We’re pleased to announce our exciting, free artist and freelancer development programme for those affected by the cancellation of VAULT Festival 2022. Introducing VAULT Creative Studios! Across four weeks we’ll be offering free development space, workshops, artist opportunities, and network-building to provide support and fuel creativity.

VAULT Space will offer all VAULT Festival 2022 artists free space to use as they wish, whether for rehearsals, meetings, workshops, content creation or even show-sharings. Our hope is these spaces will allow the opportunity to create, develop and even record shows with artistic and producing support from the VAULT Festival team.

VAULT Workshops will offer extensive online and in-person sessions covering creative development, practical up-skilling and wellbeing support – allowing artists and freelancers to discover new skills and elevate existing ones. Workshops include a Boundless Theatre Takeover, a Q&A with BBC Script Editor Josh Treacy, and a BSL + Deaf Awareness Training Workshop. Also announced is an Online Discussion with Lyn Gardner and VAULT Festival’s Head of Programming Bec Martin, on the challenges facing early-career artists and what the future of theatre might look like.

Our ethos is about giving new, early and mid-career artists access to the industry and each other – something crucial to all of those forging a career in the arts. VAULT Creative Studios will provide space for this via VAULT Connect – network building opportunities for artists to come together through sessions with both peers and industry figures. Expect industry speed dating style events, a Wellbeing Week and stimulating panel discussions.

New initiatives will also keep our sense of creativity and fun at the heart of the new development programme. 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.

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. These include practical workshops in box office, tech, producing, and arts management, courses in first aid, conflict resolution, and accessibility training, and sessions in the skills of live performance, such as writing, performing and directing.

This year we were set to celebrate our 10th anniversary. To mark this exciting milestone VAULT X will bring together some of the biggest names to come out of VAULT Festival over the last ten years, presenting original material created specially to mark the anniversary. Released every week on the VAULT Festival website, this free content celebrates ten years of independent performance making from leading artists.

We’ve also created a webpage listing all VAULT Festival 2022 shows that have found a home elsewhere. You can find out more and book tickets here. We’ve also sent all our artists a comprehensive overview of potential programming venues across the UK, and we’ve collated opportunities that have been offered to us by theatres, arts organisations and individuals.

Unfortunately, none of these activities generate income for the Festival – which we need in order to keep going. For those who are able, donations to VAULT Festival are gratefully received, and we’ll send you exclusive Festival treats as a thank you.

You can also support us by becoming a VAULT Festival Member, 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.

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.

It may not be eight weeks of live culture but we hope VAULT Creative Studios ensures artists and freelancers aren’t forgotten and that we can continue to support them through this turbulent time.