An inspiring, two-week residency in response to climate change. We are looking for up to 13 adventurous and collaborative artists from different artistic disciplines and all at different stages of their careers to attend and take part.
National Theatre Wales, in partnership with Natural Resources Wales and with support from the National Trust, British Council Wales and Snowdonia National Park, present
1-13 July 2019
Snowdonia National Park
Climate change is the most urgent issue of our times and will affect every single one of us and the generation to come.
Now more than ever we need the arts and culture to help us respond; to provoke and motivate us by offering ideas that challenge our perceptions and influence our behaviours.
Egin aims to kick-start fresh artistic responses to the topic. Taking creative experimentation as its starting point, Egin seeks to inform new practice, imagine possible futures, and inspire sustainable approaches to living.
What is EGIN?
What is Egin*?
A two-week residency in response to climate change. We are looking for up to 13 adventurous and collaborative artists from different artistic disciplines and all at different stages of their careers to attend and take part.
The group will be made up of artists from Wales and further afield.
Recognising that ongoing climate change will necessitate changes in our ways of working and living, the residency will include:
- discussions between academics, visiting artists and renowned thinkers in the field of climate change and related issues, with a local, national and international perspective
- engagement with the local community to gain insight and understanding into the specific context here in Wales
- the development and testing of new performance ideas in relation to climate change amongst a supportive network of peers with support, challenge and coaching from our key partners (see below)
The spirit of the residency will be one of challenge and imagination, while the support provided by NTW and partners will provide a safe environment in which to be creatively experimental.
*The Welsh word egin is a noun meaning buds or shoots
Where is it?
The residency will be held in the northern reaches of Snowdonia National Park.
We will draw on the inspiring Welsh landscape and its social history together with insight from active local communities.
Who are we looking for?
This is a call-out for any Welsh or Wales-based artists who are:
- interested in making performance in a variety of collaborative artistic forms including, but not limited to: theatre, choreography, live art, installation and digital practice
- willing to participate as an active group member, collaborating on
new ideas and sharing practice
- at any stage of their careers – from emerging to established
- able to demonstrate and evidence a genuine interest in
sustainable practice, and the theme of environmentalism
- committed to exploring the impacts climate change is having on our lives, and the world we live in
- excited by the unknown and by the possibility of the new
Here’s what past NTW residential artists have said about their experiences:
“Two weeks of residency, with nothing expected of us but open and inquisitive minds. Surrounded by artists making and sharing; where being distracted from your own project meant taking the morning off to to create some music for someone’s solo piece half way up a hill, or turning a trip to the shops into a flaneur-inspired road-trip movie. Forging collaborations and friendships that continue to this day.”
Jac Ifan Moore, director
National Theatre Wales are hosting Egin in partnership with Natural Resources Wales:
Natural Resources Wales was established in 2013 to care for and advise on the natural environment in Wales and its natural resources. It is the largest Welsh Government sponsored body and has a wide range of roles, including: advising Welsh Government, land owners/managers and the public; regulating industry on environmental matters; designating protected sites and landscapes; and managing 7% of Wales’ land area, including the Welsh Government Woodland Estate, National Nature Reserves, flood defences, visitor centres, recreation facilities and a laboratory. NRW is proud to be leading the way to a better future for Wales by managing the environment and natural resources sustainably.
We thank the following partners for their generous support:
British Council Wales brings the best of international education and arts to Wales and helps Welsh students, teachers, artists and others connect professionally with people around the world. We enrich people’s lives here in Wales and abroad by encouraging and supporting this interplay of ideas, skills and experiences.
The National Trust was founded in 1895 to care for places of historic interest or natural beauty, forever, for everyone. In Wales the charity cares for more than 45,000 hectares of countryside, 157 miles of coastline as well as some of the finest castles and gardens. The Trust is the largest conservation organisation in Europe, supported by five million members, more than 160,000 of whom live in Wales. As a charity it relies on membership subscriptions, gifts and other voluntary support to meet its annual conservation and maintenance costs.
Situated on the west coast of Britain covering 823 square miles of diverse landscapes, Snowdonia National Park is a living working area, home to over 26,000 people. As well as being the largest National Park in Wales, Snowdonia boasts the highest mountain in England and Wales, and the largest natural lake in Wales, as well as a wealth of picturesque villages like Betws y Coed and Beddgelert. Snowdonia is an area steeped in culture and local history, where more than half its population speak Welsh.
Snowdonia attracts thousands of visitors each year who enjoy its amazing landscapes and the wealth of outdoor activities on offer. The National Park Authority’s aims are to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area; promote opportunities to understand and enjoy its special qualities; and to foster the economic and social wellbeing of its communities.
National Trust Images / John Miller