Call out for artists to join the MAC’s HATCH supported artist scheme

The MAC is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the fourth year of our supported artist scheme, HATCH. The MAC’s HATCH scheme is designed to support new and emerging artists by providing them with the time and space to develop their creative practice. The MAC will appoint up to three individual artists or companies, working in live performance, to take a 12-month residency within the MAC. They will have access to the MAC’s resources and receive support and guidance from key MAC staff for a year.

HATCH offers:

  • Artistic and business development via mentoring from key MAC staff including support and advice in Marketing, Finance and Fundraising.
  • Dedicated office space within the MAC.
  • Rehearsal space.
  • Free and discounted tickets to performances within the MAC.
  • Invitations to networking events with national and international arts organisations.
  • Financial support of £1,500 to support the development of work
  • Become a representative of the MAC and key member of the building

Who we’re looking for: HATCH is open to local artists who work in live performance; in particular the MAC welcomes applications from those artists who are willing to take risks, be brave and to learn from others around them. Artists should set out in their application how the scheme would benefit their practice. Tell us why the scheme is right for you, why it would help at this particular time, and why the MAC is the right place for you to work.

This will be the fourth year of the HATCH Supported Artist Scheme and will run from April 2017 until March 2018 with the option of a further extension of six months beyond that period. There is no obligation on the MAC or the artists to continue beyond the initial twelve month period but there will be a period of review and consultation on completion of the scheme to allow consideration of a further six month period.

How to apply:

Download the application and carefully read the attached aims of the HATCH Supported Artist Scheme before completing the application and returning by email to Simon Magill by 12pm on Friday 17 February 2017.

Shortlisted applicants may be invited to attend an interview at the MAC on Friday 24 February, with successful artists commencing on 3 April 2017.

Download the application in Word format here
Download the application in PDF format here

A word from previous HATCH Artists:

“Time in a world class facility to work and improvise, to have the support of the staff, the kudos of being a resident artist in development, gave the work an added prestige and seriousness.” Niall Rea, HATCH Artist 2013-2014

“Reassembled Slightly Askew was developed and produced while I was a HATCH supported artist. It had its world premiere at the MAC as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, and the MAC run sold out. It proceeded to earn a 5* review in The Stage and win a Hospital Club h100club Theatre & Performance Award. It is now the only Northern Irish theatre show to have been invited to participate in Battersea Arts Centre’s ‘A Nation’s Theatre Festival’, run in partnership with the Guardian. All of these successes can be directly linked back to my time as a Hatch artist at the MAC.” Shannon Yee, HATCH Artist 2014-2015

“Invaluable to have a space over a longer period of time to work on projects. Using the HATCH money to showcase some work was a great platform to draw attention to my work and resulted in many other opportunities. I think if you get HATCH and you come in everyday and work on stuff, you can go really far. It’s a great platform to develop your independent career.” Oona Doherty, HATCH Artist 2015-2017