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  • South Downs National Park Authority/Inn Crowd – Writer/Performer in Residence Opportunity

    Applause Rural Touring (ART) and South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) are pleased to announce a new partnership to commission a spoken word inspired show that explores and records residents relationship, thoughts and feelings of the South Downs National Park and will tour across the region in 2019 as part of the Inn Crowd project.

    Inn Crowd supports rural pubs to host spoken word-inspired live performances, working with some of the UK’s top artists and performers to provide pubs in rural areas with professional, high-quality, fantastic live entertainment and reinforces the pub as a central, vibrant part of community life. Further information about Inn Crowd can be found here

    We are looking for an individual or collective that has the necessary skills and experience to deliver both creative and artistic excellence along with strong project management. The project will run from January – August 2019 and will include the following:

    • Research: Identify pubs and local community groups/schools to participate and contribute to the project and to host the new show.
    • Residency : develop innovative and creative ways to gather material focused on the South Downs and people’s relationship with it, using local community networks and host pubs.
    • Commission: from the material gathered develop one or more pieces for performance in host pubs.
    • Performance: deliver 7 shows in host pubs across the region.

    It is anticipated that this is a collaborative project and that the Lead writer/performer is likely to  engage other creative practitioners to support the delivery of this work.

    Research and Project Management (10 days minimum) – in collaboration with SDNPA and ART to research appropriate host pubs in the lead areas and liaise with pubs and participating groups to arrange workshops and visits. It is essential that a diverse range of pubs are sourced and in particular we want to target small rural villages, and isolated and relatively deprived rural areas.

    Residency (21 days - 3 days per location x 7) - Deliver opportunities for creative engagement with local communities to explore and record residents relationship, thoughts and feelings of the SDNP. Activities to include (but not limited to) workshops/interactions with primarily community groups, and schools as part of residency days or activities in host pubs. Content of workshops and visits will be focussed on gathering material specific to the South Downs National Park, people’s relation with the landscape, buildings, work and home environment.

    Commission - Using the information and observations recorded as part of the residency, create one or more pieces for performance at Host pubs. The resulting work for performance must reflect the thoughts, feelings and responses by local residents about the SDNP as well as those of the WIR.

    Touring – perform a minimum of 7 shows across the region

    Time Scale (indicative):
    November/December 2018: interviews and appointment of WIR.
    December – February 2018: research period to scope and identify pubs/communities and opportunities for engagement.
    March – May 2019: residencies and engagement opportunities.
    June - July : writer develops new work/s
    August/September :touring of new work in community venues/pubs

    Research and Project Administration Fee: £2,000 (minimum of 10 days)
    Total Residency Fee for lead artist and visiting artists or performers: £6300 (minimum of 21 days)
    Commission fee for development of spoken word inspired show - £4000
    Touring fees @ £450 inclusive per show – (minimum of 7)


    To apply please send a CV, to include links to samples of your written work and any live performances plus accompanying letter of no more than one side of A4 highlighting your relevant experience and what you would bring to the project to Sally Lampitt
    Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 24 November
    Interviews 3-5 December (please confirm that you are available for interview)

  • Highlights Featured in latest Big Issue North

    Rural Touring scheme Highlights are featred in the latest Big Issue North which is available to dowload from the collum on the right or you can read the article online here.

  • JOB OPPORTUNITY - Live & Local Marketing Assistant

    Marketing Assistant

    £16,772 to £18,251 subject to experience (full time/ 35 hrs per week/ flexi-time) with supplementary payments for any additional weekend and unsociable hours worked.

    Joining a team of ten in Warwick the Marketing Assistant supports the Marketing & Communications Manager in all aspects of marketing and communications, with specific responsibility for print management for the live rural & community touring scheme and the community cinema scheme, communications (delegated elements of PR and media/ press function, including digital media), and will deputise for the Marketing & Communications Manager (MCM) in their absence.

    You should have a passion for the arts and be an efficient and enthusiastic person with good organisational, communication and computer skills, a friendly personality, good written English and an eye for design. Previous arts marketing experience essential.

    Deadline: Monday 29 October 2018, 5pm
    Interviews: w/c Monday 05 November 2018
    Starting: w/c Monday 10 December 2018 (latest) or earlier
    Application pack: available for download
    Application: via online application form only

  • Hike For Highlights Report

    Hike for Highlights was the first fundraising event trialled by Highlights Rural Touring in June 2018. The idea
    stemmed from a conversation about a fundraiser that would link each of the halls across the three counties of
    Cumbria, County Durham and one stage we had been planning that it would be a relay over the
    fields! The conversations began in spring 2017 with the promoters at a training day where the name Hike for
    Highlights was produced. Over the next few months it was decided by committee that this should be a sponsored
    walk, with a cream tea and a performance that would link it back into what we do best – bringing performance to
    local areas.

    On 3rd of June 2018 11 venues took part in Hike for Highlights, raising over £4000, £3900 of which was eligible for
    catalyst match funding from the Arts Council.

    Read the full report by downloading from the link on the right.

    For more information about Hike for Highlights contact Holly Goodfellow: