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'Normal?' Conversations: What is a ‘normal’ way to be an artist?

Theatre Music Discussion

What is a ‘normal’ way to be a working artist?

Whose creative voices are excluded by factors like tight deadlines, long hours, inaccessible spaces, and a reliance on face-to-face networking as well as a lack of money? And what should a year of lockdown teach us about how to support and nurture creativity better?

Amble Skuse is a composer and violinist living with chronic fatigue syndrome. She was one of five artists commissioned by SMHAF in 2020 to make a piece of work on the theme ‘My Experience of Isolation’. Read about and listen to her work here.

Skye Loneragan is an award-winning writer/performer whose work spans theatre, poetry and live art. In 2020 she was commissioned by SMHAF to create Though This Be (Online) Madness, a film adaptation of her solo theatre show about family, motherhood and mental illness, while looking after her young daughter during lockdown. Watch the series here.

Jordy Deelight is a non binary Edinburgh-based artist who creates autobiographical work professionally for theatre and television. Jordy is one of eight artists who have just been commissioned by SMHAF to create a new piece of work on the theme 'My Normality'; Jordy will make a short film looking at their relationship with their medication. 

In the second of two 'Normal? Conversations' events, SMHAF’s Andrew Eaton-Lewis asks Amble, Skye and Jordy about their experiences of making work in lockdown, balancing creativity and mental health, and what arts funders and programmers could be doing better.

If you have experiences relating to this subject that you’d like to share, we’d love you to join the conversation too.


Tue 18th May
8PM - 9PM

Tickets: FREE

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Accessibility: BSL interpretation or live captioning can be booked for discussion events. Please inform us of any accessibility requirements when prompted in the booking form.