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The North benefits from over £1 million in Strategic touring funding

  • Date: 26 March 2014
  • Area: North
'The Life & Loves of a Nobody' by Third Angel, a touring company involved in the ARC & Dep Arts project

'The Life & Loves of a Nobody' by Third Angel, a touring company involved in the ARC & Dep Arts project. Credit: Marcus Sarko

Four organisations in the North have been awarded funding in the thirteenth round of our Strategic touring programme.

The programme aims to give more people across the country better access to quality work across a range of venues. It targets places with low levels of art engagement, especially those that rely on touring for arts and culture, and increases work for and by children and young people and people from diverse backgrounds.

ARC Stockton Arts Centre (£862,430) will work with Dep Arts to bring 150 performances in nine venues across the North East, enabling audiences to experience great work on their doorstep. The project will also help to strengthen the touring infrastructure thereby benefitting audiences in the long term.

Fittings Multimedia (£109,950) will develop, create and tour a new deaf friendly work called Missing! The project will commence with 12 months of outreach work with groups of young people, focusing in particular on reaching deaf and disabled and socially excluded groups. They will work with these groups to develop and create digital content which will then form part of the new show. In the second year of the project, the completed work will tour to a range of traditional and non-traditional venues in the areas where the outreach residencies took place.

The Met (£138,000) will lead a consortium named Smaller Rooms Touring to develop skills and knowledge in music programming and development. Over three years the consortium will promote four emerging artists who will showcase at regional festivals and venues with support to develop local audiences - creating a network of skilled, resilient small venues in the North.

Red Ladder Theatre Company (£21,500) will tour Playing the Joker to 26 venues, comprising of sports and rugby league clubs across the north area. The tour will work towards building new partners and a network of touring venues to attract new and low engaged audiences.

Ten organisations were awarded funding in round of the programme and between them will receive a total of just over £2 million.