A £30,000 commissioning award for a new piece of theatre for under 5s

Farnham Maltings and Arts Partnership Surrey in association with Take Art are looking to commission and present an initial tour of a new performance piece for under 5s.

The commission is for £30,000 - paid in 4 installments – when awarded, at the start of the rehearsal process, at the start and at the end of the tour. This is to cover all the associated costs of development, producing and an initial three week ‘tour’ of Surrey and Somerset of the finished work. It may be that the successful company brings their own additional resources or supplements this award with a G4A award or other funding.

In addition the commissioners will offer, where possible, contacts, advice, specialist intelligence,equipment, producing expertise, rehearsal space, etc.

Ideally we would like the commission delivered in autumn 2012 or spring 2013 - there is a potential opportunity to present within KinderGardens in Somerset of November 2012. The commission assumes eight days of performance in Surrey and four in Somerset which will be booked and organised by the commissioning partners.

We have an aspiration to deliver the final piece through the Children’s Centre network but have no view on the form, content, presentation or length of the finished piece. We hope the project will inspire professional development opportunities for early year’s artists, practitioners and carers.

The finished piece will be credited in this initial tour and any further performances as having been commissioned by Farnham Maltings and Arts Partnership Surrey in association with Take Art.

This commission is open to everyone. We are interested to hear from individual artists, new collaborations, established and new organisations.

How to apply:

1. An open call for a one page declaration of interest describing what the idea is, who you are and why we should work with you

.Closing date 24th February 2012.

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2. From these a shortlist of 10 – 12 will be asked to produce more detailed proposal to include a fuller description of the idea, biog’s of potential artists, budget, other sources of income, recent artistic experiences, etc.

Deadline 23rd March 2012

3. From these we will select 3 – 6 for interview on either the 2nd or 3rd April 2012