New Work Works General Information

Bath Fringe and Streats Ltd. started New Work Works to help perfomers outside other support programmes with a critical stage of the season's New Work. The event is aimed at you (and the audience) rather than at potential bookers – for you to find out whether your new work for this summer really works yet, while you've still got time to fix it! The project offers the opportunity to work with our team to polish your new show before it hits the streets.

Bath is well provided when it comes to sites for outdoor and intervention work, it has tourists looking to be intrigued and entertained, and, after 40 years of street arts events, it also has a large specialist audience eager for new experiences and new talent.

We look to support artists from the South West, but that doesn’t mean others can’t apply, and in particular those with connections and previous form in these parts. We welcome applications from performers from a diversity of backgrounds. We’re after completed shows (even if only first versions) rather than work-in-progress. The chosen performances / performers will be required for Bedlam Fair on Saturday 30th and/or Sunday 31st May. Performance area TBC but will be in central Bath.
This year we are particularly keen to hear from:
• Walkabout & promenade performances that interact or improvise with the public.
But we will also consider the following:
• Installations – we mean mostly performances that can take place within installations, or installations that develop over time – suitable for non-gallery spaces.
• Classic street performance.
• Performances that appear out of nowhere and return there.
• The unexpected.
• Work including interventions in cyberspace or other places in the public realm.
• Pieces that transform their environment.
• Shows whose sets don't look like sets.
• Acts using street furniture or other elements of the everyday environment.

What we provide:
• A per person per performance day fee (£100), accommodation (if required), and some hospitality
• Technical assistance & event infrastructure
• Publicity in Bath Fringe & Bedlam Fair marketing materials
• Online information about you and your show - which we intend will still be a useful resource after the event.
• Time with an suitable qualified director to help polish your performance and refine your existing work.
• A weekend of workshops (taking place on Sat 16/Sun 17 May) led by Gwen Hales focussing on aspects of performing on the street, such as interaction with audiences, as well as the business side of things.
•  Our workshop leaders will be on hand during the performance weekend to advise, and after watching your show will give you an appraisal of what you're doing and things you might like to think about. They will also contact you later in the season to check how things have progressed.
• Provide photos of your work and inclusion in a video of the weekend for your use

How we will choose:
We’ll be picking the proposals that tick our boxes and that would get the most out of what we are offering, but we also keep the audience in mind and try to provide variety and entertainment for them.

Timeline
We're pleased to say that Arts Council England will support this project again in 2020. The application process for performers is open until Feb 29th and we'll contact you again soon after that.

Application Form & acknowledgement of entry
We're using Survey Monkey because it is secure and presents entries well, but the free version doesn't send an acknowledgement message. But after you hit DONE at the end, you should see a screen thanking you for completing the survey: that means we have your info!

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