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Submissions Invited for New Storytelling Commission

Following the success of their 2016  Storytelling Festival, The Village Storytelling Centre have been funded by Creative Scotland for a second year to produce a festival in July 2017, 'Roots and New Shoots.'

The culmination of last year’s festival was marked by the performance of a specially commissioned piece called, ‘A Circumnavigation’ by Storyteller Ian Stephen. This year the opportunity has come again for a storyteller/performance artist based in Scotland to create a performance. The Village Storytelling Centre is dedicated to the art of storytelling and the power that stories can have in changing lives. We wish to commission a performance that reflects these aims and celebrates the thriving storytelling scene in Scotland.


We are looking for a performance piece lasting from 45 minutes to an hour that actively positions storytelling as its main art form. We will welcome collaborations with other art forms as part of the performance but we expect storytelling to be the predominant focus. A key focus of the festival is the tradition of storytelling on the contemporary stage, so your proposal should reflect this by exploring new creative territory in storytelling. Within this parameter you can explore any genre, from folklore to post-modern, from myth to autobiography and anything in between. However, we are passionate about narrative and expect to see this in your work. We will be looking for you to demonstrate both your understanding of storytelling and articulate your experience in the field.  The theme for this year’s festival is ‘Roots and New Shoots’, we will expect the storyteller/performer to be able to articulate clearly how their piece reflects this theme.


The performance will take place on Saturday July 8th at 7:30pm at the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow.


We can offer a fee of £750 to include all preparation and performance and we will also cover additional expenses associated with attending the festival.


Please send a proposal on one side of A4 paper with an accompanying CV by 5pm on Friday 24th February 2017 to Daniel Serridge by email at

The successful artist will be notified by Friday 3rd March 2017.

For any informal enquiries please contact Daniel Serridge on 0141 882 3025.

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