The Mary Dick Award aims to help UK based d/Deaf or disabled artists making new performance work to undertake an Edinburgh Fringe run. After the cancellation of the Fringe in 2020, Summerhall ran a Crowdfunder campaign with 25% of donations ring-fenced to create bursaries for artists who are under-represented at the Fringe. The Mary Dick Award is supported by those donations as well as by a grant from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society’s Venues and Artists Recovery Fund.
This award is a partnership between Summerhall and Birds of Paradise.
They are looking for work meeting the following criteria:
- High quality, engaged, contemporary performance (including theatre, dance, spoken word or live art)
- Created by artists who identify as d/Deaf or disabled, basing their practice in the UK
- Artists who are available to undertake an Edinburgh Fringe run and who have the capacity to take advantage of the opportunity
They are looking to support companies or groups of artists which are disabled-led. By this they mean that a majority of the team identifies as disabled or d/Deaf.
The details of what the award will actually consist of are:
- The successful artist or company will receive a £6,000 cash award
- Summerhall will offer a straight box office split (typically 70% to the company, 30% to the venue – but this depends somewhat on the form of the work) with no minimum amount payable to the venue.
- Summerhall will cover the Fringe registration fee
- Summerhall will offer some in-kind technical and marketing support, but the successful applicant will need to invest in both of those areas
- Birds of Paradise will offer mentoring to the successful applicant around presenting at the Fringe and onward touring opportunities
- Birds of Paradise will also offer some in-kind marketing support
- Birds of Paradise will offer in-kind and financial support to make your show accessible to audiences
10am, Monday 14 February 2022