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As part of the Creu Cyffro partnership we're working with Theatr Soar and Redhouse Cymru to offer three research and development opportunities for artists living or working in Merthyr Tydfil.


We will fund three research and development opportunities for three different early career artists to try out new ideas and develop their creative practice in a supportive environment. This includes:

  • Space for five days in either Theatr Soar or Redhouse Cymru – we can be flexible about timings and will be looking to work with artists for this to take place between August and December 2022.
    Producing support from the team at Wales Millennium Centre – including administration in organising the R&D, facilitation, feedback and creative conversation.
  • Producing support from the team at Wales Millennium Centre – including administration in organising the R&D, facilitation, feedback and creative conversation.
  • A budget to pay for artists, performers, creatives or equipment to support the process – we will develop this with successful applicants depending on the nature and scale of the work.

What are we looking for?

This opportunity is for artists living or working in Merthyr. The lead artist needs to have a clear connection to Merthyr Tydfil. We are happy to support people working in any language and will work with applicants to facilitate this.

We are happy to support any kind of performance work. You might be working in any creative discipline, you don’t have to be a theatre maker, dancer or working from a script, you could be a designer, musician, film maker, it doesn’t matter as long as your idea is about collaborating with live performance.

We are looking for people who have a clear idea that they want to explore or develop. This could be a story they want to tell, a new approach to collaboration or maybe pushing the boundaries of your existing practice. It’s not about ‘making a show’ it’s about having a space to develop and we want to understand clearly what you want to achieve during the week.

Need some help?

If you are still not sure if this opportunity is for you or where to start in creating an application, please book a slot into our Meet the Producers day (dates below) where you can talk to a member of the WMC team about your application. You can do this by emailing with the subject heading Meet the Producers.

How do I apply?

Please send us some information, no more than two A4 pages or two minutes of audio or film if you prefer. Tell us about you or your group and why you think this is the right opportunity for you. You can apply in Welsh, English or BSL and if you have any other access requirements, please let us know and we will work with you to support an application.

In particular we want to know about the idea you want to explore and develop and what you really want to get out of the time. You can include links to previous work or other information if you want to. Please think about the What we are looking for section when you make your application.

Send your application to with the subject heading Artist R&D.

The closing date for this call out is Wednesday 29 June.

What’s the process?

All applications will be reviewed by a member of the WMC producing team, Lis Mclean from Theatr Soar and Lee Davies from Wellbeing Merthyr.

We will shortlist from initial applications based on the criteria in the What Are We Looking For section of this call out.

We will arrange opportunities to meet with the shortlisted applicants to discuss their ideas in more detail and from these conversations we will select three successful artists for the R&D opportunities.


Call out published: Friday 10 June

Meet the Producers: Thursday 23 June

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 29 June

Applicants informed of shortlisting outcome: w/c 4 July

Date for initial meetings: Tuesday 12 July

Confirmation of final 3 successful artists: Thursday 14 July

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