Artist & Talent

We are passionate about supporting northern talent to thrive and each year we create as many opportunities as we can for artists of any discipline to enable the testing of ideas, the creation of new work and the development of their artistic practice.


CARP is a flexible programme set up to support artists to explore their process of creating work, to develop and experiment with new ideas in a nurturing and supportive arts environment.

CARP was established in summer 2013 and to date we have supported 38 artists and companies to create and develop their work. In general we offer a small bursary up to 2 weeks of creation space, however this is flexible around artists’ needs.

CARP is an annual open call process and open to Northern artists/companies from any discipline, at any stage of their career.

Civic Scratch

The Civic Scratch provides a supportive platform for regional artists to show the early stage development of a product.

The Civic hosts 1 scratch evening per season and showcases up to 25 minutes from up to 4 companies per scratch event, this is a public show on a Pay What You Decide policy, followed by an in depth Question & Answer session lead by the Head of Programming & Artist Development in order to get constructive feedback for the companies on the development of their specific work.

Application and selection process is through a mixture of open call out to northern artists and through existing relationships with the Civic.



Beyond these early development opportunities we also programme a weekend of new work every season and annually commission and co-commission new pieces of family, dance, circus and theatre work.

For further information or an informal conversation about any of our artist development work please contact:

Ian Morley, Head of Programming and Artist Development: [email protected]

We also thought we would provide a copy of Routes In – Jan 2020 – A guide to getting new work programmed in the North of England published by Venues North. 


Commission opportunity: The Civic X ARC

A new performance for young audiences aged 3-7

What we are looking for:

  • For the 7th consecutive year ARC and The Civic are seeking to commission the creation of a new piece of work for 3-7 year olds to be presented at the venues in spring half term 2023
  • The work is to be presented in the Civic Assembly Room and ARC’s Theatre or Studio
  • We will be looking for a finished show to premiere at the Civic before moving on to ARC
  • We are seeking companies that have experience making work for audiences aged 3-7


Deadline for expressions of interest: 1pm, Monday 29 November 2021

Please download the following document for more information about this opportunity, what we can offer and how to apply!