We’re really excited to be part of the new cohort of Northern Stage Associate Artists, working alongside the Northern Stage team to create a new coproduction to be staged in 2020. What a pleasure to be going on this journey alongside our fellow Associates Ballet Lorent, Curious Arts, Gateway Studio Project and Luca Alexandra Rutherford.
The Associate Artist’s Programme is part of Northern Stage’s ongoing commitment to support the independent sector in the North East. This new two year programme will support a diverse range of established North East artists and companies at different stages of their careers who are looking to make a step change in their practice, whether that’s touring on a different scale, collaborating across different art forms, or finding ways to work with new technology. It will complement existing schemes for emerging artists, such as Northern Stage’s own NORTH programme.
Executive Director Kate Denby explains, “We see our Associate Artists very much as partners, and our rela- tionship as mutually beneficial: we are able to share our skills and resources to support the development of their creative practice and professional development, and we ask them to contribute their own skills and ex- perience to inform and invigorate our work. Through close collaboration, Northern Stage and Associate Art- ists can be advocates for each other and for the wider sector in our region.”
Associate Director Mark Calvert is leading the programme, and will be working with each of the five Associ- ate Artists to develop a bespoke package of support, as well as helping to facilitate peer to peer learning across the group. Mark said, “I’m really excited about the potential for our Associate Artists to become part of a wider creative network – collaborating not just with Northern Stage, where they’ll be encouraged to con- tribute to what we do in each of their respective and diverse areas of expertise, but with each other, and the wider creative community here in the North East.”