and that the decision of if, and what, to share must be bespoke and beneficial to your project. The sharing element will be discussed with the artist and the Artistic Director and Programmes Manager once the residency has been offered. 

As an idea, sharings could take the form of:  

  • A taught company class or sharing of practice for the dance sector 
  • An artist led conversation 
  • An open studio afternoon 
  • A structured work-in-progress sharing at the end of the week 
  • Or anything that compliments and enhances and artist’s residency experience.  


Who it is for: 

The Paid Residency programme is open to: 

  • Artists who are predominantly based in Scotland (this applies to the lead artists - you can welcome collaborators from outside of Scotland but we may not be able to support travel & accommodation costs for these individuals) 
  • Artists who see their work as based in physical or choreographic practices 

The Paid Residency programme is not open to: 

  • Artists who are predominantly based outside of Scotland 
  • Artists who are in full time academic study. This is because students have access to rehearsal facilities already through their institution.  
  • Artists who are already members of the DEBS scheme as they already receive free studio space as part of their support.  


If you are ineligible for the paid residency but are interested in being part of our programme please see our In-Kind Studio Space & Support programme, or contact Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager, on  


The Budget: 

Starting for the Autumn term 2021, Dance Base commit to provide the full funding that the artist requires to pay themselves and their collaborators to deliver their residency. Applicants are asked to complete the Sample Budget and submit this with their application. Our producing team will be on hand to support applicants who have questions about creating a budget.  

Dance Base have a total budget of £25,000 for the yearly Residency programme (approximately £8,500 per term) and this will be used to fund each successful residency as they require. This will mean that we will fund fewer residencies, but that the ones we do support will be fairly paid and valued. This does not represent an expectation for larger pieces of work or for ‘finished’ pieces, but rather a reflection of the work that is being undertaken during residencies (accounting for varying numbers of collaborators and expenses). 

When creating your budget, we ask you to ensure that your payment rates abide by fair pay standards as laid out by the ITC as a minimum. 


Dance Base will support: 

  • Artist fees for those taking part in the residency
  • Travel & Accommodation expenses 

Dance Base are unable to support: 

  • Additional technical hires (you can see our in-house provision here) 
  • Hospitality expenses 
  • Marketing or promotional fees 

Our annual budget of £25,000 will unfortunately not be able to support all the applications that we receive across the year. We therefore ask that when compiling your budget that you consider any additional funding that you have in place to support the project already and incorporate this into your request to Dance Base accordingly. For example, if you have Creative Scotland funding to support the lead artists time already, we expect this cost not to appear in your ask from Dance Base. 

This will ensure that we can support the largest number of artists possible. 

Budget to Support Access Requirements:
Dance Base are committed to providing an accessible programme. Additional funds and provisions are available to support access requirements for artists and their collaborators. Any associated costs or adjustments will be discussed with the successful applicant(s) after the decision to fund is made. Applicants who wish to make us aware of any needs in advance are welcome to notify Kirsty Somerville, our Programmes Manager, or include details on your budget or application. This is not a requirement as it will have no bearing on the decision outcome.

If you have any question or would like to discuss this further please contact Kirsty, 


How to apply: 

Our applications for the Spring term are now open! The Spring Residency Programme will run from the 10th January - 8th April and the deadline for applications is the 18th October, 11.00.

Applicants will be invited to complete and submit the following items: 

  • A Residency Application Form: The application can be completed in a written of video/audio recording format and the form details work count and recording duration. Visual quality, camera and editing skills will not be taken into consideration for filmed submissions and spelling and grammar will not form part of the consideration of written applications. Please also provide a link to more information about your practice - this could be a CV, personal statement or a link to your website.   
  • A Residency BudgetThe budget should detail the fee that you require to deliver the residency week. 
  • A Residency Cover SheetThis asks for your contact information. To ensure your data is protected this page will be removed from your application by our producing team prior to sending it to the decision-making panel.
  • An Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Form: This is anonymous and will be used to capture who we are reaching with our call outs. 

These should be sent to Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager, at with the subject line "Residency 2021 - (Your Name)"


Submission Deadlines: 

Our call out for the Spring Residency Programme (10th January - 8th April) is now open with a deadline of the 18th October at 11.00.

Our call out for the Summer Residency Programme (25th April - 1st July) will open from the 30th November with a deadline of the 31st January.

Applicants will be informed of the panel members after the closing date so that conflicts of interest can be declared and mitigated.  


How the decision is made: 

Applications will be read by the Artistic Director and four members of the Artist Advisory Group – a group of artists who represent the diverse array of voices and lived experiences that make up the Scottish dance sector. The decision of who the residency weeks are allocated to will be based on who the group believe will: 

  • Benefit most from the space and time provided 

The panel will create a shortlist and then the Artistic Director and Programmes Manager will work together to examine the logistics of the programme in relation to budget, studio availability and dates. The Artistic Director will make the final decision on the programme. 

Should you wish to have a conversation about the application process, require this information in an alternative format, or have access requirements we need to meet to support you in making an application please contact Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager at Dance Base on 

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