Make Do & Mend offers artists a chance to develop an idea, based around a theme that considers the position of women and girls living in Scotland today.

The project title, Make Do & Mend, is derived from a World War II pamphlet that encouraged women to be frugal and stylish. This fund exists to see what artists can achieve with limited resources – a contemporary take on the wartime slogan.

Since the project’s launch in 2018, we have awarded 23 artists seed funding to develop a new work that responds to different themes and provocations.

Make Do & Mend 2021 – by Stellar Quines and Bijli Productions 


This round of Make Do & Mend is in collaboration with Bijli Productions and invited proposals responding to the theme of ‘thrive’.

The selected artists and projects are:

  • Andrea Cabrera Luna Instructions on How to Cry
  • Anne Wood (lead artist), Kath Burlinson, Niloo Far Khan & John McGeochWhen Mountains Meet
  • Catherine Bisset (lead artist), Angela Milton & Rebecca Fairnie Toxic Thrives: An existence unmolested by the rumbling of a soul
  • Gillian Katungi We Thrive: A work in progress
  • Libby Odai (lead artist), Chrissie Ardill & Zephyr Liddell Is Anybody There?
  • Lubna Kerr Bella and Max
  • Maria Sappho (lead artist) & Kate Steenhauer In the Bell

Find out more about the projects.

We are thrilled to support artists working across different types of performance such as verbatim, interdisciplinary performance and devised work. The development projects we are supporting vary in scale from individual projects to collectives.

This round of Make Do & Mend focussed on supporting projects where the lead artist identified as being BIPOC+ – 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

Mini Make Do & Mend 2020

This Mini Make Do & Mend offered an opportunity for artists to create something amazing in response to the theme of transformation.

Aimed at emerging artists, it was part of a series of Stellar Quines COVID-19 response activities. We recognised that, whilst the pandemic has had huge impacts and affected everyone in different complex ways, artists who are newer to the industry have fewer opportunities than before.

There was a great response to this call out and the panel were impressed by the variety of creative and intriguing ideas submitted. We received proposals from artists working in a variety of forms and genres, including theatre, set design, spoken word and dance.

The selected artists and projects were announce in summer 2020:

  • Interabang – Lead Artists: Rachel Flynn (Co-writer/producer) and Mia Oudeh (Actor/Co-Writer); with Ryan Dewar (Director/Editor) – Said The Dove To The Olive Tree 
  • Kathryn Weaving – New performance architectures: creating alternative performance spaces by combining textiles and environment 
  • Mhairi McCall – Weight (working title) 
  • Niamh O’Loughlin – A Changeling Wife. 
  • Róisín Sheridan-Bryson – Making Sharon Fruit (working title) 
  • Sophia McLean – BoomTown 

Find out more about the projects.

Make Do & Mend 2019 by Stellar Quines and Birds of Paradise

Stellar Quines collaborated with Birds of Paradise (BOP) on this round of Make Do & Mend.

Motherhood: what is the connection between mother and child?

The bond between a mother and their child is unlike any other – but it is often a complex and tangled relationship. For this Make Do & Mend we invited artists to respond to this theme of motherhood and the connections involved. Artists did not need to be a mother or parent to apply.

It was a very competitive round and the panel were very impressed by the range of projects that were submitted. The chosen artists were announced in February 2020:

  • Robert Bennett (leader of project), Chloe Divers (project coordinator), Janice Barbour, Jorja Follina, Lesley Howard, Jourdan Walker (dancers) – Dancing in the Dark
  • Emily and Cherrie Beaney Breaking the Fall
  • Heather Marshall, Creative Electric Medusa 2020
  • Jen McGregor Screech
  • Ruth Rankin (lead artist) and Naomi Stirrat (collaborator) – UnTangled

Find out more about the projects.

Make Do & Mend 2018 by Stellar Quines and Terra Incognita

In 2018, we had two provocations, one in response to women’s rights and another, in partnership with Terra Incognita, in response to activism. The 2018 awardees and themes were:

‘How have the rights of women changed since 1918 and what does the future hold?’

Mini Make Do & Mend in partnership with Glasgow based Terra Incognita:‘Campaigning women over the last century – what next?’

All creative teams for each Make Do & Mend project engage a minimum of 70% woman identifying participants which reflects our own commitment to gender balance.

Equalities Diversity and Inclusivity sits at the heart of Stellar Quine’s core values, as our ambitions to inspire excellence in women & girls are embraced by the organisation on every level. While women and girls remain our over-arching focus, Race/Ethnicity and Pregnancy & Maternity serve as cross cutting themes.