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My Name is… Artist Commission

Tamasha Developing Artists is thrilled to offer an opportunity for members to be involved with Tamasha’s upcoming production of My Name is…  

Deadline for submissions: 5pm on Monday 24th February 2014 

A captivating new play about love, family and ever-shifting identities, My Name is… tells the story behind a story that fleetingly hit headlines in 2006 and continues to resonate throughout the UK and beyond. This moving verbatim play reveals a cross-cultural love story that began in late 70s Glasgow, a world away from the frantic ‘tug of love’ well documented in the world's press.

With the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are offering the opportunity for an artist to lead a participatory-based commission, resulting in a new piece of work. The commission has two distinct phases:

Phase 1 - The artist will devise and deliver a series of workshops to accompany the spring London and Glasgow run of My Name Is… (30 April – 31 May 2014). Using the title of the play as a starting point, the workshops will aim to creatively engage communities in an exploration of the meanings and origins of names, and will draw on some of the broader themes of the play, such as faith, identity and familial ties. We anticipate that there will be approximately 4-5 workshop sessions in total during phase 1, and the artist will work closely with Tamasha and the tour venues to reach out to appropriate local groups, including schools, community centres, and potentially open public spaces. 

Using the material gathered during the workshops, the artist will then develop their own creative response to the play. This could take any form, for example a short play or a short film using narratives from the workshops. 

Phase 2 – On completion of the work, the piece will be showcased during the My Name is…regional tour, in autumn 2014 (dates tbc). Depending on the form used, the work may be a short ‘curtain-raiser’ shown prior to the main production in one or more of the tour venues, or a foyer installation and /or displayed on Tamasha’s online gallery. Alongside the showing of the creative response the artist will lead at least one workshop / artist’s discussion for each of the tour venues, again working closely with Tamasha and the venues to engage the most appropriate participants / audiences for these sessions. 

This opportunity is open to artists from all cultural backgrounds, however, you must be able to demonstrate a strong interest in Tamasha’s work, and have a good understanding of and a particular interest in telling culturally diverse stories. We welcome collaborative applications from artists working together to deliver either different aspects of the project or to split the work across the two phases.

We are looking for artists who:
*have a strong interest in the themes of My Name Is… and a desire to articulate and create their own artistic response to this piece
* have experience of devising and leading creative engagement projects, working with a range of communities, and are available to deliver workshops in the period noted above.
* are interested in developing their skills and experience, specifically in participatory artistic processes.
* have a proven track record of creating artwork in a chosen field and are able to demonstrate that the work has achieved a high professional standard (for example by reviews, peer feedback etc.)
* are passionate and inquisitive and have a genuine desire to further develop their understanding and skills in relation to theatre making
* are proactive, hard-working individuals with excellent communication skills who are organised and able to take the initiative
[Given the participatory nature of this project, artists should have (or should be prepared to get) an up to date CRB check.]

In return Tamasha can offer: 
* A bursary fee of £2000
* The opportunity to attend some of the rehearsals for My Name Is… (in London at the Arcola)
* Access to the creative team and the cast of the production
* Support as required to realise the creative piece – for example artistic mentoring or dramaturgical support (please note that we are not able to provide artists with film-making equipment or support).
* Support with the logistical requirements and co-ordination of the project

The bursary provides funding:
* to support the development and delivery of phase 1 workshops (in London and Glasgow)
* to support the creation of a new response piece
* to deliver workshops during the regional tour in autumn 2014. (If you are not available during this period, you can propose collaborating with another artist to deliver these).
* for travel and other expenses for any out of London activity

Key dates
7-26 April 2014:   Rehearsals
30 April – 31 May 2014:   Production dates in London and Glasgow - phase 1 workshops
June to Sept 2014 (tbc):   Artist to work on creative response
Sept 2014 (tbc):   Regional tour begins - phase 2 showcase and workshops.

How to apply: Please write not more than 1 side of A4 outlining:
* how you would approach the work described
* your suitability / skills and experience
* why this opportunity is important to you - what you want to gain from it and how it will benefit your professional work going forward. 

 Please include CVs for all artists involved and full contact details. [If you are intending to work with other artist(s) during this project, please provide details on their experience, skills and the roles each person will take in its delivery.]  

Applications should be received by 5pm on Monday 24th February 2014 to the address below or by email to  marked ‘My Name is…TDA artists’. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted shortly after this date and will be asked to come in for an informal chat about the role with Tamasha staff.

If you have any further questions about this commission please contact the Tamasha offices on 0207 749 0090 or email

Tamasha gratefully acknowledges support from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.