As part of the 2018 Belfast Children's Festival TYA NI will host a showcase of the best of performance work for young audiences being created in NI 9-12 March 2018. TYA NI are inviting submissions for an evening of ScratchWorks on Saturday 10 March 2018.



Deadline for submissions is 5pm Monday 27 November 2017  


TYA NI presents a showcase platform of the best work for children and young audiences from Northern Ireland as part of the TYA Showcase 9-12 March 2018.

The showcase will raise the profile of performance work for young audiences within NI, offer development opportunities for artists and local companies, and provide a showcase of the best NI work for young audiences currently available for international touring. It will bring in leading practitioners, producers and artists together to explore, discuss and network, and it reflects TYA NI's interest in bringing forward new, innovative and ground-breaking work.

It will feature some of the best performing arts for young audiences from Northern Ireland, programmes, a symposium for industry professionals, a delegate package, and a Work-in-Progress & ScratchWorks strand for emerging work in the field

ScratchWorks Strand

TYA NI are seeking submissions from individual artists to present a scratch idea for a performance piece for children aged 0-18 yrs at our ScratchWorks evening on Saturday 10 March 2018. 

"By ‘scratch’ we mean extract(s) or performance idea(s) that are in development. It’s about sharing and trying out new ideas, and the event is not suitable for finished pieces or workshops. However, we are interested in work that has the potential to be developed into a future performance piece and will develop and benefit from critical feedback received at the ScratchWorks evening. Please bear in mind, as this is mainly an industry event, it is unlikely that children/young people will be in attendance.

Artists will receive feedback on their work from the audience, including 6 invited international producers/programmers. Feedback mechanisms will be developed in conjunction with presenting artists, to ensure it is focused, constructive and meaningful." 

Selection for this strand will be by panel, including representatives from Young at Art, Cahoots NI and Replay Theatre Company.

What are TYA NI looking for?

• We are looking for pieces/ideas no longer than 15 minutes in length

• The work must be suitable for young audiences (0-18 years)

• You must be based in NI

• All pieces for the ScratchWorks evening will perform in a single rehearsal space, so must be suitable for a swift set-up/clear-down and require minimal technical assistance

• Although the event is primarily aimed to support individual artists we will consider submissions from companies, particularly those not in receipt of core public funding.

• Artists will receive an honorarium for presenting their ideas within the ScratchWorks evening


We encourage submissions from a diverse range of artists and companies making work for young audiences.

ScratchWorks Artist Submission Form

File ScratchWorks Artist Submission Form.docx1.06 MB