At AMATA, in order to support both the academic content of our undergraduate courses and our public facing performance programme, we offer performing arts practitioners or small performing arts companies an exciting opportunity to join AMATA as a resident artist or company.

The most common requirement from resident artists is access to studio space. We have detailed what is available below: 

  • A basic induction to AMATA, which will include a tour of the building, studio PA use and basic health and safety. If a more enhanced induction and/or training is required, a fee may be charged to the resident artist/company (by prior arrangement).  
  • Resident artists will have access to the Technical Resource Stores (TRS) during their residency. Equipment is strictly restricted to use within the AMATA building. Equipment that is critical to an artist’s R&D for off-site performances/sharing may be permitted by prior written arrangement of the AMATA Technical & Facilities Manager.  
  • If technical support is required during the residency this will be charged at £30 + VAT per hour, per technician  
  • In terms of dropping off and loading directly outside of the AMATA building, unfortunately there is no free parking at AMATA and all resident artists/companies are required to park in the main Penryn Campus car park (charges apply)  
  • Residency research, development and performances may be possible during the residency period. Due to our teaching and licensing commitments, these activities must be agreed in advance with our Front of House Manager. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss this prior to the submission of your application. 
  • AMATA co-exists as a teaching space and live-arts venue so there are some access restrictions and residencies will be strictly limited during the summer holidays (excluding bank holidays). During the summer, AMATA is open 09:00 - 22:00 Monday - Thursday and 09:00 - 17:00 on Friday - Saturday. AMATA is closed on Sundays. Technical support and kitchen access is limited to 09:00 - 17:00 Monday - Friday.

We expect professional, high-quality performance outputs which meet AMATA’s programming framework, in this order of priority:  

  1. Performances must be aligned with AMATA’s vision: “Inspiring AMATA’s students, to a world of creative possibility”  
  2. Performances are financially sustainable and good value for money. As each residency will be individually negotiated, we’ll discuss performance opportunities with successful applicants. However, we generally do not pay performance fees to resident artists as this fee is in lieu of studio space. 
  3. Performances are available to book at the appropriate time during an academic year. For example, late September to early December or late January to late March.  
  4. Performances fit within the studio theatres at AMATA  
  5. Artists/companies should have a track record of producing high-quality, critically acclaimed work  
  6. Performances contribute to the overall alignment of AMATA’s programme and Falmouth’s Equality & Diversity strategy:  
  7. Performances and agreed wrap-around activities should contribute towards our undergraduate course content 
  8. All marketing content is strong and varied  
  9. Performances should engage the broader student community beyond AMATA  
  10. Performances should engage the public  
  11. Workshops and wrap-around activities should be related to AMATA’s undergraduate courses, as well as those which meet our audience development objectives targeting: 1) AMATA students, 2) the broader student community, 3) residents of Falmouth and Penryn, 4) Cornish residents, visitors to Cornwall and specialist audiences 
  12. Performances offer high quality co-branding and marketing opportunities  
  13. Scratch performances, for our priority and target audiences mentioned above  
  14. Scope for internship and work placement opportunities which benefit AMATA students  
  15. Scope for broader student engagement  
  16. Scope for supporting student recruitment to the undergraduate courses on offer at AMATA  
  17. Inclusion in funding bids to support performance programme activity 

Residency application process

Our residency programme is currently closed. Information regarding new applications will be provided here when available. 

Contact us

For any questions regarding our artist residency programme, you can get in touch with us using the contact details provided below: 

General residency enquiries
James Randell (Front of House Manager)
Pete Hooper (Technical & Facilities Manager)