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Rough Mix comes to Dumfries and Galloway

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By Fiona Reid
Rough Mix comes to Dumfries and Galloway

ARTISTS in the region are being given a chance to develop their skills without having to travel far.

Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival have teamed up with Magnetic North to organise the Rough Mix event locally in February.

It will be a paid creative lab for early-stage ideas and practice development: a two-week practical opportunity for artists to try out new ideas or new ways of working. It will bring together a small core group of practitioners from different disciplines and give them time to start developing new projects in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere.

This opportunity focuses on mid-career artists, with an aim of developing already established creative ideas, projects and possibilities.

The organisers say it works effectively for artists who are open to stimulation from other artforms, want to explore new possibilities in their practice, and are keen to spend time engaging with other artists.

Previous participants include playwrights, choreographers, visual artists, film-makers, and composers.

Rough Mix encourages boldness and innovation in the work of the artists who take part by giving them a unique opportunity to have a creative interaction with artists from different disciplines in a focused and supportive atmosphere. It is curated and led 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.

It has previously run in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Peebles, Perth, Auckland, Stirling and online, but will be at Cample Line, Thornhill from February 5-16 2024.

Applications will close on Monday November 20 at 10 am. For more information and how to apply, go to

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