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  • 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.

  • Vaccancy: Touring Development Officer, Creative Arts East

    Creative Arts East are recruiting for a full-time Touring Development Officer, on a one year contract. Please see attached the Job Pack and Application Form.

    The post holder will work with the Community Touring Manager on the implementation, delivery and administration of a range of touring development projects as part of the Creative Arts East Live! Rural Touring Scheme, including a Southeast Libraries Touring initiative, Inn Crowd pub touring and new promoter development.

  • Northern Consortium & NEADN Rural Touring Development Programme

    Northern Consortium & NEADN
    Rural Touring Development Programme
    for artists and companies new to rural touring

    The Northern Consortium and North East Artist Development Network (NEADN) are looking for up to six artists and companies to take part in a development programme to create new work suitable for rural touring, which includes training, mentoring and a showcase event.

    The programme provides professional support for artists and companies new to rural touring, working in conjunction with the North East Artist Development Network and six rural touring schemes:

    • ArtERY Live: East Riding of Yorkshire
    • Arts Out West
    • Cheshire Rural Touring Arts
    • LiveLincs: North Lincolnshire
    • Highlights North
    • Rural Arts North Yorkshire
    • Spot On Lancashire

    The programme includes:

    • A half day training session on pitching and presenting your work (Mon 8 Apr 2019)
    • Presentation of an excerpt of your work at a showcase for rural touring promoters (Mon 29 Apr 2019)
    • Opportunity for follow up mentoring from rural touring scheme managers

    The aim of the development scheme is to support artists and companies new to rural touring to prepare, pitch and present their work for selection by rural touring scheme managers and promoters, leading to touring opportunities in autumn 2019 and beyond.

    Following the showcase, a number of companies will be selected to receive follow up mentoring, which will include advice from scheme managers as well as opportunities to meet experienced rural touring companies and volunteer promoters.

    Why rural touring?

    Rural touring offers a fantastic platform for artists and companies to reach audiences who, due to their geographical location, may not be able to experience their work in traditional theatre and arts centre settings. The importance of this platform should not be underestimated.

    “Bringing art to people in this way makes theatre more accessible and affordable for outlying communities who may otherwise not have the means to travel to theatres further afield, or have the confidence to visit them. It has enhanced our community greatly, improving community engagement whilst also enriching people’s live.” Chris Bridgman, Artistic Director, Kirkgate Arts & Arts Out West

    “It’s like I’ve started a new life, I’m doing more and not just sitting at home” Geoffrey, aged 84 who attends both performances and workshops in Thirsk through Rural Arts

    Who can apply?

    We are looking for companies who:

    • have never performed through a rural touring network
    • are interested in engaging with rural touring venues and audiences
    • have an adventurous, engaging, distinctive piece of work that will be available for booking by rural touring schemes in autumn 2019 and beyond
    • believe that their show can be presented in rural venues
    • are based in the UK
    • are able to attend a training day on Mon 8 Apr 2019, and perform an excerpt of their work as part of the showcase on Mon 29 Apr 2019

    Applications can be for new or existing shows of any genre, suitable for adults or children.

    As part of our commitment to the Creative Case for Diversity, the selection panel will prioritise artists and companies with protected characteristics including artists of colour and/or who identify as LGBTQ and/or disabled which are currently under-represented in rural touring.

    The showcase will take place on Mon 29 Apr 2019, at Theatre Hullabaloo in Darlington. Each company will have the opportunity to:

    • Give a 5 minute presentation on themselves and their work
    • Perform up to 15 minutes worth of work
    • Engage in direct conversations with the rural touring scheme managers and volunteer promoters


    Selected companies can claim up to £100 to pay for expenses towards attending the training day and up to £150 towards attending the showcase day.

    Companies selected for mentoring will receive a bursary of £375 towards travel costs.

    How to apply

    Before applying, we strongly recommend you read this guide to rural touring provided by Highlights North:

    If you are interested in applying, please download an application form and equality & diversity monitoring form here and return both to by 10am, Mon 25 Feb 2019.

    If you need to submit your application in an alternative accessible format please contact us in advance so that we know to expect it.