How do you define ‘family’?
Good question! The shape of families in modern Wales is diverse and broad, and nowadays often doesn’t look like the 2.4 model of two children and two parents living together as one family unit. The definitions are constantly changing and so for this year of the programme we are working to the Family Arts Campaign’s definition of a family: a group of two or more people where at least one is over the age of 16 and one is under.
We are very interested in talking to artists from all backgrounds who are interested in reflecting the different shapes, sizes and set-ups of what modern family units look like.
Can I talk to someone before making an application?
Yes, absolutely! If you want to find out more about the programme or would just like to make contact with the Platfform team before deciding whether you’d like to apply, you can! Over the next few weeks, our Associate Producer, Olivia Harris along with Wynne Roberts, Director and The Welfare, Ystradgynlais, Ystradgynlais and Gillian Mitchell, Head of Theatre, Arts and Culture at The Riverfront will be available to talk to artists about Platfform and its many possibilities. You can catch us at:
The Riverfront, Newport Wednesday 12th July 10.30am – 1.30pm
Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff Thursday 13th July 10am – 5pm
The Welfare, Ystradgynlais, Thursday 20th July midday – 2pm
These slots are open to any artist or organisation who may be eligible and wants to find out more. You should contact Olivia to book in a 15 minute slot before attending. These are not interviews, but having an idea of the questions you want answered may help you get the most out of your slot.
If you can’t make these dates and times, let us know and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.
Do I need to be available every day between September 2017 – April 2018?
Not necessarily. Between September and December we imagine you’ll be working on the project a few days each month. However, the development phase is more condensed for year three so we do expect you to have availability between January – April to commit to this.
I applied last year but wasn’t successful. Can I reapply?
Yes of course!
Do I need to be based in Wales?
We ask that every applicant is able to demonstrate a strong connection to Wales. This is very important, but you don’t necessarily need to be from or based in Wales to do that. We are willing to discuss ways of making that work with artists currently based outside of Wales from within the existing budget allocation.
I’m an independent artist but I don’t want to apply on my own. What should I do?
That’s fine - we also welcome applications from organisations, new or existing partnerships. We’ll expect you to be able to talk to us about why you’ve chosen to work together and how you will work collaboratively during the residency in your application and, if applicable, at interview stage.
Can I make my submission in Welsh?
Yes – we accept applications in English and Welsh and will do our best to accommodate other languages too.
I may experience some barriers filling in the form. What should I do?
Get in touch to let us know and we will help you to access the application information and complete your application. Please note you can submit your form in text, video or audio formats. If you need any further support, for example the application documents in a different format please contact Olivia at email@example.com or 029 2061 3782.
Where can I find more information on the programme?
The website is your best place for all the information. You can also follow @iolo_platfform for updates or check out the blog: http://platfform.cymru
Platfform is managed by Theatr Iolo’s Associate Producer Olivia Harris. If you would like to chat to Olivia about the programme and a possible application you can drop her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note every effort will be made to meet all meeting requests subject to capacity.
How do Platfform artists get paid?
Artists are paid a daily rate, by invoice. This will be managed by the artist(s) and the Associate Producer. Please note you won’t be a member of Iolo staff and will still be responsible for your own NI and holiday.
If I am successful, will I meet the other successful Platfform artists?
Yes! We’re keen to develop a network of artists and theatre-makers working across disciplines, across the three years of the programme who can support each other. This could include anything from social events and Facebook groups to setting up new partnerships and collaborations with artists you meet through the programme. This is part of your collateral as a Platfform artist and you should use it wisely and boldly!
I don’t fit with the descriptions of emerging artists but I’d still like to be involved in some way.
You still can be. We will be advertising for mentors to support the artists, once we know more about what they want to do during their residency. These will be paid roles and will be open to practitioners with more experience in the worlds of working with communities and theatre for young and family audiences. Check the website or follow @iolo_platfform for updates.
I’m not sure I’m ready to apply this year. Will there be another call-out?
At this point we’re not sure, but there will be learning and CPD training opportunities for the sector to get involved in and we’re always keen to meet artists interested in work for young audiences so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’ve got an idea!
Reminder – make sure you’ve read every tab before making an application. And if you’ve got any questions, get in touch!