Make Space


Make Space

A new fund for artists

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“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I’ll go to it laughing.” Moby Dick

Make Space 2021 recipients

Congratulations to the Make Space 2021 recipients, announced today, Tuesday 11 May 2021. Follow their journey on our social media #MakeSpace.

- Bridie Gane

- Vee Smith & Sadiq Ali

“We are thrilled to share that our new Make Space artists are Vee Vain and Sadiq Ali – circus artists who want to explore queer circus for young audiences, and the choreographer Bridie Gane, who will investigate what adults can learn from the freedom in the way children move in her project titled Step, Hop, Step, Hop.

We had fantastic proposals from a variety of artists from across Scotland but these in particular really spoke to what the Make Space fund is about – investigating new ways of creating and presenting children’s theatre. I, and the rest of the Catherine Wheels team can’t wait to get stuck in and see what develops.”
Gill Robertson, Artistic Director Catherine Wheels

Follow the Make Space project on our social media channels. #MakeSpace

About Make Space

The Make Space fund invites applicants from across Scotland and across disciplines who are interested in making work for young people, to investigate new ways of creating and presenting children’s theatre. The funding will support two projects with resources to research and develop new ideas over a 6 month period, supported by the Catherine Wheels’ team.

Make Space is a research and development fund for Scotland-based artists to explore what performing arts for children could look like in the new normal, following the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

Make Space 2020 projects

Alison Brown – Hiding Hats
A design-led project, exploring the universal joy in infants from the game Peekaboo.

Memory Monger – Ashley Smith and Simon Donaldson
Researching the need for community in uncertain times through the experiences of two very different characters.

The Hunt (working title) – Ben Winger and Kerry Cleland
Developing an immersive adventure for families, based around a community ‘treasure hunt’.

The Climate Crisis Can’t be Cancelled – Katrine Turner and Fiona Turner
Exploring new ways of creating participatory performance in the school environment with costumes of found materials, interactive “happenings” and a climate summit in a playground.

The Garden – Yvonne Buskie
A design-led project that explores model boxes as an inspiration for storytelling in classrooms.

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