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Call Out for Cryptic Nights

Cryptic is looking for creatively ambitious artists with innovative ideas for our 2018/19 Cryptic Nights Programme. 

Recognising the need for a regular, supportive platform for emerging Scottish based artists with fresh ideas, Cryptic launched Cryptic Nights in 2009 and has presented over 250 artists in partnership with the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) in Glasgow. Many Cryptic Nights’ artists have gone on to have highly successful careers, most notably Rachel Maclean, Robbie Thomson, James Houston, Anna Meredith and Yann Seznec.

Crossing creative boundaries with live music, visual and sonic art, film and new media, Cryptic Nights presents a selection of the highest quality emerging talent. The next deadline for applications to Cryptic Nights is 12noon on Monday 17 July 2017.

We are looking for ambitious, emerging artists based in Scotland, who create high quality, innovative, multimedia work with original music or sound-based elements at their core. With Cryptic’s support, artists will be guided in the development of an existing idea or piece of work.

Selected projects will receive:
- A guaranteed minimum fee of £500 per performance/installation with support, advice and space to take risks;
- A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company;
- Venue, technical, PR and marketing support;
- Travel and accommodation bursaries for those living outside Glasgow where applicable;
- An opportunity to build a new audience and raise your profile;
- Free entry to other Cryptic Nights throughout the year; 
- Valuable opportunities to develop networks.

Whilst Cryptic Nights is mainly based in CCA, Glasgow, we are also interested in innovative site-specific works. We do not support traditional theatre, dance or literature, and we prefer not to support work which has already been given a substantial platform or support from other arts organisations. We aim to fill a gap.

We understand that an artist’s creative career can emerge at any stage in life. The Cryptic Night’s programme is selected by a panel of arts professionals based on application criteria, quality of work and potential for development.

If you would like to apply, please download the submission guidelines from our website http://www.cryptic.org.uk/work-with-us/. If you require additional support in completing the application please contact Rachel at [email protected]. Applications should be sent as a single PDF file (max 15MB) to [email protected]. The PDF file name and email subject line should read YOURNAME Cryptic Nights 2018/19 Application.