In On The Act - Artist Callout

What is In On The Act?

In On The Act is a new creative project taking place in four locations across the Highlands. It is a community-led project that aims to initiate creative conversations with people from each area, exploring their stories and aspirations for these communities. These conversations will be led by Eden Court’s Engagement facilitators in conjunction with a Community Partner in each area.

The four confirmed Community Partners are:

  • LAIRG AND SUTHERLAND - Lairg and District Learning Centre
  • BALMACARA - Balmacara Community Trust
  • MORVERN PENINSULA - Aukje Delnooz and Veronique Walraven
  • SKYE - Seall

We are looking for four professional artists to join and engage with these creative conversations and then create a commissioned performance in response to the themes that arise. For example, this could be a solo piece of drama, a community choral piece, a new piece of music or a dance performance for local young people. It will depend on the desires of the respective artists and the communities involved as well as the practicalities of achieving this in the different locations and on the budget available.

Local people will be invited to engage with the development process through work-in-progress sharings prior to a final performance in each area. A documentary filmmaker will capture the process on film and conduct interviews with artists, participants and audience.

What are we looking for from artists?

We are looking for professional artists that create live performance work in the Highland region or that have a particular connection to the Highland region. This could be dance, drama, music, spoken word and/or mixed media including film. We are particularly interested in:

  • Artists that have experience of making co-created work
  • Artists who have experience of working in community settings
  • Artists who have experience of sited/site responsive work
  • Artists with particular relationships to any of the four areas
  • Availability over the time period outlined in the Project Timeline below
  • Most importantly, artists who are interested in engaging with Highland communities and in creating work with and for those communities


£8,500 - £2,500 for community engagement (based on ten days) + £6,000 commission fee (for approx. 30 mins)


Up to £11,000 available in each area to create and stage the work

Project timeline

May - Jun 2024

  • Four artists selected via open call. Selection panel will include Eden Court staff, Community Partners and a paid freelance artist
  • Five open workshops exploring possible themes will take place in each location led by Eden Court’s Engagement team

Jun-Nov 2024

The commissioned artist(s) for each location will join the workshops from August onwards

Nov 2024 - May 2025

  • Commissioned artists create a short performance piece (approx. 30 mins) in response to the themes generated in the facilitated community conversations
  • The artist will commit to two sharings of the work in development (the exact nature of these sharings to be determined)
  • Final performance in each area to take place by end of May 2025

Jun -Jul 2025

  • Final performance event at Eden Court

To apply

Click here to apply. We have tried to keep the questions as simple and short as possible. If you have any questions please email

The deadline for expressions of interest is Fri 14 Jun at 12pm.

Meetings with shortlisted candidates will take place the week commencing Mon 24 Jun and successful candidates will be notified by Mon 1 Jul. We will reimburse unsuccessful shortlisted candidates for their interview time.