Covid Update (June 2020) >> Since the Covid-19 pandemic struck, we have been offering our Nest Residencies as Work From Home, with funding and mentoring support offered remotely/digitally rather than in person. We’re really pleased with how adapting the residencies in this way has allowed us to continue to support artists in what are still extraordinarily difficult times - although we recognise that this format might exclude artists for whom working from home remains difficult.
As lockdown begins to loosen, we are still keen to find ways to support artists to explore new ideas and we remain *very keen* to continue to receive applications from D/deaf or disabled and/or Midlands-based artists for our Remote Nest Residencies. If you wish to apply but would find working from home difficult for whatever reason, please get in touch - these residencies are designed to be flexible and to support the artists in whatever way works best for them, and we are happy to have conversations that enable more artists to be supported. We should also mention that, although success cannot be guaranteed, we will welcome further applications from those we support now, at a point when we are in a better position to offer physical space.
You can fill in the online form to apply for a residency here. If you’d prefer to submit your idea as a video or in another form, that’s fine by us. For details of how to apply and FAQ's, see below... [Please bear with us if it takes a day or two to get back to you, we will be as quick as we can!]
» Are you a D/deaf or disabled and/or Midlands-based artist with a creative idea you would like to take to the next level?
Are you a D/deaf or disabled artist with a creative idea you would like to take to the next level? Are you a Coventry/Midlands-based artist or company with a new show that you’d like to develop? If so, Talking Birds is offering supported residencies at The Nest (our incubation space in Coventry, UK City of Culture 2021) to artists working in any medium - performance, visual art, film, sound/music, mixed-media....
Pick the level you would like to apply at:
Gives you a few days of space, time and a sounding board to help you develop your idea
Gives you a supported residency space for up to 2 weeks to enable you to nurture your idea
» First Flight
Gives you a supported residency space for 1-2 months to launch your idea to into the world (with an initial public sharing)
Tell us what your idea is / what you would like to do, what sort of space you would need and when you would like to do it. You can fill in the online form here. If you’d prefer to submit your idea as a video or in another form, that’s fine by us. See the FAQs below for more information.
If we think we might be able to support your idea, we’ll be in touch to arrange a conversation.
Who can apply for Nest residency programme?
Any artist or small company can apply, but priority will be given to D/deaf and disabled artists, and artists based in Coventry or the Midlands.
When’s the deadline?
We’ve got a rolling deadline, and in this round we’re looking to support residencies on an ongoing basis until 2022.
What spaces are available for working in?
In 'normal times' we would try and match up your idea with a suitable space - which might range from a large-ish area in an industrial unit to somewhere small and cosy, but during the Covid-19 pandemic, all residencies will be work-from-home.
Will I get paid for my time?
This is a supported residency programme so we will offer you some financial support for your time in addition to space and a project mentor/sounding board if needed.
I’m on benefits, can I still apply?
Yes, we’ll do our best to make the residency work for you,
I’ve got a full time job, can I still apply?
You need to be able to commit enough time to your residency to make it worth while, but if you can give us a plan for your working pattern that works around your other work, that’s fine by us.
I’m a student, can I still apply?
Current Undergraduates are not eligible, but postgrads will be considered as long as you can demonstrate that it will fit around your studies.
I’ve got particular access needs, how will these be taken into account?
We’ll do our level best to provide space and support that is tailored to you.
I’m a disabled artist based outside the region but interested in developing work in Coventry. Can I get help with travel and accommodation?
If I Hatch an idea that I then want to take to Fledgling or First Flight stage, can I reapply?
Who is funding this?
Arts Council, England, through its support of Talking Birds as a National Portfolio Organisation.
Who/what is Talking Birds?
Talking Birds is a nationally renowned, Coventry-based company of artists specialising in Theatre of Place.
What are Talking Birds’ core values and do mine have to align with them?
We believe in making work in an environmentally sustainable way that puts access at the heart of its process - you can find out more on our website. We’d like to know how your residency will be consistent with these values and/or show a commitment to exploring them.
Why is Talking Birds running this programme and has it done this before?
We want to support the burgeoning creative life of our home city and in particular create the right conditions for D/deaf and disabled artists to develop their work. Although the Nest residencies are new, Talking Birds has a track record of curating project development and residency opportunities for other artists: we previously ran the FarGoSpace programme in (what’s now) FarGo Village, we run a series of open auditions for performers called Open Cast, and we convene the F13 Artists’ Network. We have also developed a mobile captioning tool called the Difference Engine to help make experimental performances (by us and other artists/companies) more accessible. Running the Nest residency programme is also a great excuse for Bird-related puns.
Will my project supporter/mentor be one of the TBs team?
Yes if we have the right skills to support you - but we will work with you to identify what sort of support you need and may draw on one of our many partner/collaborators to work with you. In-house expertise and interests include: creative development, theatre-making, site-specific work, design, composition and sound design, making work accessible, strategic planning, evaluation, finance and funding.
Where will the residency be based?
Coventry - UK City of Culture 2021 (did we already mention that?)
Sounds brilliant! How do I apply?
You can fill in the online form here. If you’d prefer to submit your idea as a video or in another form, that’s fine by us.