New Producers Programme
The New Producers programme from the Architecture Fringe aims to encourage and develop new voices in event organisation, exhibition production, curation, writing and cultural leadership in Scotland - expanding the practice of architecture.
The Architecture Fringe supports agency and inspires change within the built environment. We are a networked volunteer-led organisation of people and projects, rooted in Scotland, who care about the wider common good. We explore architecture within its social, political and cultural contexts.
The New Producers programme is open to anyone with an interest in a progressive future for architecture and the built environment. Working as a small team, with mentorship, close assistance from the Architecture Fringe production team and a small self-directed budget of £2,000, the New Producers will be tasked with creating new cultural work for the Architecture Fringe 2021 Core Programme in June, responding to this year’s thematic provocation of (Un)Learning. The New Producers determine what this cultural work is, with a mixture of creative outputs encouraged.
Upon completion and review the New Producers will be invited to join and replenish the Architecture Fringe production team, to help lead on and contribute to the development and future work of the organisation.
The Architecture Fringe recognises the positive value of a diverse production team reflective of our shared built environment. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all genders, backgrounds and abilities. Applicants need not have gone to university or be professionally qualified. Applicants must have an interest in architecture and the built environment and be based in Scotland.
We’ll be hosting an online information meet-up at 7pm on Zoom on 24th March 2021 where you can ask some questions, bounce ideas around and hear more about the Architecture Fringe, the New Producers programme and the application process.
Our wonderful mentors for the New Producers programme have a broad range of relevant experience. They are:
• Akiko Kobayashi / architect and co-founder of the Architecture Fringe with experience in architecture, education, facilitation, volunteering and organising
• Crystal Bennes / artist, writer and researcher with experience in architecture, writing, curation and press
• Natasha Huq / architect and co-programmer of Talks At The Lane with experience in architecture, education, programming and events
• Andy Summers / architect and co-founder of the Architecture Fringe with experience in architecture, education, cultural production, programming, events, volunteering and organising
Applications for the New Producers programme must be received by 12 noon on Monday 29th March 2021. Please apply here.
The New Producers will be invited to undertake the following work:
• To conceptualise, programme and produce new cultural work for the Architecture Fringe 2021 Core Programme in June, responding to this year’s thematic provocation of (Un)Learning by means of a small self-directed budget of £2,000 provided by the Architecture Fringe
• To coordinate and project manage that work
• To manage monies effectively and within budget for that work
• To develop and produce associated graphics and branding for that work
• To undertake appropriate social media posting and audience engagement for that work
• To undertake appropriate event management and logistics work
• To present, host and be front of house for the new work
Attributes and interests which we feel are beneficial for the programme include:
• Being energetic and engaged
• Being aware of the contemporary landscape of architectural culture in Scotland with ideas on how that might be provoked, diversified and improved
• Being able to work with others in the production of work whilst being able to lead on and complete individual work at hand
• Being able to communicate in a clear and inclusive manner
How being selected for the programme will benefit you and what support you can expect:
• An opportunity to gain direct experience and knowledge of producing new cultural work,
engaging with relevant and wider audiences
• Direct mentoring from established cultural producers
• A platform for new work and new voices
• New connections and networking
• Opportunity to test and experiment within a supported structure
Please upload and tell us the following information here
• Email address
• Why you want to apply for the New Producers programme (250-300 words max)
• What you would like to learn and be mentored in from taking part in the New Producers programme (100-200 words max)
• Give us an example of an idea or project responding to the Architecture Fringe 2021 thematic provocation of (Un)Learning that you would potentially like to produce through the New Producers programme (100-200 words max)
• What you feel you could bring to the focus, work and organising of the Architecture Fringe if invited to join to production team (100-200 words max)
• Single page A4 CV
Application and Programme Timeline
• Thursday 11th March 2021 - New Producers programme launched
• Wednesday 24th March 2021 - New Producers online information meet-up @ 7pm REGISTER HERE!
• Monday 29th March 2021 - Open call for the New Producers programme closes at 12 noon
• Friday 2nd April 2021 - Invitations issued to shortlisted participants
• April & May 2021 - Production time
• Friday 4th - Sunday 20th June 2021- Architecture Fringe 2021
Frequently Asked Questions
• Who can apply to the New Producers programme? Anyone with an interest in architecture and the built environment who is based in Scotland.
• Do applicants have to be architecture students or architects? No, applicants do not have to have gone to university or be professionally qualified, and can have training in any discipline
• Are the New Producers paid for their work? The £2,000 programme budget is to be self-directed by the New Producers - how this is spent is up to the small team with advanced sanction from the Architecture Fringe. The Architecture Fringe is a volunteer-led organisation, and encourages the New Producers to consider using some of their budget to pay themselves a small fee.
• What can the new cultural work for the Architecture Fringe 2021 Core Programme be? The New Producers determine what this cultural work is, with a mixture of creative outputs encouraged, and could include an exhibition, series of online or in-situ events, podcasts, written work, an installation...anything as long the work adheres to contemporary COVID-19 government guidelines.
That’s it! Apply! :-)
We are very excited to launch this programme and look forward to receiving your applications. Thank you! and good luck!