Each year, The Civic, Barnsley launces applications for its Civic Artistic Residency Programme (or CARP). CARP is a flexible programme aiming to support artists in the process of creating work, developing and experimenting with new ideas in a creative and supportive arts environment.
In June 2015 The Civic, Barnsley will be once again be opening up it’s doors to Northern artists from any discipline, at any stage of their career; offering up to 4 weeks of space and a budget available of up to £1000, to support bursaries for the CARP programme. Supporting to 4 artists/companies during this CARP process, artists/companies will not be expected to be resident throughout the whole 4 weeks and may only need a shorter period of development time and support.
Prviously The Civic’s CARP programme has supported 12 Miles North Theatre Company, dance collective Phil Sanger & The Ashes, photographer Anton Want and the folk act The Demon Barbers, among many others.

This year, applicants were of such a high standard that The Civic decided to support not four, but five artists. This years CARP arists are:

Hayley Youell

Hayley Youell

Hayley is an expressive vocalist and emotive composer/songwriter. As a musician, she has performed and collaborated on projects across genres, from Electronic Indie to Progressive Rock, Folk and Jazz. Over the last 6 years, Hayley has been heavily involved in developing arts for health initiatives in the community, using music, digital media and the arts.
After a break in her artistic practice, this residency at The Civic is an opportunity for Hayley to be supported in her present challenge of re-defining her artistic identity as a musician and collaborator. Hayley aims to create work which explores the conflict and tensions within owning and shaping identity; the personal and universal struggle.

The 154 Collective are a multi art form group, creating work across a number of different artistic platforms including, Theatre, Film, Exhibition and Public Art. For this residency, the Artist and Animator, Fabric Lenny and the Writer and Performer, Dan Mallaghan will work with Singer/Songwriter James Dey.This residency will form part of the development of a new multi art form theatre production, provisionally titled, Under the Bed, that tells the story of a young child, suffering from a recent trauma, who finds a monster living under her bed and is enticed to run away to an imaged world.

Practitioner specialising in participatory performance, Andrea Heaton, and theatre-maker specialising in work for children and young people, Ruth Cooper form the new theatre company.
Fidget Theatre will bring new theatrical adaptation of original story for children Molly’s Marvellous Moustache; gently exploring ideas of gender and aspiration. During their CARP residency, the company will write and devise a work-in-progress version of the show from which a full-scale production and eventual tour can be developed. They plan to show the work to children from the local area who will feed into the process and help us develop our ideas.


Displace Yourself Theatre

Displace Yourself Theatre was created in 2012 by Jennifer Nevin and Mike Auger. Their passion is to use theatre as a means to contribute towards society and produce intimate work that uses narrative, music and movement aimed at challenging social injustices. The duo reach out to margins of society and offer a platform for people to have their voice heard, striving to raise awareness, ask questions and explore alternative perceptions.
Displace Yourself Theatre plan to create a full length piece of physical theatre called Free to Stay (Working Title), inspired by their working with stateless communities on the Thai-Myanmar border in Thailand. The piece will explore issues surrounding statelessness and what it means to have (or not have) a nationality.

Speak Woman Speak is an all-female Leeds based theatre company made up of: Leah Francis and Carmen Martorell. They make devised work highlighting hidden stories about women from diverse backgrounds.
They have been awarded a Grant for the Arts from the Arts Council England to research and develop their next shows Soledad and Betto, and plan to this during their CARP residency. ‘Soledad’ is a journey of love, loss, passion and survival, based on a real event that happened during the reign of Franco’s dictatorship, the ‘stolen babies’ (los niños robados). ‘Betto’ is a one woman show, inspired by the true story of Betto Douglas who ran a one woman slave revolt that took place in St Kitts, a small island in the Caribbean, in the 1800´s.

For more information about the artists, or if you are interested in attending sharing/work in progress performances during the artists’ residencies in June 2015, please contact 01226 327000 /

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