Touring and the new National portfolio

Touring remains a real priority for the Arts Council and we have increased our investment in a wide range of organisations that tour high quality, ambitious work to audiences across the country including Hofesh Shechter, Crying Out Loud, English Touring Opera and Rasa Productions.

A key activity for many National portfolio touring organisations

For a wide range of National portfolio organisations including the Southbank Centre's Hayward Touring, New Perspectives, Akram Khan and Britten Sinfonia, touring remains a key activity. Furthermore, we will expect to work with all national portfolio touring organisations to help us ensure that more people experience and are inspired by the arts.

New organisations receive funding for touring

We have also introduced some new exciting organisations which tour work into the portfolio, including the Children's Bookshow, the Opera Group, Company Chameleon, Propellor and Protein Dance.

Support for rural touring

We are continuing to fund a number of rural and community touring agencies to ensure people across England access to high quality art, with increased investment for Black Country Touring, Villages in Action and Arts in rural Gloucestershire. A new entry to the portfolio is the Pound Arts Trust in Wiltshire. The National Rural Touring Forum, based in Yorkshire, has increased investment in order to support the development of rural touring nationally.

Consolidated support for touring work for children and young people

Investment in organisations including Company of Angels, Travelling Light, Fevered Sleep, balletLORENT and Oily Cart will help us achieve our goal for every child and young person to experience the arts.

Support for a range of touring organisations which exemplify the creative case for diversity

We are also continuing to support a range of touring organisations which exemplify the creative case for diversity, with increased investment for a number including Deafinitely Theatre, Rifco arts, Punch Music, Candoco, Milap and StopGap Dance. Diverse organisations joining the touring portfolio include: Yaram Pursuits, Eclipse Theatre, Sonia Sabri Dance, Zendeh, Red Earth and Open Clasp Theatre.

Support for touring across the Arts Council's funding programmes

In addition to touring activities within the national portfolio, we will continue to support touring work through Grants for the arts and through a new strategic lottery fund, details of which will be announced shortly.