Bespoke artist support has always been at the heart of what we do. We believe that by supporting independent practitioners, we help create the conditions for the most exciting live performance to be made and experienced in Bristol. The way we offer support has evolved over the last 10 years, and will continue to do so in tune with the city's developing theatre landscape. We understand the word 'theatre' in the broadest possible terms, from circus to live art, dance to script-based plays, and everything in between.
Bristol's is a vibrant, healthy scene. Artists have always supported other artists, whether paid, gratis, funded or otherwise, and the strong and growing creative community has been built here in that spirit of generosity. Looking ahead, we believe that voices involved in these often informal and unfunded structures belong alongside those of organisational expertise and experience, at the centre of our approach to supporting artists, informing how we help develop Bristol's creative ecology.
We are therefore looking to work with one pair of artists at a time, hosting six individuals with contrasting practices and horizons over three years. After a successful stint with us the first Associates, Lucinka Eisler and Jo Bannon, are now preparing to handover to the next pair. These are fixed-term, flexible and part-time positions open to current practitioners with a self-starting track record. Each is an excellent opportunity for an artist to share their invaluable perspective and know-how, whilst continuing to develop their own work, enriched by the experience of helping others from across the spectrum of performance practice happening in Bristol.
Further information about Theatre Bristol, including our artist support programme, can be found on our website www.theatrebristol.net
if you have any further enquiries or would like an informal chat about the positions please contact Sophie Turner at firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance. Please leave a contact phone number.
To support Bristol's independent artists to develop and present excellent live performance, building and sharing in-depth knowledge of artists' practice within the organisation, and the city's wider theatre ecology.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
As one of two new Associates, you will be responsible for developing Theatre Bristol's supportive relationship with a large number and diverse range of artists. This will primarily happen through hosting regular one-to-one Artist Support meetings, and maintaining contact afterwards as appropriate. Part mentor, part consultant, from sounding-board or sign-poster one minute to creative counsellor the next, areas your advice will be sought on may include anything from funding applications to project management, fire-fighting to long term planning; you will help artists refine and effectively communicate their unique visions.
Where you will often be the first point of contact for practitioners starting out on their journeys, artists' access to you will not be bounded by whatever stage their career could be said to be at. Knowledge of their work is key, so you will regularly see the shows of those you're supporting, and provide critical feedback where appropriate.
You will be an advocate for good practice, and a conduit within 'the industry' too: it will be your business to know the lie of the land; keep up-to-speed on opportunities in Bristol and beyond; and to join dots for people, bridge gaps and beat drums.
The knowledge you gather on the ground will make a key contribution to Theatre Bristol's thinking, so you will plug in to the organisation's network, team and resources, attending meetings as required and sharing information from your contact with artists and their work. You will be responsible for writing a number of the widely read weekly e-bulletin, and for encouraging the artists you work with to make good use of www.theatrebristol.net. You will work with the Theatre Bristol team to evaluate your experience, and facilitate an effective handover to the pair of Associates that follow after you.