Merchant City Festival & The Work Room Residency

Arts Practice
Deadline: 16.03.2020
Published: 17.02.2020

The Work Room and the Merchant City Festival are collaborating to support a choreographer to explore making work for outdoors/ public spaces and to undertake a period of practical research towards a new piece of work.

Merchant City Festival is the leading outdoor arts festival in Scotland showcasing the most exciting and dynamic Scottish and International work which surprises and delights audiences of all ages and backgrounds, from Glasgow and beyond. It supports and enhances Glasgow’s profile as a world class, modern European city with a vibrant, inclusive and celebratory urban realm.

This opportunity is open to Work Room members who have experience of working in this context as well as those for whom this would be a new departure in their practice.  The opportunity includes:

  • Participation in Birmingham International Dance Festival’s symposium on dance in public spaces, 12 -13 June 2020 ( with travel costs, accommodation & per diems covered
  • A week research residency at The Work Room, 15 – 19 June 2020
  • A placement with the 2020 Merchant City Festival, 2-5 July 2020, with the opportunity to test their creative ideas with the public as part of this
  • A bursary of £2000 for the project
  • Access to support and advice from MCF and TWR staff in taking the project forward, beyond this research phase

Merchant City Festival is committed to Glasgow Life’s Making the Change 2020 initiative to increase the diversity of artists programmed in 2020 and beyond. In support of this, applications from artists of colour and from ethnic minorities are encouraged, and will be prioritised.

See call out for details on how to apply, please note this opportunity is only open to members of The Work Room. See here for information about applying to be a member. 

Applications should be submitted via email to by Monday 16 March.


Image: Still from The Dance WE Made for Merchant City Festival Family Day 2019, Performance & Concept by Tim Casson, Performed by Sarah Blanc, Joe Garbetts, Alice Shepperson & Sara Kemal, filming by Alessandro Mariscalco