Find out more about Make Do & Mend 

Rhea Lewis, Stellar Quines Project Producer, explains more about our latest Make Do & Mend opportunity, in collaboration with Bijli Productions, and the support it offers to artists.

I am thrilled that for this year’s Make Do & Mend there is a focus on supporting ethnically diverse artists living in Scotland.

The Make Do & Mend series has been devised to provide support in developing ideas, and for there to be more autonomy over the way you like to work as an artist. It’s about opening up that space to experiment with your practice – to try out something you wouldn’t normally get a chance to do.

Stellar Quines recognises that there are multiple barriers put on artists from ethnically and culturally diverse heritages living in Scotland.  This year’s programme seeks to re-address some of those barriers.  As part of Stellar Quines artistic programme, this year’s Make Do & Mend was always going to be focused on supporting artists who identify as being BIPOC+. We use this term to refer to people who identify as being from the African diaspora, Latinx, the East Asian diaspora, from the South East Asian Diaspora, from the South Asian Diaspora, West Asian (includes Middle East) Diaspora, Indigenous people, bi-racial/ mixed heritage, or who also self-identify as a Person of Colour or Black.

In our application pack we have a FAQ section, but here is some more background and things to consider that could be helpful if you are thinking of applying.

What support is available? What can I expect?

This programme is designed so that you as an artist have autonomy. However, Stellar Quines and Bijli Productions are available for support in different ways during the programme.

Mariem Omari (Bijli Productions Artistic Director) – as a writer and artistic lead of an organisation, Mariem would be available to share dramaturgical support, a mentoring like session where she can talk to you about your artistic career, and alongside Jemima Levick (Stellar Quines Artistic Director) can be available for any other artistic conversations helpful to you. See below for Mariem’s biography

Rhea Lewis (Stellar Quines Project Producer) – as a creative producer working inter-disciplinary, Rhea can provide some producer support to your project during this time and can support you to consider some logistical elements and next steps. Read Rhea’s biography 

Jemima Levick (Stellar Quines Artistic Director) – as a director working across theatre and also in screen Jemima can be available to talk through those processes, Jemima can also provide dramaturgical feedback on scripts (if applicable). Read Jemima’s biography 

Both organisations can talk to you about next steps – including potential partners, marketing and communications guidance

Budget – what can I spend it on?

Per project proposal there is a maximum spend of £2,000. This can be spent on what the project needs. For example:

  • equipment & software – do you need a zoom account to work with your collaborators?
  • materials – could include costume, research materials
  • fees – collaborators fees, your fee

Please make sure you pay yourself and your collaborators properly in this project. You can refer to the different rates of pay and unions here:

The theme what does it really mean?

We’ve specifically kept the theme open so that it could either be thematically linked to what you would like to work on, or it could be about how you would like to thrive in your practice, or even both!

Who is on the selection panel?

The selection panel will consist of Mariem Omari (Bijli Productions), Rhea Lewis (Stellar Quines), and Jemima Levick (Stellar Quines).

Do you have any other questions? Would you like to chat to us about your application or the different ways in which you could apply?

Please join us for our surgery day on Friday 27th November. Book here:

And if you can’t make that day then please email us your questions to or you can email me directly at

Mariem Omari biography:

Mariem Omari is an Arab-Scottish writer who lived in conflict zones across the Middle East and North Africa for five years, and during that time worked with refugees and survivors of violence. She has since committed to promoting the stories of voices that are not often heard to advocate for greater human rights and equality. Her first play, ‘If I Had A Girl…’, on honour violence in Asian communities in Scotland, sold-out in Glasgow in 2016, and toured nationally in 2017. She was one of the National Theatre of Scotland’s Starter for 10, selected to develop her play, ‘One Mississippi’ which showcased in 2017, and will be touring Scotland in 2021. She had three plays commissioned and produced in 2019 – an adaptation of ‘Trojan Women’, ‘The Trojans’, performed by Syrian Refugees; her first children’s play, ‘Paper Memories’, which focused on migration and displacement, and toured as part of the 2019 National Puppetry and Animation Festival; and ‘Walkin’ the Line’ commissioned by AIMS Advocacy as part of the Scottish Mental Health Art Festival 2019. Her new play, ‘Revolution Days’ about her experiences as an Aid Worker, will showcase in 2021; and her new audio piece ‘The Jinn in Me’ commissioned by the BBC/LUX is about Jinn beliefs and their impact on the mental health of a teenager girl. She is Co-founder and Artistic Director of Bijli Productions, Inaugural Company in Residence, National Theatre of Scotland