Space to Create: Free Artist Hire 2020 - Unity Theatre

Following local lockdown announcements we’d like to remind you that as a workplace for artists and education throughout workshop and courses, we are still open and operating under our phases reopening schedule and new COVID restrictions. Please see here for our COVID guidance. 

We have currently reached capacity for Space to Create August – November 2020, but please do fill in the form below as we can add you to our weekly last minute availability newsletter and be the first to let you know about December availability and Space to Create 2021 (starting in February).

From the week of the 31st August our building will be open and available for artists and creatives to apply for free rehearsal and development space between September and December.

As we all adjust to offline working once again, in offering our building up for free as a space to create, explore and rediscover our art, we acknowledge the resilience shown by artists throughout this time and look forward to working with you towards an exciting future.

What can the space be used for?

The space can be used for free by a maximum of 10 people, for up to a five-day period for the following activities:

  • Rehearsal
  • Workshops
  • Auditions
  • Script Development
  • Company Catch-ups

What do I need to do to apply?

Using the form below you can register your interest and outline the following detail:

  • Who you are
  • What activity you are using the space for
  • Your Project
  • Your week availability
  • Any access needs you have
  • How many days you require the space for
  • How many people are in your company
  • If you require technical support

We also welcome applications in other formats including audio recordings, video application and a one-page document outlining the above details. Please send to

What happens next?

We will then respond to you request with further information and confirmation, subject to availability. We are anticipating high demand for space so please use this form to provide us with as much information as possible to help us allocate the space. Please request space at least 2 weeks before you require it so we can give you the best opportunity to receive our support.

Our Safety Commitment:

Your use of the building will require you to adhere to our new safety and social distancing measures, more detail of which can be found here.

This pilot project will form part of a new programme of work to be announced mid-September for our 40th anniversary, expanding our current artist support and talent development programme to equip local artists for a sustainable future.

Register for space using the form below. For any further questions please email

Artist Space Hire Request Form

  • Use this box to tell us a small bit about yourself / company
  • Are you using the space for Rehearsal, Auditions, Workshops, Company Meetings, Technical Work, Development or other?
  • Use this space to tell us any further details about the project you wish to use the space for.
  • We recommend selecting all dates you are available rather than just a singular week.
  • We only allow a maximum of 5 days in a row in your chosen week.
  • We only allow a maximum of 10 people to use the space at any one time, this included creatives.
  • Let us know in advance, so we can look into it
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.