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.
About AMATA Arts Centre
The AMATA Arts Centre at Falmouth University houses flexible theatre spaces; performance, rehearsal & recording studios; a box office and a café bar. It functions both as a teaching space and an Arts Centre.
AMATA delivers nine undergraduate courses and one postgraduate degree course, including:
- Acting BA(Hons)
- Creative Music Technology BA(Hons)
- Dance & Choreography BA(Hons)
- Music BA(Hons)
- Music Business MA
- Musical Theatre BA(Hons)
- Popular Music BA(Hons)
- Sound Design BA(Hons)
- Technical Theatre Arts BA(Hons)
- Theatre & Performance BA(Hons)
AMATA is a place where future generations are ignited by a world of creative possibility
Our mission is, “to unlock the full creative potential of students studying at AMATA, by co-curating a programme of contemporary, accessible, high-quality, performance and participation with our students. This ranges from music, theatre to dance and comedy. We encourage the local community to engage with our programme and venue in meaningful, relevant and lasting ways. We do this so that new genius, creativity and collaborations are both discovered and nurtured.”
Each residency contract is individually negotiated depending on:
The most common requirements from ‘resident artists’ is access to studio space. Below is a detailed list of what is also available:
- A period of 1-2 weeks of access to studio space at AMATA, taken in minimum blocks of 1 week.
- A basic induction to AMATA, which will include a tour of the building, studio PA use and basic Health & Safety. If a more enhanced induction and/or training is required, there may be a charge to the resident artist/company (by prior arrangement).
- Resident artists will have some access to the Technical Resource Store (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 (proof of public liability insurance will be required).
- If technical support is required during the residency this will be charged at £30 + VAT per hour, per technician.
- Drop off and loading directly outside of the AMATA building. Unfortunately, there is no free parking at the Arts Centre and all resident artists/companies are required to park in the main Penryn Campus car park (charges apply).
- The residency may be used to research, develop, or rehearse new work.
- Work-in-progress showings may be possible during the period by prior arrangement but must be scheduled during our opening hours of 9-5, self-promoted, and use the booking system provided by AMATA. Artists are signposted to the Made in Cornwall Scratch Night Series (held throughout the year in venues around Cornwall), which provides an ideal opportunity to test out and gain feedback on new ideas in front of an audience.
- Due to our teaching and licencing commitments, all residency activities must be risk assessed and agreed in advance with our Front of House Manager. We would welcome opportunities to discuss this prior to an application being submitted.
- AMATA co-exists as a teaching space and Arts Centre so there are some access restrictions and residencies will be strictly limited to the summer period between 1 June – 31 August 2024 (excluding the week commencing 3 July and the August Bank Holiday).
- Access to AMATA and Technical support will be during the working hours of 09:00 – 17:00, Monday to Friday.
This can be one or more of the following:
- We particularly welcome the provision of enhancement workshops and wrap-around activities that are related to AMATA’s undergraduate courses and aimed at our students. Ideally these would be offered during the term time (from October – early December 2024 and from January – April 2025) when students are present, rather than in the summer period where mostly they are not. This may include a one-off workshop or a multi-day workshop. Generally, Wednesday afternoons are the preferable time for these to take place.
- Workshops that help us to meet our community engagement objectives, targeting the following audiences:
- AMATA students
- The broader Falmouth University student community
- Residents of Penryn and Falmouth
- Cornish residents, visitors to Cornwall and specialist audiences
- High quality co-branding and marketing opportunities for Falmouth University.
- Internship and work placement opportunities which benefit AMATA students.
- Supporting student recruitment to the undergraduate courses on offer at AMATA.
- Inclusion in funding bids to support performance programme activity.
We are also interested in professional, high-quality performance outputs which meet AMATA’s programming framework in this order of priority:
- Any performance in line with AMATA’s vision, 'Inspiring AMATA’s students, to a world of creative possibility.'
- The performance is value for money, financially sustainable. As each residency will be individually negotiated, we will 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.
- The performance is available to book at the appropriate time during an academic year (i.e. late September – early December or late January to mid-March).
- The performance fits within the studio theatres at AMATA.
- The artist/company has a track record of producing high-quality, critically acclaimed work.
- The performance contributes to the overall alignment of the Arts Centre and Falmouth University’s Equality & Diversity strategy: falmouth.ac.uk/diversity
- The performance or agreed wrap-around activities contribute towards our undergraduate course content or enhancement.
- Marketing content is strong and varied.
- The performance engages the broader Falmouth University student community beyond AMATA.
- The performance engages the public.
Residency application process
In 2024, AMATA has one deadline for Summer 2024 residency programme applications: Wednesday 21 February, 2024.
This date is intended to allow applicants confirmation of the residency ahead of submitting a £30,000+ Arts Council England application and allowing 12-weeks between submission and the residency, should the funding application be successful.
Applications will be assessed by a panel, which will consider the ‘value’ and ‘quality’ of the residency to our work as a teaching space and high-quality Arts Centre venue, considering the in-kind value requested from AMATA.
To help applicants calculate the in-kind value and consider this in relation to the offer being proposed, our studios vary from £90 + VAT per day for a capacity of 10 people, to £300 + VAT per day for a studio capacity of 60 (some of these have semi-sprung floors) and £600 + VAT per day for our studios with a seated capacity of 150 (some of these have sprung floors).
A quote based on your proposed application can be provided in advance of application with suitable notice by emailing: email@example.com.
Applications are now closed for summer 2024 residencies. Our 2025 residency programme will be launched in the autumn.
You can use this form to help you draft your application:
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)
Residency programme terms & conditions
- Residency applications will not be considered if they are submitted after the deadline.
- AMATA’s decision is final, but feedback will be provided where appropriate.
- The outcome of residency applications will be provided approximately 15 working days following application deadlines.
- Approved applications must comply with contractual agreements and all timelines stipulated.
(Accurate at the time of publishing – December 2024. Subject to annual review)