Building connections with Artists

HARBOUR will provide support, adapting a programme of provision, tailored to artist’s requirements at a crucial time in their development. It aims to enhance the creative potential of practitioners across the city of Portsmouth and the south coast.

This programme is available for artists at varying career levels, who are confident in their practice and artistic vision.

We welcome approaches from those working across different creative genres, programming work through a range of contexts and narratives, and those making work that is particularly concerned with the world we live in, and socially engaged practice.

The programme will run across 18 months, supporting x4 artists or companies throughout that period.

We would like artists to consider outcomes and development that they would like to accomplish over their time with us e.g. creating a new piece of work.

We are looking for practitioners who currently create with one or more of the following objectives:

  • Make inspiring, challenging performance work for both traditional and non-traditional spaces.
  • Use their practice to support communities and the lives of others.
  • That share the Guildhall Trusts core values: To Educate, Inspire, Collaborate and Diversify.


Opportunities that the programme will present:

Package of in-kind support

Creative support: connecting artists to an accessible production space and equipment for rehearsals, technical support and production guidance.

Critical Business development support: access to our artistic team, marketing support, advice on business fundamentals and income generation, and an accessible hot desk.

Seed funding

Each artist or company will receive seed funding (between £500-£1000) to put towards idea development or supporting the development of a project. We would encourage this money be used as match funding for a wider funding application.

We will also try, where possible, to connect you to other paid opportunities.

Artist residencies

Each will receive a 1 week intensive incubation residency, for you to research, develop and create new work. Artists will be encouraged to work towards EMBARK Festival, testing and showcasing their work to an audience.

You will also have access to spaces on other days, subject to availability.

Peer Learning & development

Each cycle will feature peer learning days (Dock Days); an opportunity to reflect, share work, skills and methods with each associate. You would also get free or subsidised places onto professional development masterclasses.

Mentoring, Networking & fostering partnerships

Receive internal mentoring, including the identification of creative and/or business development needs. We will support you to initiate relationships with other venues or organisations, who can support your work further.

Deadline for Applications is 5pm, Monday 29th August 2022. You will be notified within 1 week if we would like to invite you in for an informal conversation.

We welcome applications in alternative formats. You are welcome to send an audio or video recording, covering the questions in the application form. Please send these via WeTransfer, to by the deadline mentioned above.


Interested in applying for Harbour?

Get in touch to discuss how we might be able to support you! FOLLOW THE LINK HERE TO APPLY:

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