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Moving Parts Scratch Space 2023 - applications open!


Moving Parts Arts is seeking proposals from puppet / visual theatre creators who need a platform to test out new work and collect feedback from audiences. This edition of the Scratch Space will take place at Newcastle Puppetry Festival 2023 in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

Newcastle Puppetry Festival takes place once every two years across the city and includes performances and workshops for adults, children and families, as well as talks, training and networking events for professionals. The festival won The Journal Culture Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2018. Newcastle Puppetry Festival attracts 10,000 people with each edition, a bubbling mixture of local residents, people from around the UK and visitors from all corners of the world. You can find out more about the festival here:

Bursary award for successful applicants:

  • A bursary grant of £400 will be given to support each selected piece. There are 5 bursaries available.

  • It is envisioned that this bursary would be used for travel costs, performance materials or as a contribution towards artist time, however it can be used by successful applicants in whichever way is needed.

  • If desired, successful applicants can use the bursary grant towards their match funding targets for grant applications.

What other benefits do I get from the opportunity?

  • Three nights of accommodation provided 8th-10th April 2023 (check out 11th). This will be in dormitory/youth hostel accommodation. You may need to share dormitory rooms with other Scratch Space companies, however no rooms that we book will be shared with the general public.

  • Feedback from audiences to help shape the future of your piece

  • Lunch and evening meals for three days

  • The opportunity to network with other puppeteers and professionals

  • Tickets to shows presented on 10th April 2023 at the festival.

  • Inclusion in a summary video of the Scratch Space

  • Some previous Scratch Space artists have gone on to be booked at festivals in their main programmes thanks to this opportunity

  • The whole festival will run 8th-16th April 2023. Successful applicants are of course welcome to stay and enjoy the duration of the festival, however this opportunity can only provide accommodation/other support between 8th-11th April 2023.

Closing date: Monday 9th January 2023, 11pm

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