An open notebook sits on a desk in front of a stack of books. The words: To do: think, dream, plan are written in the notebook with a sharpie pen.

If you’re a theatre maker in the north west and would like a paid day of thinking, planning and dreaming here at An Grianán consider applying for this year’s Gap Day, but hurry, deadline for applications is 9 October.

Gap Day gives professional freelance theatre practitioners across Ireland paid time to think, dream and plan. Gap Days are available to directors, devisors/makers, writers, designers, production managers and creative producers – essentially, anyone who has a prime creative role in the making of the work. We aim to be inclusive, so if you’re not sure whether you’re eligible to apply, ask us rather than assume you aren’t!

A Gap Day enables people to take time out and dedicate a day to the creative research and thinking they haven’t been able to do lately. How they spend the day is up to them: reading, writing, thinking, drawing, walking, dreaming. Whatever they don’t normally have time to do; whatever they think is needed.

Participants get

  • paid for their time taking Gap Days
  • a workspace at an arts centre or cultural building local to them for their Gap Days
  • an informal chat over a cup of tea with the director or senior member of staff in their host organisation
  • lunch on each Gap Day
  • access to monthly drop-in online gatherings
  • a small stipend to pay an Artist’s Friend for a creative conversation
  • access to a fund to help people with additional needs get the most out of their Gap Day
  • access to small creative thinking gatherings in person across the country
  • access to one-to-one coaching to help them make plans and put their plans in motion.

Gap Day was set up by Lian Bell and Mermaid Arts Centre in 2015 and to date has supported almost 200 artists including several here at An Grianán.

To find out more including how to apply please visit the Mermaid’s website here.

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