Residency Programme

AMATA, Falmouth University houses flexible theatre spaces; performance, rehearsal & recording studios; a box office and a café bar. It functions both as a teaching space and a live performing arts venue.

AMATA delivers ten undergraduate and one postgraduate degree courses, including:

  1. Acting
  2. Creative Music Technology
  3. Dance & Choreography
  4. Music
  5. Music Business (Undergraduate and Masters - undergraduate subject to validation during 2021/22 academic year)
  6. Music, Theatre & Entertainment Management (currently in teach out during the 2021/22 academic year)
  7. Musical Theatre
  8. Popular Music
  9. Technical Theatre Arts (two-year accelerated degree including a summer study block)
  10. Theatre & Performance

Our vision is that “AMATA is a place where future generations are ignited by a world of creative possibility”.

Our mission is “to unlock the full creative potential of students studying at AMATA, by co-curating a programme of contemporary, accessible, high-quality, performance and participation with our students. This ranges from music, theatre, dance and comedy. We encourage the local community to engage with our programme and venue in meaningful, relevant and lasting ways. We do this so that new genius, creativity and collaborations are both discovered and nurtured”.

To support either, and or both, the academic content of our undergraduate courses and the ‘public’ facing performance programme we are offering performing arts practitioners, or small performing arts companies an opportunity to join AMATA as a resident artist/company.

Each residency contract will be individually negotiated depending on:

1. The resources that you need and what we can offer

The most common requirements from ‘resident artists’ is access to studio space. Below is a detailed list of what is also available:

  • A basic induction to AMATA, which will include a tour of the building, studio PA use and basic Health & Safety. If a more enhanced induction and/or training is required, a fee might be charged to the resident artist/company (by prior arrangement)
  • Resident artists will have access to the Technical Resource Stores (TRS) during their residency. Equipment is strictly restricted to use within the AMATA building. Equipment that is a critical to an artist’s R&D for off-site performances/sharing may be permitted by prior written arrangement of the AMATA Technical & Facilities Manager.
  • If technical support is required during the residency this will be charged at £25 + VAT per hour, per technician
  • Drop off and loading directly outside of the AMATA building. Unfortunately, there is no free parking at AMATA and all resident artists/companies are required to park in the main Penryn Campus car park (charges apply)
  • Residency research, development and performances may be possible during the residency period. Due to our teaching and licencing commitments, these activities must be agreed in advance with our Front of House Manager. We would welcome opportunities to discuss this prior to an application being submitted.
  • AMATA co-exists as a teaching space and live-arts venue so there are some access restrictions and residencies will be strictly limited to the Easter and Summer holidays (excluding bank holidays and the Easter weekend). In the Summer, AMATA is open 7-days a week from 09.00 till 22.00, however technical support is limited from Monday – Friday, with kitchen access limited to 09.00 till 17.00 Monday – Friday. During 2022, Residency access is offered during the Summer period only, due to scheduled maintenance taking place throughout the building during Easter 2022.

2. What you can contribute in-kind to AMATA, which is likely to be some of the following:

  • Professional, high-quality performance outputs, which meet AMATA’s programming framework, in this order of priority:
  • Any performance is in line with AMATA’s vision: “Inspiring AMATA’s students, to a world of creative possibility”
  • The performance is value for money, financially sustainable. As each residency will be individually negotiated we will discuss performance opportunities with successful applicants, however, we generally do not pay performance fees to resident artists as this fee is in lieu of studio space
  • The performance is available to book at the appropriate time during an academic year (I.E. late September – early December or late January to late March)
  • The performance fits within the studio theatres at AMATA
  • The artist/company has a track record of producing high-quality, critically acclaimed work
  • The performance contributed to the overall alignment of the Performance Programme and Falmouth University’s Equality & Diversity strategy:
  • The performance or agreed wrap-around activities contribute towards our undergraduate course content or enhancement
  • Marketing content is strong and varied
  • The performance engages the broader student community beyond AMATA
  • The performance engages the public
  • Workshops and wrap-around activities are related to AMATA’s undergraduate courses, as well as those which meet our audience development objectives targeting 1) AMATA students, 2) the broader student community, 3) residents of Falmouth and Penryn, and 4) Cornish residents, visitors to Cornwall and specialist audiences, in that order of priority
  • High quality co-branding and marketing opportunities
  • Scratch performances, for our priority and target audiences mentioned above
  • Internship and work placement opportunities which benefit AMATA students
  • Broader student engagement
  • Supporting student recruitment to the undergraduate courses on offer at AMATA
  • Inclusion in funding bids to support performance programme activity


During the 2021/2022 academic year, AMATA has one deadline for residency programme applications: 25 February 2022 (for Summer 2022 residencies). This date is intended to allow applicants confirmation of the residency ahead of submitting a £15k +, Arts Council England application, and allowing 12-weeks between submission and the residency, should the funding application be successful.

Applications will be assessed by a panel, which will consider the ‘value’ and ‘quality’ of the residency to our work as a teaching space and high-quality, live performing arts venue, taking into account the in-kind value requested from AMATA.

To help applicants calculate the in-kind value and consider this in relation to the offer being proposed, our studios vary from £90 + VAT per day for a capacity of 10 people to £300 + VAT per day for a studio capacity of 60 (some of these have semi-sprung floors) and £600 + VAT per day for our studios with a seated capacity of 150 (some of these have sprung floors). A quote based on your proposed application can be provided in advance of application with suitable notice by emailing:

All applications must be submitted via the following online form:

Click Here to submit your application for the 25 February Deadline

Click Here to download a word document drafting form version for the online application form.


For all general residency enquiries, please email:

James Randell (Front of House Manager):

Pete Hooper (Technical & Facilities Manager):


Residency applications will not be considered if they are submitted after each advertised deadline. AMATA’s decision is final, but feedback will be provided were appropriate. The outcome of residency applications will be provided approximately 14 working days following application deadlines. Approved applications must comply with contractual agreements.

(Accurate at the time of publishing – January 2022 and subject to annual review)

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