Do I need to be available every day between September 2016 – June 2017?
Not necessarily. Platfform is not a full-time commitment and we will be flexible as we can to accommodate other work commitments. When working with communities however it’s important to maintain a consistent presence, so if your diary is already full for the next year you may want to consider applying next year instead.
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?
We welcome applications from organisations, new or existing partnerships. We’ll expect you to be able to demonstrate why you’ve chosen to work together and how you will work collaboratively during the residency.
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?
Please contact Olivia at email@example.com or 029 2061 3782 and we will strive to make the information available in a different format or put support arrangements in place. You can also talk to us about submitting your application in a different format if it makes it easier for you.
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?
Theatr Iolo will pay a daily rate up to a maximum amount of days, but this will differ depending on the number of people involved in the submission. You will only be paid for days worked, and will not be able to invoice ahead of any days worked. 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?
Yes. Platfform is a three-year programme. The intention is to do a third and possibly final call-out sometime in 2017. There will also be learning and CPD training opportunities for the sector to get involved in throughout the next two years.