Profile and selection of young artists
Every season, from September to June, happynest will support 3 artistic projects initiated in the region of Hauts-de-France. Each project can be carried out by one or more young/emerging artists. happynest is not aimed however at students or artists in the phase of initial training.
The selection of artists will be based on an Open call for projects launched at the beginning of each year. The selection criteria will comprise the quality of the project and the specific support necessities it requires. Whatever the fundamental training of the applicant(s) (theatre, dance, circus, visuals arts, cinema, etc.), the project must be part of the field of the live arts: performance project, performative intervention, choreographic piece etc.
At the end of the process, each selected project will receive a tailored support program. It may cover all or some of the following points and will be provided by the members of the SUPERAMAS collective and some invited artists:
Definition of artistic concepts and issues
Advice on the physical performance
Tests, external expertise and feedback on the ongoing project
Technical advice and support (sound, lighting, scenography, new technologies)
Administrative advice (preparation of grant applications, budgeting)
The support program will be based on work residency periods (research, writing, creation) that the artists will conduct in order to carry out their project.
In parallel with this "tailor-made support" specific to each of the projects, the program will include meetings bringing together all the selected teams with the SUPERAMAS collective and some guests. Those meetings aim - through sharing of experiences and practices - to bring together the artists around issues that arise for everyone, despite the diversity of disciplines (e.g., the challenges of communication around artistic work). This "common core" will also be an opportunity to bring together all of the happynest participants which is necessary in order to ensure and strengthen the overall cohesion of the happynest Plateform