Sheffield Theatres has unveiled further support for local theatremakers, as it announces the first four artists to take up residencies as part of a new development programme.
Additional support for local theatremakers includes a commissions fund, which features as part of a reconfigured artist development offering from the theatre.
It comes as Daniel Bernard, Avital Raz, Madeleine Shann and Bethany Wells are announced as the first four creatives to take up residencies with Sheffield Theatres. They will each spend a week in residence at the Bank, the theatre’s creative development space for local theatremakers, once its building reopens.
They will also receive seed funding for new projects.
The Bank was founded last year to provide a creative space for local artists, and has shifted its work online during the Covid-19 pandemic.
As part of this work, it is now offering commissions to artists wishing to run a workshop or skills-sharing session for the wider artistic community.
It will also help individuals make new connections and collaborate online, as well as offering online masterclasses, workshops and coffee meetings.
The Bank Vault, hosted on Sheffield Theatres’ website, will become a place where artists can share the work they are creating during lockdown, from short plays to films, poetry and songs.
Robert Hastie, Sheffield Theatres’ artistic director, praised the way the city’s artistic community has responded to the Covid-19 crisis.
"The endless creativity of Sheffield’s theatremakers was what motivated us to open the Bank at the end of last year, and it’s truly inspiring to see that same spirit still alive and kicking in our artistic community despite the uncertainties we’re all facing at the moment," he said.
He added: "Thanks largely to the generosity of some remarkable people, we’re able to stick to our commitment to nurturing the brightest talents of the next generation, while pivoting the Bank’s development programme to helping as many artists as we can, as quickly as possible.”