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flip Artists is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in partnership with high profile arts organisations in Scotland. Together we are offering 8 – 10 learning and development opportunities to artists to develop their artistic practice or career through a supported programme of mentoring and training.
We will also showcase work created during the individual development programmes to create opportunities and networks, and work with the wider sector to remove persistent barriers that exist for disabled people in the arts.
There are many great high profile disabled artists working in Scotland and across the UK but it is less clear where the next generation are coming from. flip Artists want to find artists facing barriers to realising their full potential due to being disabled or experiencing long-term health conditions.
flip Artists will also exist to build on the learning that has happened over the last ten years, both through disability arts focused initiatives and the achievements of individual artists.
Artists’ programmes may include mentoring, peer support, shadowing, training, ideas development or work experience – whatever is required to unlock your potential as a professional artist. It is anticipated that all artists will have opportunities to showcase work that has been developed or enriched by the process.
Those working in performing arts may be entered into the FST mentoring programme Step Up and paired to work with a mentor from January 2015 (artists must be free to attend an induction 5th December).
Through the main partner organisations there will be opportunities to attend courses and use facilities and resources.
Where possible we will look for opportunities for artists to come together. This includes a bespoke The Teaching Artist module at RCS.
Your access requirements will be discussed in detail from the outset at the initial contact meeting.
Artists from all other art forms may be paired with mentors if mentoring is identified as a need. Mentoring is a structured process and we will recruit and match mentors and mentees carefully, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of our partners. We will only work with trained mentors. If a relationship is set up that is not with a trained mentor we will be clear that this is another form of relationship and process.
Less formal coaching or peer support will be put in place if input from other artists or professionals will be more beneficial in a particular area of development.
For mentors that are involved flip will provide disability equality training to ensure that individuals are skilled up. This also applies to any organisations that are involved that could benefit from training.
Artists will agree a programme of activity with flip and will be expected to attend learning opportunities that have been made available to them.
The initiative is open to disabled artists of all ages who are based in Scotland and who aspire to work professionally. To apply to the programme artists must;
- aspire to a professional career in the arts
- be ready for a period of critical development including working with mentors
- have a quality idea to develop and / or a professional development need
- be able to provide evidence of existing work or experience
- identify as being disabled or as experiencing a long-term health condition
- be based in Scotland
For full information see the Application Guidelines
If you have any concerns you can get in touch to discuss these. We will help as much as we can and will be clear about what we can and cannot do. We will update this FAQ with answers to queries received.
We aim to notify applicants of outcomes by Friday 14th of November TBC.
Please get in touch, we will endeavour to sign-post you to someone that can help. We will be honest about what we can and cannot do and how quickly we can respond.
We will be flexible and adapt to what you need, using all of the resources at our disposal. In return we are looking for a serious level of commitment from you and a willingness to be challenged.
You will be informed if you have been selected for a Step Up menteeship.
Mairi and Robert have been working together as flip – Disability Equality in the Arts since 2010 as consultants, trainers and project managers. Together we have 22 years of experience and are passionate about working with others to realise our goals.
Robert is also Co-Artistic Director of partners Birds of Paradise, which is providing a home for the initiative as well as bringing its experience as a theatre company. BoP has a longstanding and ongoing commitment to developing disabled artists in the performing arts sector in Scotland.
Federation of Scottish Theatre
Federation of Scottish Theatre is providing places on its mentoring programme Step Up and successful applicants who match programme criteria will be offered a mentor to work with. FST membership will also be automatic for performing artists.
National Theatre of Scotland
The National Theatre of Scotland is providing extensive resources such as rehearsal space, technical equipment and access to its artistic team.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is providing access to training and development opportunities within its Short Courses portfolio and The Teaching Artist module. More information about courses at RCS can be found here.
Dundee Contemporary Arts
Dundee Contemporary Arts is offering access to its resources and providing artist in residence and education experience options.
flip are also supported by Artlink Central and engage Scotland through involvement in the Steering Group.
Once the artists have been selected and their individual development programmes devised flip will reach out to additional partners in the sector as appropriate. flip Artists aims to be responsive to the individual artists and so additional relationships will be explored wherever possible.
If you are an arts organisation and would like to get involved please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Steering Group and Selection Panel
The Steering Group is made up of representatives from the partner organisations, flip, Birds of Paradise and individual artists, and will meet four to six times during the course of the programme. The group will oversee the initiative, have involvement in selection and will feed directly into artists’ development. The Steering Group has a wealth of experience and is made up of highly experienced individuals who bring a wealth and breadth of experience to the programme.
The Selection Panel will consist of members of the Steering Group and disabled artists. There will be an open call for members of the Selection Panel to provide an opportunity for disabled artists interested in getting involved.
Claire Cunningham Artist
Sarah Derrick Dundee Contemporary Arts
Kevin Harrison Artlink Central
Maggie Kinloch Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Caroline Newall National Theatre of Scotland
Garry Robson Birds of Paradise
Sarah Yearsley engage Scotland
Robert Gale & Mairi Taylor flip
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. They do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.
The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. They make grants of £30 – £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. They also operate a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.