Eastgate Hosts National Artists’ Residency

Rough Mix is led and curated by Magnetic North’s artistic director Nicholas Bone who has developed a distinctive and widely-respected approach to developing new work and creating links between artists and art forms.

This year’s Rough Mix sees a core group of five experienced artists from across Scotland, plus two Borders-based early-career artists – Felicity Bristow and Sue Scowcroft. Between them, the participants have expertise in visual arts, writing, film-making, dance, music, theatre and contemporary art.

With support from the National Theatre of Scotland, Rough Mix offers two prioritised places: one for an artist identifying as deaf or disabled, and one for an artist from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background.

The artists are resident at the Eastgate Theatre for two weeks from 19 June, and are accompanied by additional performers, including Peebles-based actor Scott Noble.

“We are delighted to be the first venue in the south of Scotland to host this innovative national residency,” commented Caroline Adam, the Eastgate’s General Manager. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for local artists as well as those from around Scotland to observe and participate in the process of creative work.”

Each experienced artist brings an idea or starting point for a project, or a new approach that they are interested in exploring, with the emerging artists having practical involvement in the creative work. This exciting residency ends with a work-in-progress showing on Friday 30 June.