Lyra : Bright & Wild 2023 Performing Arts Commission x 2

Closing date: Fri 12 Aug 2022: 12am

Lyra is looking to commission two experienced Performing Arts practitioners to create two new performance pieces for the 2023 Bright & Wild festival in collaboration with Lyra’s Young Artists.

Job Title: Lead Artist – Performing Arts x 2
Reports to: Engagement Producer
Contract: Fixed Term Freelance, eight months
Hours: Weekly sessions for three Terms covering 26 weeks, including one induction, two days delivering taster workshops, two days intensive rehearsal and five days in production week. (31 days at £155 per day)
Location: Artspace, 11 Harewood Road, Edinburgh EH16 4NT and throughout the Greater Craigmillar area.

Each Commission includes:
• Lead Artist fee of £4,805
• A budget of £2,000 for materials and collaborators
• Free theatre and studio space at Lyra
• Free hot desk office space at Lyra
• Facilitator and Youth Arts Worker to collaborate with and support the sessions
• Producer, creative mentoring and dramaturgical support
• Opportunities to share the progress of the work with audiences and industry professionals

Who can apply?
Artists from any live performance background are welcome to apply including dance, parkour, music, circus, installation, theatre, storytelling, live art, moving image and more. Cross-disciplinary proposals from independent artists, collectives or companies are also welcome.

The Groups:
Wednesdays: Performing Arts (P3-5)
Thursdays: Performing Arts (P6-7)
The Performing Arts Groups are made up of mixed ability groups, aged 8-10 (Wednesday) & 10 -12 (Thursday). They do not need to have prior experience of any form of performing arts to join in. Most participants are therefore at beginner level.

Weekly Sessions
The successful Artists (or a collaborator) will work either with the Wednesday or Thursday Performing Artists groups on a weekly basis from October 2022 – May 2023. They will lead sessions in collaboration with their Facilitator and Youth Arts Worker team to develop the commissioned work alongside Lyra’s Young Artists. The final performances will be presented in the w/c 8 May or w/c 15 May 2023.

w/c 3 Oct – 17 Oct 2022 (two weeks)
w/c 24 Oct – w/c 5 Dec 2022 (seven weeks)
w/c 9 Jan – w/c 6 Feb 2023 (five weeks)
w/c 20 Feb – w/c 20 Mar 2023 (five weeks)
w/c 10 Apr 2023 (two days of intensive rehearsal)
w/c 17 Apr – w/c 1 May 2023 (three weeks)
w/c 8 May – w/c 15 May 2023 (production weeks)
w/c 29 May 2023 – trips to the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival

Applicants should be available for the majority of the dates, however, the materials/collaborators budget can be used to bring in other Artists to cover sessions when the lead Artist is working elsewhere.

For further information, please contact (Anna Plasberg-Hill) or visit

Closing date: Fri 12 Aug 2022: 12am