Recognising the need for a regular, supportive platform for emerging Scottish based artists with fresh ideas, Cryptic launched Cryptic Nights in 2009 and has presented over 270 artists in partnership with the?Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA)?in Glasgow. ?Crossing creative boundaries with new technologies, live music, visual and sonic art, Cryptic Nights presents a selection of the highest quality emerging talent.

Many Cryptic Nights? artists have gone on to have highly successful careers, most notably Rachel Maclean, Robbie Thomson, Sarah Kenchington, James Houston, Anna Meredith and Yann Seznec.

The next deadline for applications to Cryptic Nights is 12noon?on Monday 16 July 2018.

Celebrating?10 years of Cryptic Nights, we are looking for ambitious, emerging artists based in Scotland, who create high quality, innovative visual work with original music or sound-based elements at its core. We are particularly interested in submissions that use technology in new and creative ways. With Cryptic?s support, artists will be guided in the development of an existing idea or piece of work.

Selected projects will receive:

  • A guaranteed minimum fee of ?500 per performance/installation for a maximum of two performances with support, advice and space to take risks;
  • A platform for your work supported by an experienced, international arts company;
  • Venue, technical, PR and marketing support;
  • Travel and accommodation bursaries for those living outside Glasgow where applicable;
  • An opportunity to build a new audience and raise your profile;
  • Free entry to other Cryptic Nights throughout the year;
  • Valuable opportunities to develop networks.


Whilst Cryptic Nights is mainly based in CCA, Glasgow, we are also interested in innovative, site-specific works. We do not?support traditional theatre, dance or literature, and we prefer not to support work which has already been given a substantial platform or support from other arts organisations. We aim to fill a gap.

We understand that an artist?s creative career can emerge at any stage in life and our selection process reflects this. The Cryptic Nights programme is selected by a panel of arts professionals based on application criteria, quality of work and potential for development. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from artists with diverse experiences, perspectives and backgrounds which are essential for innovation to thrive and for new ideas to emerge.

If you would like to apply, please download the submission guidelines below. If you require additional support in completing the application please contact Rachel at

Applications should be sent as a single PDF?file (max 15MB) to The PDF file name and email subject line should read YOURNAME Cryptic Nights 2019/20 Application.

Deadline:?12noon Monday 16 July 2018