Building a Future: Artist Emergency Response Programme
A new events programme from Unity Theatre, responding to the immediate needs of artists throughout lockdown. Created in consultation with over thirty creatives from across Liverpool, the response programme looks to a bright future, helping artists develop and share their career skills, networks, and knowledge.
The programme consists of three event series:
- No One Way with… Series: a chance to hear from industry professionals who will share their unique career journeys to date, in the hope of debunking some myths of what the stereotypical ‘arts professional’ looks like.
- The Creative Collective: an online database and networking resource for Liverpool-based artists to connect, collaborate and skills share with fellow creatives.
- Building a Business: a new digital skills programme designed to help artists create a sustainable and successful model for working
All events will be free to attend and delivered in accessible formats including BSL interpretation on request. Please see the event pages below to sign-up and request access support.
We know that a career in the arts can still only seem a sustainable option for a certain kind of person. So, we’ve pulled together a group of writers, producers, directors, performers, and industry professionals to share their career journeys, in the hope of debunking some myths of what the stereotypical ‘arts professional’ looks like.
Our No One Way.. events are weekly informal discussions led by those working in the arts, where they will share their story, offer advice and resources that helped them on their way, and listen to any stories of yours.
The first wave of guests include Luke Barnes (Playwright: The Young Vic, Bush Theatre & Middle Child), Ellie Claughton (Freelancer Producer: Lung, Breach Theatre, Barrell Organ), Gitika Buttoo (Director: The Octagon Theatre, Leeds Playhouse, National Theatre & CAST), Kevin Jamieson (Head of Programme, HOME), Gordon Millar (Artistic Director and CEO, Unity Theatre), Jess Thom (Touretteshero, Performer and Deviser), Matthew Xia (Director), Melissa Johns (Performer and Campaigner for Actors with Disabilities), Scottee (writer, performer and producer) and Nina Hajiyianni (Artists Director, Action Transport Theatre).
The Creative Collective is an online database and networking resource for Liverpool-based artists. Split across five broad areas of practice, the collective gives you the opportunity to connect, collaborate and skills share with fellow creatives, as well as the practical information to link up through a database of artist information.
A programme of monthly-meet up sessions, facilitated by Unity, will allow artists on the database to stay connected through lockdown. The monthly meet-up sessions will allow you to meet others in your field, but will also pair up different practices and disciplines from the following list, to support and develop artist practice:
Directors & Choreographers
Designers, Makers & Digital Artists
Devisers & Writers
Following a series of consultation sessions with creatives across Liverpool about what they’d like to see in lockdown, we’ve developed a new digital skills programme, Building a Business, designed to help artists create a sustainable and successful model for working – basically ‘the boring stuff’ that often stays near the bottom of a to-do list. Workshops include:
Creating an Audience Development Plan
Building your Brand in Lockdown
Programming and Producer Insights
From the Unity Team:
“In these difficult times the Unity team are continuing with every effort to support our artists, audiences and wider communities. We wanted to make sure we are supporting these groups in a way that is meaningful and so have consulted with them to give make sure they get the help they need.
With our Building a Future programme, we hope to meet these immediate needs of artists in the region, supporting them through this difficult time whilst equipping them with the skills, stories and networks to be able to support themselves and each other.”
To find out more about the consultation period, please see here.