VAULT Festival announces free artist & freelancer development programme following cancellation

VAULT Festival has announced a free artist & freelancer development programme following the festival’s cancellation.

Across four weeks, VAULT will offer free development space, workshops, artist opportunities and network-building to provide support and fuel creativity.

The VAULT Creative Studios includes VAULT Space, offering all VAULT Festival 2022 artists free space to use as they wish, whether for rehearsals, meetings, workshops, content creation or even show-sharings.

VAULT Workshops will offer extensive online and in-person sessions covering creative development while VAULT Connect will offer up network building opportunities for artists to come together through sessions with both peers and industry figures.

For those who want to know what it takes to be a drag artist, stand-up comic or cabaret act, VAULT Masterclasses will be open to both members of the public as well as artists and staff – allowing participants to learn directly from leading practitioners in our unique series of practical, fun workshops. And VAULT Creative Studios will also provide creative opportunities for early-career comedians, to hone their skills, connect to other comedians, along with connecting unrepresented comedians to agents and producers.

VAULT Creative Studios will also seek to support the freelancers who have been affected by VAULT Festival’s cancellation. A bespoke series of opportunities and support will be offered to freelance staff, enabling them to gain new skills, qualifications, and experiences.

Finally VAULT X will mark what would have been the festival’s 10th anniversary, bringing together some of the biggest names to come out of VAULT in the last ten years. They will present original material created specially to mark the anniversary. Released every week on the VAULT website, this free content celebrates ten years of independent performance making from leading artists.

VAULT have also created a web page that lists all the VAULT Festival 2022 show transfers. As well as promoting shows that have secured a life elsewhere, this resource will also provide artists with a comprehensive overview of potential programming venues across the UK, and collate opportunities that have been offered by many theatres, arts organisations and individuals.

None of these activities generate income but for those who want, it’s possible to make donations to VAULT Festival and receive exclusive Festival treats as a thank you, including limited edition t-shirts and prints. There’s also the VAULT Festival Membership scheme, where you’ll be contributing to the future of VAULT Festival, directly supporting the next generation of artists to create, innovate and become the creators of the culture we love to watch.

For more information, visit the VAULT website here.

Director & Co-Founder Andy George and Executive Director Adam Gray said: “VAULT Creative Studios is a brand-new offering for us, and one we hope will provide some support to those affected by the 2022 Festival’s cancellation.

“It’s a chance to share ideas, collaborate and feel connected to a community of artists. Cultivating and nurturing these voices at a grassroots level is integral to the future of VAULT Festival. The loss of VAULT Festival 2022 is devastating for us, our staff and for the artists involved – VAULT Creative Studios is our first step towards new creative activity for 2022.”

About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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