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  • Job Opportunity: Events Assistant Arts Alive

    Arts Alive is seeking someone who is good at administration, communication and is energetic and self-motivated. Ideally you will be a performing arts and/or film enthusiast.

    Are Alive puts on well over 1000 events a year and we are looking for a new member of our small but dedicated team to help deliver high quality events in village halls.

    The post will have some scope for home working but will be based in Churchstoke, Powys.

    Hours: 37 hrs a week

    The Salary will be: £16,354.00 (£8.50 per hour)

    If you are interested please email for more details.

    Deadline:  Tuesday 30th April.

    We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons.

  • Arts Alive Welcomes New Live Events Programmer

    April marks some fresh beginnings for Arts Alive and Flicks in the Sticks, with a new Live Events Programmer, Cerin Mills replacing Sian Kerry as she leaves after 20 years. Originally from the area, Cerin has been familiar with Arts Alive, Shropshire and Herefordshire’s Rural Touring Scheme, since its inception; this includes the wide-ranging live programme of national and international theatre, dance, music, poetry and work for families Arts Alive offers year-round.

    Cerin has had an interesting and diverse career which boasts over 25 years of experience within the arts. Her involvement in this sector began in the 1990’s, inspiring young people’s creativity as a Performing Arts Teacher in Shropshire. Following a move northward, Cerin became Edinburgh Council’s Principal Arts and Learning Officer before working her way up to Head of Creativity and Diversity at The Festival and King’s Theatres Edinburgh. In this position she was responsible for all of the learning and engagement work, in particular some trail blazing work on dementia friendly initiatives and relaxed and inclusive performances. She was part of a programming team selecting local, national and international work for three venues and in outreach spaces and unusual places. 

    Fortunately for Arts Alive, after 15 years of working in Edinburgh, Cerin returned to her Shropshire roots. Since being back in December 2017, Cerin has been the Arts Development Officer for Shropshire Council, reconnecting with the thriving arts sector across Shropshire. Cerin is a dementia champion for The Alzheimer’s Society and in her spare time runs training in dementia awareness. 

    It is the start of a new era for Arts Alive, with an exciting and inspiring season ahead. As part of the Arts Alive 20th Birthday year, Cerin is planning some participatory work linked to Live events, more details to follow …Welcome Cerin!

  • Job Opportunity: Creative Engagement Officer, Highlights

    Highlights is a thriving arts organisation based in Appleby, Cumbria.  We work with over 65 village halls and volunteer promoters bringing professional arts to rural communities.

    We have an exciting opportunity for a Creative Engagement Officer
    to join our busy team.

    If you have experience of running creative learning activities and an enthusiasm for the arts in rural areas, we’d love to hear from you.

    The post is 2 days a week based in Appleby. Flexible hours.

    Closing date: 14 April
    Interviews: w/b 29 April

    For further details please email
    or visit

  • 2019 conference & Rural Touring Awards

    NRTF CONFERENCE 2019! Hi-Vis: Value, Impact & Success of Rural Touring
    Welcome to NRTF 2019 Conference
    Hi-Vis: Value, Impact & Success of Rural Touring
    2nd – 4th July 2019 Pontio Centre, Bangor, Wales.

    The conference will be a mix of conference sessions and showcasing with the theme of the value of Rural Touring. This is a conference for Schemes, Promoters and Artists of the Rural Touring sector. #HiVisRuralTouring

    More information and costs coming soon.
    In the meantime SAVE THE DATE!

    CYNHADLEDD NRTF 2019 ! Hi-Vis: Gwerth, Effaith a Llwyddiant Teithio Gwledig
    Croeso i gynhadledd NRTF 2019
    2il – 4ydd Gorffennaf 2019 Canolfan Pontio, Bangor, Cymru

    Bydd y cynhadledd yn gymysgedd o sesiynau cynhadledd ac arddangosfeydd gyda’r thema o gwerth Teithio Gwledig.
    Cynhadledd ar gyfer Cynlluniau, Hyrwyddwyr ac Artistiaid y Sector Teithio Gwledig yw hon #HiVisRuralTouring

    Mwy o wybodaeth a chostau i ddilyn.
    Yn y cyfamser Cadwch y Dyddiad !

    National Rural Touring Awards celebrate the breadth, passion and professionalism prevalent in the rural touring sector. The awards recognise the quality of the arts, the promoters, venues and wider industry. It is our opportunity to draw attention to the quality of performance and performing companies as well as to collaborations and the network of individuals who go above and beyond on behalf of the health and cohesion of their local community. The awards reward not just the winners but everyone who has performed, organised and taken part in Rural Arts & Touring.

    You are invited to vote for what has stood out for you in rural touring last year in 2018!

    Click here to see the full list of awards and to place your nominations.