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In our Residential Outreach work, we aim to provide young emerging theatre, dance, music and film artists with the opportunity to create work in collaboration with established arts professionals. Our primary aim is not to teach or provide master-classes but to create an ensemble where talented young performers/designers/technicians learn how to develop work in a professional atmosphere and the professionals have the opportunity to explore new ideas within a state of the art facility: the North Wall Arts Centre. It is a two-way street – both the young people and the professional artists have the opportunity to experience company with an emphasis on artistic excellence. Whether we are adapting novels, devising new dance work or re-imagining the classics, the work will always be innovative, challenging and socially engaged. The residency culminates in public performances.
We recruit the young people through nationally held auditions and interviews. The successful applicants are from all social and ethnic backgrounds and from all areas of the UK. They are united by their talent and by their desire to pursue a career in the arts. The residency provides the young people with accommodation, food and the state of the art facilities of The North Wall’s theatre and studios. This is all free of charge ensuring proper access to young artists from all backgrounds as well as creating a working environment that is more equal and collaborative. The expectation is that the young people will work with as much focus and dedication as the professionals – they are embarked on a joint venture and are treated as artists. They learn through doing rather than through being taught.
We believe that this is an invaluable opportunity. For the young people it provides them with the experience of being part of a company producing new work. An understanding of this process will be vital as they go out into the world to forge their careers. The professionals artists are given room to breathe and to experiment with the hope that the work explored and developed during the residency may go on to have a life beyond The North Wall. In the current economic climate, it is a moral and artistic responsibility to provide room for artists to grow new work as well as providing young emerging artists with the experience and tools that will enable them in turn to create their own plays, dance pieces, companies, scripts.