Hightlight Arts partnering with the National Theatre of Scotland and Orient Productions for Scottish/Egyptian residencies

Highlight Arts is delighted to launch a new exchange programme between Scotland and the Middle East and North Africa. Every year one Scottish artist will be hosted by a local organisation in the MENA region, and one MENA artist will be hosted by a local Scottish organisation. The aim is to create space for meaningful artistic encounters. These encounters are opportunities for growth, for learning, for collaboration and play, to express solidarity and resist borders.

The aim of residency is to support the artists’ practice, while creating the circumstances for artists to widen their network, think through new modes of creating, experience their practice in a different context and make connections they wouldn’t otherwise make. This is not about an end product; it is about process. However, they do ask that the artist presents a sharing at the end of the residency.

They invite artists to use the residency either as a point of departure, a space for research and development, or for experimentation. They ask the artists to approach this residency with an open mind, and to try to suspend their pre-conceived assumptions.

This year the residency will take place between Glasgow and Cairo, some time between September and December. They’re very pleased to be partnering with the National Theatre of Scotland and Orient Productions as the first host organisations. 

This year they’re looking for artists interested in developing their performing arts practice. You don’t have to have a theatre/performing arts background, but your focus for the residency should be on a project which has a theatrical element at its core. This is open to individual artists only. Unfortunately, they cannot support artistic partnerships or collectives.


  • Travel (international and local)
  • Artist fee for four weeks work (£440/week)
  • One month’s accommodation
  • Living stipend for one month
  • Visa Costs
  • Studio space
  • Tech/Materials support

You must:

  • Be resident in Scotland or Egypt
  • Be available for 4 consecutive weeks between September and December 2020
  • Be over 18 years of age

Deadline is

13 April at 12pm (UK time)



Published on:
2 Mar 2020


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