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Our vision is to build, support and nurture the national and international success of Scotland-based dance artists, using our resources to ensure that all dance artists in Scotland have opportunities to develop successful careers.
For 20 years we have been proud to offer our award-winning building, and two of our beautiful dance studios, to professional dance artists as a warm and welcoming space to create, practice and explore.
Following consultation with the community and our Artist Advisory Group we are refreshing the way in which we allocate our studio space. Launching in September 2021, our revised structure continues our clear commitment to the professional dance sector, and echoes our organisational values of inclusivity, collaboration, bravery and responsibility. This new programme will build on the strong work of previous years, ensuring that our residency programme, and space provision for artists, continues to provide opportunities for dance artists across Scotland, and is relevant, responsive and fair for the artistic landscape we are in.
Artists working in dance, choreography or movement practice can access studio space at Dance Base in three ways:
A fundamental change within this new programme is that we are committing to providing you with the funds to pay yourself and your collaborators fully for residency work. Our Residency programme will now only provide funded residency weeks and artists will be asked to detail the budget that they require for the week. We understand this will mean fewer residencies, but we believe it is important to support artists and place value on their work, particularly in the current climate.
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).
Where we cannot provide financial support directly, we can provide In-Kind Studio Space & Support to enable artists to apply for external funds. We will also provide Open Studio Space where artists can access up to three days of free studio space a term to explore, create and connect with no expectations or outcomes required.
This new programme will begin with our planned reopening in September 2021 and will be accompanied by other programmes of support for the dance sector which will be announced over the coming weeks. If you have any questions or would like to discuss any element of the programme, please contact Kirsty Somerville, Programmes Manager, on Kirsty@dancebase.co.uk