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Touring programme awards over £2 million in latest round

Arts Council England is awarding 6 successful applicants a total of £2,060,147 in the latest round of the Strategic Touring Programme. 

The Strategic touring programme aims to give people better access to quality work in a range of venues to reach more people across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture.

Successful projects include:

idle women, idle women (on the water)

The idle women (on the water) project, an exciting combined-arts project by and for women, is a floating arts centre in a converted cargo narrowboat that will tour the waterways of the North West of England.  Its core mission is to offer creative opportunities to women: it will host 7 on-board residencies for experienced female artists, offer over 800 creative sessions such as workshops, author readings, screenings and interactive activities and 104 performance and exhibition days.  In collaboration with the Canal & River Trust, it will travel across the region, visiting places with less provision and lower engagement in the arts, such as Blackburn, Burnley, Dewsbury and St. Helen’s and work with four Arts Council Creative People and Places projects which encourage local people to engage with and shape their local arts scene.  It will give local women and girls the chance to take part in arts activities, as creators and audiences, and build partnerships with local women’s organisations.

Zest Theatre, Gatecrash

Set in a fictional teenage house party, ‘Gatecrash’ is an innovative and immersive theatre production which uses Silent Disco technology  for teenagers that places the audience within the party – they are ‘gatecrashers’ who watch, play, drink, dance and explore the house.  The play will tour to Hartlepool Town Hall, Barnsley Civic, CAST, Doncaster and the Lyric Hammersmith and provide week-long residences in each location, with 8 performances and workshops in local schools. Teenagers are at the heart of this project – Zest Theatre worked with 81 young people to develop the concept, and teenagers in each location will have the chance to work on the production and promotion of the play.

Black Voices, Black Voices Spring Tour – Rural Southwest

All female a-capella quintet Black Voices will embark on a tour in rural areas in the South West.  Partnering with Rural Touring arts agencies in Dorset, Devon and Wiltshire, the eight date tour will work with four community choirs and deliver 10 mini performances in residential care homes.  Black Voices is the only all-female group singing in the black oral tradition in the Midlands, and this tour will bring their distinctive style to new and diverse audiences in rural areas who rely on touring projects to take part in arts and culture.

Ferens Art Gallery, ARTIST ROOMS on Tour 2016-19

Building on the great success of the 2013-2015 tour, ARTIST ROOMS on Tour 2016-19 will continue to take world-class contemporary art to people across the country.  Venues across the UK will host artworks from the ARTIST ROOMS collection owned jointly by Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland comprising 1,600 works by 39 artists including Joseph Beuys, Agnes Martin, Damien Hirst and Louise Bourgeois.  The ARTIST ROOMS collection reaches and inspires new audiences across the country, particularly young people.  A new mentoring programme will help to develop arts professionals and build relationships between the venues, to create a strong touring art network.

See the full list of successful applicants

The Strategic touring programme welcomes applications for a wide range of high-quality work on tour including, in particular mid-scale theatre, inbound international work and projects by and for people from diverse backgrounds.

Find out more about the programme and how to apply


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