We have awarded a total of £1.9 million to 9 projects in the seventh funding round eight of our Strategic touring programme. Read more about the projects below:
Breakin' Convention - Breakin' Outwards
Grant amount: £257,337
Breakin' Outwards' national tour of international and local hip hop dance theatre will reach nine venues in eight Arts Council regions, plus one venue in Scotland. Tour dates will include five venues that are in areas of low arts engagement and that have not yet had access to this work. The programme will deliver enhanced marketing and digital support to enable partner venues to achieve audience development aims. Development of new and emerging talent will be supported by the recruitment and mentorship of local Urban Cultural Ambassadors.
Forestry Commission - "Living Symphonies" Strategic Tour and Action Research Pilot
Grant amount: £106,647
The Living Symphonies Strategic Tour and Action Research Pilot will develop both national and local partnerships and sectoral capacity to deliver high quality touring arts activity in a cross-section of forest venues nationally. This pilot tour will visit four forest venues in the East Midlands, West Midlands, South East and East regions with a particular focus on areas of least engagement with the arts.
Forma - The Miners' Hymns Coalfield Tour
Grant amount: £123,740
The Miners' Hymns Coalfield tour of the artist film The Miners' Hymns will reach 29 arts and community venues in seven Arts Council regions, Wales and Scotland , including former coalfield areas across Britain. The programme will culminate with three live performances of the concert version of the piece in Easington Miners Welfare Centre, the Sage Gateshead, and the Barbican. The project will develop new audiences and partnerships, encouraging cross-generation engagement in arts activity and create a sustainable legacy for touring work to regional communities.
IOU Theatre - IOU Visual Arts Digital Development Programme
Grant amount: £71,148
IOUVisual Arts Development Programme. The touring programme will support the development of new audiences for digital visual arts activity and the development of a sustainable, touring network for IOU and digital art work. Work will be toured to five venues across the North West, Yorkshire and East Midlands. Six new partnerships will be developed including four with organisations working in areas of currently low arts engagement.
Forest Forge - Connections
Grant amount: £176,000
Forest Forge Theatre Company will collaborate with three arts centres across Hampshire and the University of Winchester to create three pieces of work over three years working with schools, museums and community groups. These three productions will tour to 18 venues around Hampshire over 30 dates between March 2014 and March 2016. An audience development strategist will be employed to support partners in deepening audience engagement and facilitate learning on audience development strategies.
Contact Theatre - Contact and the NRTF Relationship Phase Two
Grant amount: £109,615
Contact and the NRTF Relationship Phase Two. Contact and NRTF are to deliver a two year strategic rural touring programme leading on from the pilot phase delivered between October 2012 to May 2013. The programme will develop young rural promoter networks, working alongside up to 24 rural touring schemes across the UK and reaching 19 areas of least engagement.
Philharmonia Orchestra - i-Orchestra (working title)
Grant amount: £676,670
i-Orchestra is a three year programme to generate interest and participation from new audiences for classical music via a programme of pioneering digital and live resources in the South West Peninsula. Through research the programme will leave a long-term legacy for audience development and participation, with focus on areas of least arts engagement.
East Midlands Children's Theatre Network
Grant amount: £296,446
East Midlands Children's Theatre Network is a two year pilot programme to build an effective network quality touring children's theatre, primarily within small to mid scale East Midlands venues. The tour will be delivered between January 2014 and June 2015. The pilot will enable thenetwork to develop and strengthen programming, introduce new audiences to live performance, and build confidence, knowledge and skills across network member staff teams to help ensure future sustainability of this work. An arts administration traineeship will be offered on each year of the programme.
New Writing North - Touring Literature in County Durham
Grant amount: £167,065
Touring Literature in County Durham is a two year touring programme delivered between 2013-15 to support the development of a small scale touring network across the North East, North West and Yorkshire regions for Durham Book Festival and its literature and performance activities.