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Opportunity for emerging older artists

Emerging Older Artists' Labs 

open to Scottish-based artists in all artforms who are aged 50 and over, led by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath from Magnetic North


Sat 28 April, INVERNESS: The Bike Shed, 33 Grant Street, Inverness IV3 8BN

Fri 4 May, GALASHIELS: Old Gala House (Scott Room), Scott Crescent, Galashiels TD1 3JS

Saturday 5 May, GLASGOW: Scottish Youth Theatre (Green Room), The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street,Glasgow G1 1TF

Deadline for applications: midday on Monday 26 March


The Labs

These day-long Labs are partnership between Magnetic North and Luminate, and will be delivered by Nicholas Bone and Alice McGrath. 

Each Lab will offer an opportunity for up to 10 older artists working in any art form to take part in a facilitated process, exploring how creativity can be nourished and how artists can challenge themselves to develop. Artists will consider where they are now in their development and where they would like to be in the future. 

The Labs will include a mix of group work, facilitated discussion and individual tasks, as well as time for socialising/networking. 

Who can apply?

The Labs are open to artists aged 50 or over who have recently embarked on a new artistic career, including those who have trained at a young age and have returned to their practice later in life, those who have worked in the arts in different capacities and are now changing direction, and those who have come new to their artform in their later years.

We are keen to receive applications from artists who are about to embark on their new career, as well as those who have already begun to work professionally.

How to apply

We expect these Labs to be popular. To apply for a space, please send us an email to with:

- Your name, address and telephone number

- Your age

- Which Lab you would like to attend (Inverness, Galashiels, Glasgow)Tell us about your arts practice and why you want to take part in the Lab (no wore than 400 words)

- Tell us about your arts practice and why you want to take part in the Lab (no more than 400 words)

Alternatively, you can  post your application to us: Luminate, First Floor, Causewayside House, 160 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1PR.

Please apply by midday on Monday 26 March; successful candidates will be notified by Monday 9 April. 

We are committed to equalities, diversity and inclusion, and the selections of artists for this Lab will be in line with our policies in this area.

If you have any access needs, we will discuss these with your if you have secured a space. 

Lunch will be provided. Travel expenses are available.

To download a pdf of this brief, click here.

Image: artwork by Rosie Gibson from Trading Wisdom, Luminate 2015 ©Eoin Carey

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