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Slate Retreat: Resilience and Self Care

Mon 26 – Thur 29 March

Slate is an Eclipse Theatre movement supporting Black artists across the north of England.

This residency is for Black* mature women who need to heal, think, converse, plan and collaborate.

*To Eclipse, Black includes anyone who is marginalized for their race or ethnicity.

Across four days and three nights in a space of solidarity, we will ask questions of ourselves that we may not often have the time, space nor opportunity to think about.

This Slate Retreat has been co-curated by Pauline Mayers and Melanie Abrahams, Slate Enabler for North Yorkshire and the Humber.

Pauline Mayers’ career spans over 25 years. As a Rambert trained choreographer and theatre maker, Pauline has performed and taught for contemporary dance companies across the UK. Now integrating theatre and dance, Pauline’s recent work, What If I Told You, toured nationally to critical acclaim and is a shortlisted nominee for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2017. Pauline is Associate Artist at West Yorkshire Playhouse and Chris Goode & Co and is a RTYDS Leader of Tomorrow.

Who is it for?

This opportunity is for female artists of colour who are based in the North of England and 40 years and over.

We want to support your wellbeing and help you to flourish.

The facilitators will support and foster a safe space and have been invited for their strong track-record in shaping holistic approaches to development.

There are 8 spaces available for this unique retreat, and participants will need to be fully available for the duration. Accommodation, food and travel to and from the venue for the purposes of the retreat will be covered by Slate. 

Retreat Venue

Scargill House, Kettlewell, Skipton BD23 5HU


5pm, Mon 26 – 5pm, Thur 29 Mar.

Accommodation will be provided for the nights of 26, 27 and 28 March and meals will be provided from the evening of 26 March to mid-afternoon on 29 March. Accessible rooms are available for accommodation on request.

How to apply

To apply, please visit Eclipse’s website by clicking here for more info. If you have any questions or access requirements please contact


12pm on 12 March 2018.

We will contact successful applicants on 14 March 2018.