04 Apr 2018

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Multi artform creative lab opportunity coming to NZ for first time

Rough Mix New Zealand: artist development residency for experienced and early-career artists from any artform – 28 May - 8 June 2018 (Auckland). Apply by 8 April.

I changed the way I think about my own practice. Possibilities that I’d never considered before became tantalising.
- Ruth Barker, visual artist

The opportunity - for artists & performers

Rough Mix is a paid multi-artform creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development.

Developed by Scottish theatre company Magnetic North and coming to New Zealand for the first time, Rough Mix is a two-week practical opportunity for artists to try out new ideas or new ways of working.

It brings together a small core group of experienced artists from different disciplines and gives them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. The experienced artists work with a group of performers and two early-career artists over a two week period, before making a work-in-progress showing at the end.

Rough Mix New Zealand will run from 9am – 5pm, Monday 28 May to Friday 8 June (including Queen’s Birthday Monday) and will be facilitated by Nicholas Bone, Director of Magnetic North. The majority of the programme will take place at the Basement Theatre in central Auckland. At the end of the two week lab, on Friday 8 June, the work-in-progress of the five lead artists will be shared with an audience.

There have been eight editions of Rough Mix to date, leading to a wide range of new work. Previous participants have included playwrights, composers, choreographers and visual artists. Rough Mix New Zealand will be the first time this renowned artist development residency has taken place outside Scotland. 

Gave me a space to re-think ideas in an environment that was truly sympathetic to experimentation.
- Marisa Zanotti, choreographer/film-maker

Magnetic North and partners

Magnetic North is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It runs a comprehensive artist development programme as well as producing new performance work. Its productions include Our Fathers, a collaboration with multi-award winning playwright Rob Drummond – whose show Bullet Catch was seen at the New Zealand Festival in 2014 – and Pass the Spoon, a collaboration with Turner Prize-nominated artist David Shrigley and composer David Fennessy.

Creative New Zealand is supporting Magnetic North to plan and deliver a Rough Mix in New Zealand. This will take place alongside the NZ/Scotland Playwright Residency and Exchange programme, a collaboration between Magnetic North, Playwrights’ Studio Scotland and Playmarket New Zealand. These projects are funded by Creative Scotland and Creative New Zealand.

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Rough Mix is open to both experienced and early-career artists working in any artform. Selection is through an open call process which is now open.

The closing date for Artists is midnight NZ time (1pm UK) on Sunday 8th April 2018. Late applications will not be considered.

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We are recruiting an ensemble of Auckland-based performers to be part of Rough Mix. We're looking for flexible, open performers from a theatre, performance or dance background to work with a multi artform group of artists who want to explore new ways of working. Experience of improvisational or developmental work would be helpful, but an open mind and a willingness to get stuck in are essential.

The closing date for Performers is midnight NZ (1pm UK) on Sunday 15th April 2018.  Late applications will not be considered.  

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Selection Process

Artists will be selected by a panel comprising: Nicholas Bone, Director, Magnetic North (Scotland); Murray Lynch, Director Playmarket (NZ).

All participants are paid a fee.