About the project
In a new initiative called Radical Creatures, NTW are inviting Welsh women artists to submit extraordinary ideas for live performance. Specifically, we’re looking for an original idea that speaks insightfully of what it means to be a woman in Wales today.
As part of the process, shortlisted artists will be paired with industry professionals who will mentor them to help them develop their proposal. The winning idea will then become a fully staged production as part of NTW’s 10th birthday season in 2020.
“At NTW, we receive markedly fewer ideas submitted by women than men, and proposals from women are often more modest in scale and demand fewer resources. This, I know, does not speak of the reservoir of talent, passion and artistry out there.
I wanted to create Radical Creatures to invite Welsh women artists to be bold. It’s a process that I hope supports them to unleash their imagination, innovation and excellence, fearlessly, to trust us with their ideas and, with our support, build them into their greatest versions.
Please read on to find out what we’re looking for and what you need to do next. I can’t wait to hear from you.”
Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales
What Are We Looking For?
Your idea must be
• Led by (a) Welsh woman/women
• Compelling and innovative
• Ambitious and large-scale
• Have live performance at its core and consider its audience
• New and original.That is, of your devising and not previously submitted to NTW or currently under commission with any other commissioning/production company.
Your idea might
• Explore new writing or devised theatre approaches
• Explore site-specific or conventional theatre contexts
• Include multiple artforms and be interdisciplinary in nature
• Engage with communities
• Have an international perspective
• Include a digital strand or have the capacity for one to be developed in parallel
What do we mean by ‘Welsh women’?
We mean ‘Welsh’ to include anyone born in Wales or now living in Wales.
We mean ‘women’ to include anyone who identifies as a woman, or a trans-woman, or anyone who doesn’t identify with a binary gender, but feels that this call-out is speaking to them.
Do you have to be a professional artist?
No, anyone can apply. You do not have to define yourself or be mainly employed as an artist, but we do ask that you be a professional in the field relevant to your submission. You should be prepared to have a leading role in the further development of your idea and a clear sense of the artistic process that would need to be undertaken to bring it to fruition.
Join us at the Women of the World Festival, Cardiff, 3pm on 25 November 2018, at Chapter Arts Centre, to talk to us about this call-out and about women’s creative work in Wales.
Closing date: noon 18 January 2019
Mentoring: from 11 February 2019
Interviews: week commencing 25 February 2019
Commission announced: March 2019
Please ensure that you include all your contact details and complete the Equal Opportunities Form (for which there’s a link at the bottom of the submissions form).
Your submission should be sent to email@example.com on or before noon on 18 January 2019. We’ll reply to your email to let you know once it has been received safely. Please keep a saved version of your submission for your records.
Please read the full Terms and Conditions below before you send us your idea.
Shortlisted artists will be notified by 8 February 2019, at which point they’ll be offered time with one of our amazing mentors, to get your idea into the best possible shape ahead of interview with our selection panel week commencing 25 February 2019.
When we invite you to interview we’ll ask if we can support you by meeting any access requirements or additional needs you may have.
If your idea has not been shortlisted, we will be in touch to let you know but the extent to which we’re able to offer feedback will depend on the volume of applications we receive. We’ll do our best to be helpful.
If you’re commissioned, we’ll contact you to offer you the commission and discuss the next steps including an announcement. A development and production timescale will be mutually agreed for production in early 2020.
Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions
• By submitting an idea to Radical Creatures, you commit to producing this work with NTW if you are selected. We would advise against submitting an idea if you do not feel you would be in a position to produce it or if it is already under commission with another organisation.
• NTW will have the right to publish generic information about your application without making direct and specific reference to you by name or any other personal data without your permission.
• You also agree to the private storage of your submission by NTW for up to two years from the date of the close of the call.
• Equal Opportunities data you provide will be anonymised and stored separately.
• Applicants must identify as a woman, trans-woman or non-binary person
• Applicants should be Welsh or based in Wales and be able to demonstrate a commitment to the development of new work in Wales.
• Submissions can be submitted in Welsh or English.
• Applicants must not be in full-time education.
• Applicants must be over 18 years old.
Projects must be entirely your own work. Any other creative works, including those out of legal copyright, that are referenced or quoted in your submission must be clearly credited.
• All submissions will be screened to ensure they are eligible immediately after the deadline.
• The eligible submissions, with identifying information removed, will then be provided to each member of the judging panel individually.
• The judges will evaluate submissions using the selection criteria – ‘What we’re looking for’ – and create a longlist.
• They will then collectively produce a shortlist, at which stage they will be able to consult the names, website and supporting information submitted before meeting the artists at interview.
• One idea will be selected and announced as the winning project for production in 2020.
Do you have to be an artist to apply?
Anyone can apply. You do not have to define yourself or be mainly employed as an artist, but we ask that you be a professional in the field relevant to your submission that you have a leading role in the further development of that idea and a clear sense of the artistic process that would need to be undertaken to bring it to fruition.
What happens if I enter?
All entries will be kept by NTW privately for up to two years. We may choose to publish anonymised data from the applications, for example geographical information and inclusion of a set of keywords, abstracted to show the breadth of applications.
What happens if I am longlisted?
You will not know that your idea was longlisted until after the successful proposal has been publicly announced.
What happens if I am shortlisted?
If your proposal is shortlisted, you will be invited to meet the judging panel w/c 4 Feb. You will be asked to present your idea in person, and can bring along supporting material if you wish to, but the emphasis will be on meeting the panel and presenting and discussing the idea.
What happens if my idea is successful?
You will receive a call from NTW to offer the commission. We will then discuss the public announcement of this with you in readiness for the announcement date in March 2019.
How will the selected project be funded?
NTW will commit production funds towards the cost of realising the project and will seek further partnership funding as necessary.
Is it free?
There is no charge to enter.