Workshops & Guest Surgeries

ASP - Workshops

The Artist Support Programme will provide a busy programme of 1-2-1 Producing and Dramaturgy Surgeries and, while our team are experienced, we know we don’t have all the answers. This is where our Workshops and Guest Surgeries come in!

Each month we will welcome a creative trailblazer or industry leader to join us  to provide an online workshop, followed by a day of 1-2-1 surgery sessions, focusing on a specific topic or challenge that the sector is facing. This will provide an opportunity for you to explore a certain area in more detail and get answers from those in the know.

The programme of events will be built in direct response to the frequently asked questions or areas of concern that come up during the 1-2-1's so it will reflect what YOU want to hear more about.

All events will have live BSL interpretation and after the event a recording with Closed Captions will be made available on our Resources page!


The New Open Project Fund with Paul Burns | Wednesday 4 August | 14:00 - 16:00

Our extra-special Guest Workshop Leader for August is Creative Scotland’s Head of Dance and Interim Deputy Director of Arts and Engagement, Paul Burns. 

Paul will be giving us the inside scoop on the changes to Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund (OPF), which will be launched shortly after the talk. Come along to hear what is changing, how the new fund will support you and tips for writing your OPF applications.  

Following the workshop, Paul will be offering 1-2-1 sessions on Wednesday 11th August to discuss your projects and answer specific questions. This is an incredible opportunity to meet with the Head of Dance and find out how to make the most of the newly structured application process. Book your place on the workshop now to avoid disappointment, bookings for the 1-2-1's will open after the workshop.


Paul Burns is Head of Dance and Interim Deputy Director of Arts and Engagement at Creative Scotland. Paul has a broad range of experience in the UK arts sector having previously worked in arts policy, youth arts and in the hip-hop and grime music sectors. For the last 15 years he has worked in dance, initially as an independent producer before going onto lead the programming, producing and artist development activity of DanceXchange and International Dance Festival Birmingham for seven years. He worked in senior leadership roles at a number of other UK dance organisations including Dance4, Greenwich Dance, The Place and Yorkshire Dance, and delivered his own artist and sector development projects as a freelance coach, mentor and dramaturg before joining Creative Scotland in 2018. 


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