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Collidescope 2016

Brighton Festival artist development residency: calling artists and creators across the art forms 

Brighton Festival’s artist development residency Collidescope enables a group of mid-career artists to intensively engage with Brighton Festival. Selected artists will attend a wide range of events in the Festival programme; network with fellow participants; reflect on their own practice and current projects; and share conversations with Festival artists from across the genres of the performing and visual arts.

Suitable for artists who have been making work for at least five years, this opportunity will provide an immersive experience through a packed show schedule across the 23 days of Brighton Festival, and the chance to meet Festival artists in up-close encounters. Artists and creators making work in all areas of the performing arts are welcome to apply.

Throughout the experience, the focus is on peer-to-peer creative development, with the goal of potentially creating new marriages of minds for future explorations. The schedule, cherry picked by the Festival programming team will feature the most cross-disciplinary and innovative performances, accompanied by informal facilitated conversations with the producing artists, to generate debate, ideas and inspiration within a multi-disciplinary atmosphere. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences and thoughts through Festival-led social media on a regular basis.

Between 7 - 29 May, the participants will attend approximately 30-35 shows, as well as specially arranged conversations with Festival artists. Tickets for all events will be provided free of charge to participants of Collidescope, who are required to commit in full to the schedule of shows and events as part of the project. The group will attend shows together, which will be an important part of the experience, and will be thoughtfully guided through the experience by the two Collidescope facilitators.

Participants will be selected by application – please note that a significant time commitment is required. Most shows and events will be scheduled for the evenings and weekends, however a number of events, including peer-to-peer sessions will take place during the daytime, so participants need to have a flexible and available schedule.

Applications are now closed.
Decisions announced by 18 Mar
Provisional Collidescope schedule here –please note this is subject to change


'Exhilarating, horizon-expanding, whirlwind of an experience. A privilege to be part of’
Naomi Alexander, theatre director, Collidescope 2015

‘Nurturing and nourishing. I actually wish every festival offered this opportunity to artists!’ 
Sheila Ghelani, performance and installation artist, Collidescope 2014