Applications open :: The Forge 2016

We’re throwing the gates of our gorgeous 4 acre woodland office and artist space for applications to join us in summer 2016 for the second year of the Forge Artist Development Programme. Whether you’re an emerging visual artist, puppeteer, theatre maker, builder, dancer, creative writer, digital artist, photographer or pretty much anything else creative, we’d love to hear about why you’d like spend a few months developing your work in our woodland space.

The Forge Artist Development Programme

Wild Rumpus CIC are offering up an exciting opportunity for emerging creatives who are seeking a beautiful environment and support to develop their work. This project will particularly suit those with an interest in outdoor arts.

After a successful first year in 2015, we are looking to again share our woodland office space, The Whirligig, with a group of creatives from a wide range of disciplines (eg. Digital, textiles, set design, fine art, music, performance, literature, sculpture, craft etc) for 3 – 6 months over summer 2016. In some, but not all, cases this may develop into a paid piece of work to feed into our events such as the Just So Festival.

We are very flexible as to how the successful applicants use the space, it could be just to provide a space for reflection and developing ideas, or to create physical artwork, or rehearsal space for outdoor theatre, circus or dance, it entirely depends on the direction applicants work is developing in.

Introduction to The Forge:

The Forge is a rural space designed for young creatives (or for those more experienced who are changing direction) to develop work, primarily in outdoor arts, while fostering a community environment of collaboration and learning. We encourage and support those working in a creative capacity through our tailored programme.

Beneficiaries of the Forge will be provided with a free desk space in a converted horse-box or caravan, with their overheads and utilities covered to allow individuals time to hone their practice, grow their networks and receive feedback.

Applicant Criteria:

The Forge will best suit applicants who are:

  • Looking to develop their practice with a particular interest in adapting work to an outdoors environment, or where there work is deeply rooted in a natural landscape.
  • Able to show evidence of previous work or study in the field you are planning on developing.
  • Able to commit to a period of at least two months at the Forge and attend training events (number of days is entirely flexible).
  • Not in full time employment, or can be flexible in order to spend time at the Whirligig and take advantage of our programme of training.

Successful applicants at the Forge are able to use their time there to work on projects that are paid for by other companies, Wild Rumpus will help facilitate this where possible.

In addition to offering free space and training and mentoring, where appropriate projects may develop into paid work for one or more of our events.

Application Process:

The application process is open to anyone to apply.

We would like to invite you to submit an expression of interest (no longer than two sides of A4) introducing yourself and your practice, stating why you would benefit from The Forge and what you’d like to develop/ achieve whilst part of the programme.

Examples of your practice and links to online portfolios are welcome.

The deadline for this part of the process is Friday 5 February. Please send your proposal to

Further Information
For more information about Wild Rumpus and the Just So Festival visit and

If you have any questions or would like to talk through your proposal directly please contact the directors Rowan Hoban via or Sarah Bird via