We have awarded a total of £1,630,706 to 10 projects in the seventh funding round of our Strategic touring programme. Read more about the projects below:
ArtReach - Night of Festivals tour
Grant amount: £145,000
ArtReach will tour Night of Festivals, an established and culturally diverse multi-arts event, to Nottingham, Boston, Slough and Leicester. The tour will develop audiences and increase engagement with young people, as well as create new dialogue and collaboration.
Battersea Arts Centre - Collaborative Touring Consortium
Grant amount: £649,000
The Collaborative Touring Consortium is made up of seven national partners who will devise a new touring model over a three-year programme. Six partners in areas of low arts engagement in Yorkshire, the South West and South East will programme a diverse range of work with Battersea Arts Centre in a new model based on collaboration, context and dialogue.
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group - Textures, Tones and Traces
Grant amount: £62,665
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, in partnership with Arts Alive and Craftspace, will produce Textures, Tones and Traces, a contemporary music and visual arts touring programme. It is specially conceived for, and in consultation with, rural venues in Shropshire and Herefordshire, extending the type and quality of art available to rural audiences in the West Midlands and surrounding area.
Iain Pate - The Art Lending Library
Grant amount: £42,997
The Art Lending Library is a curated exhibition of over 60 artworks by established and emerging UK and international artists. It will tour to gallery and library venues across Yorkshire and the North East, with a programme of supporting events and resources. During the exhibition members of the public will borrow artworks for temporary display in their own homes, places of work, or community spaces.
Impressions Gallery - Hidden schools tour and workshops
Grant amount: £96,088
Impressions Gallery will produce Hidden, a touring exhibition of photography by Red Saunders. The exhibition will tour to 13 schools in Bradford and will be accompanied by educational workshops, including 'Put you in the Picture', an imaginative immersive education and audience development project. Impressions Gallery will evaluate and share the learning from this pilot with the wider photography and visual arts sector.
JABADAO - The Tig
Grant amount: £92,398
In this two-year audience development project, JABADAO will tour The Tig, an inflatable arts space aimed at children aged 0-6 and their families. It will be taken to community venues across four English regions and aimed specifically those who are not currently engaged in arts activity. The tour will include follow-up activities including family workshops and debate. JABADAO will make new links with arts and early years promoters and will build its profile as an organisation.
Lucy English - Count Me In
Grant amount: £29,990
Lucy English will tour Count Me In, a promenade spoken word production on the theme of 'numbers', in the rural areas of Gloucester, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Wiltshire. Supporting the production will be workshops where participants can devise a segment which can be woven into the show, based on numbers which are important to them. This show is aimed at communities where spoken word is under-represented. The tour will be supported by three students from Bath Spa University's outreach programme.
Nutkhut - The Mela Partnership
Grant amount: £101,109
Nutkhut will work with Manchester Mela, Preston Mela, Blackburn Festival and Culturepedia to develop a network of organisations based in the North West who will work together to develop a programme of activity aimed at developing Asian audiences particularly in places of least engagement.
Walk the Plank - Spellbound (a.k.a. Rama and Sita)
Grant amount: £163,364
Walk the Plank will work with eight promoters over two years to present Spellbound across five English regions. The production is inspired by the Ramayan and told through shadow play, traditional Indian dance, puppetry and music, with special effects. It will be aimed at young people and families and showcased to an outdoor audience of 3000-5000 people.
Way Art West - Track Change
Grant amount: £248,095
Way Art West will produce Track Change, a three-year touring programme which aims to develop Black and Asian audiences and venue infrastructure, targeting cities in the South West, West Midlands, North West, East Midlands, and London. Track Change will create a commercially viable touring programme based on dynamic partnerships between communities and venues, to source, promote and host large-scale music concerts attracting significant Black, Asian and minority ethnic audiences.