»Nest Residencies [updated Oct 2020]

A Nest Residency is time, space and conversation with other artists, and is designed to allow you to think, experiment and take a punt on one of those 'What if...?' ideas.

Nest Residencies cannot fund your fully-formed project proposal - there are lots of other funds that might support that. We are interested in your idea - and why you are interested in us, in The Nest and in exploring something together.

** PLEASE NOTE **
At present, due to Covid restrictions, the only Nest Residencies available are Remote (Work from Home) Residencies and these are only open to Coventry/Midlands-based artists and will prioritise d/Deaf and disabled Midlands artists. When Covid allows us to once more expand the programme, we will again also be open to applications from d/Deaf and disabled artists from across the UK who want to come and make work in Coventry and who fulfill the eligibility criteria (see FAQs).

We will be temporarily closing the (Remote) Nest Residency Programme in December 2020, and relaunching for applications in Spring 2021, when we hope to be able to offer physical spaces at The Nest to Nest Residents.

In a Nest Residency, we want to work with you, to support you to experiment and to try some things out. We are interested in your idea, and in why you think that idea is best explored with us here at The Nest. You can fill in the online form to apply for a residency here. If you’d prefer to submit your idea as a video or in another form, that’s fine by us. For details of how to apply and FAQ's, see below...if you have questions that are not answered below, please get in touch. [And please bear with us if it takes a while to get back to you, we will be as quick as we can!]

»Are you a D/deaf or disabled artist living in Coventry/the Midlands or a Midlands-based artist or small company with a creative idea you would like to take to the next level??

If so, Talking Birds is offering supported residencies in Coventry ahead of the opening of The Nest (our incubation space in Coventry, due to open in 2021 during the city's term as UK City of Culture). This is open to artists working in any medium - performance, visual art, film, sound/music, mixed-media....


Pick the level you would like to apply at:

» Hatching

Gives you a few days of time and a sounding board to help you develop your idea

» Fledgling

Gives you a supported residency for up to 2 weeks to enable you to nurture your idea

» First Flight

Gives you a supported residency for 1-2 months to launch your idea to into the world (with an initial sharing of some kind, to be mutually agreed).


Tell us what your idea is, how and why it fits with Talking Birds and The Nest and when you would like to do it. You can fill in the online form here. If you’d prefer to submit your idea as a video or in another form, that’s fine by us. See the FAQs below for more information.

If we think we might be able to support your idea, we’ll be in touch to arrange a conversation.

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» FAQs

Why is Talking Birds running this programme?

We want to support the burgeoning creative life of our home city and in particular create the right conditions for d/Deaf and disabled artists to develop their work. We want to encourage and mentor under-represented artists, give them space and time to experiment, and to allow this exchange to grow us and our creative community at The Nest (which will be our new home from 2021).


Who can apply for Nest residency programme?

Ordinarily, any d/Deaf or disabled artist resident in the UK; or any Midlands-based artist or small company. PLEASE NOTE HOWEVER that the Remote Residencies are only open to Coventry/Midlands-based artists. When Covid allows us to once more expand the programme, we will again be open to d/Deaf and disabled artists from across the UK coming to make work in Coventry.


When’s the deadline?

We’ve got a rolling deadline, and we’re looking to support residencies on an ongoing basis until 2023.


What spaces are available for working in?

During the Covid-19 pandemic, all residencies will be Remote. From Spring 2021 we hope to be able to offer working spaces at The Nest building.


Will I get paid for my time?

We don't believe artists should work for free. The whole point of a Nest Residency is to allow you time, space and conversations to help you experiment and develop your idea - so we will offer you some financial support for your time in addition to a project mentor/sounding board and other appropriate support if needed.


I’m on benefits, can I still apply?

Yes, we’ll do our best to make the residency work for you,


I’ve got a full time job, can I still apply?

You need to be able to commit enough time to your residency to make it worth while, but if you can give us a plan for your working pattern that works around your other work, that’s fine by us.


I’m a student, can I still apply?

Current Undergraduates are not eligible, but postgrads will be considered as long as you can demonstrate that it will fit around your studies.


I’ve got particular access needs, how will these be taken into account?

We’ll do our level best to tailor the opportunity to you.


I’m a disabled artist based outside the region but interested in developing work in Coventry. Can I get help with travel and accommodation?

Once we are able to open the programme up again fully (and Covid-safely) we will welcome applications from disabled artists based outside the region, but we'd want to know what it is about working in the city and with Talking Birds that is integral to your project, as these residencies are designed to help grow our creative community in Coventry.


If I Hatch an idea that I then want to take to Fledgling or First Flight stage, can I reapply?

Yes.


Who is funding this?

Arts Council, England, through its support of Talking Birds as a National Portfolio Organisation.


Who/what is Talking Birds?

Talking Birds is a nationally renowned, Coventry-based company of artists specialising in Theatre of Place.


What are Talking Birds’ core values and do mine have to align with them?

We believe in making work in an environmentally sustainable way that puts access at the heart of its process - you can find out more on our website. We’d like to know how your residency will be consistent with these values and/or show a commitment to exploring them, as these residencies are designed to help grow our creative community in Coventry. In a Nest Residency, we want to work with you, to support you to experiment and to try some things out. We are interested in your idea, and in why you think that idea is best explored with us here at The Nest


What is Talking Birds track record in supporting artists in this way?

On top of running the Nest Residency Programme since 2018, Talking Birds has a track record of curating project development and residency opportunities for other artists. We previously ran the FarGoSpace programme in (what’s now) FarGo Village, we run a series of open auditions for performers called Open Cast, and we convene the F13 Artists’ Network. We have also developed a mobile captioning tool called the Difference Engine to help make experimental performances (by us and other artists/companies) more accessible. Running the Nest residency programme is also a great excuse for Bird-related puns.


Will my project supporter/mentor be one of the TBs team?

Yes if we have the right skills to support you - but we will work with you to identify what sort of support you need and may draw on one of our many partner/collaborators to work with you too. In-house expertise and interests include: creative development, theatre-making, site-specific work, design, composition and sound design, making work accessible, strategic planning, evaluation, finance and funding.


Sounds brilliant! How do I apply?

You can fill in the online form here. If you’d prefer to submit your idea as a video or in another form, that’s fine by us.

links to The Whalelinks to article about Theatre of Placelinks to the difference engine