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  • Rural Touring Dance Initiative announces call out for artists

    • The consortium seeking to bring more dance to rural venues is on the lookout for artists to take part in its next phase
    • The project is supported by Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring programme and an award from Arts Council Wales
    • The RTDI is keen to maintain a diverse programme and is interested in hearing from BAMER, disabled artists and those creating work suitable for children and families in particular

    Application deadline: 12 noon, Thursday 5 th September 2019

    The Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI), a partnership between The Place, Take Art the National Rural Touring Forum and China Plate has launched a call out for dance artists to tour their work to rural
    spaces across the UK. The project is made possible by a second major award from Arts Council England Strategic Touring program and an award from Arts Council Wales.

    The project, which has previously supported artists including Lost Dog, Protein, Joan Cleville, Uchenna Dance and bgroup, is an opportunity to tour existing work to rural locations. In addition to guaranteed show fees there is a limited number of bursaries averaging £1200 for artists with existing shows to adapt shows for rural touring. Companies who have toured with the RTDI have averaged 7 supported shows with fees varying from £850 to £1400 depending on scale and cost. There is also a paid for residential workshop exploring touring dance to
    rural locations to prepare artists for the experience.

    The RTDI is keen to maintain a diverse programme and welcomes applications from disabled and BAMER artists. And in addition to its usual program for adult audiences is invested in touring work suitable for children and families.

    The deadline for applications is midday on Thursday 5 Sep 2019. Artists will be notified that they have been selected for the 2020/21 menu the week commencing 7 Oct 2019, followed by a Practical Introduction to Rural Touring for Contemporary Dance Lab 13 – 15 November 2019 in Dorset.

    For the RTDI, Project manager Claire Smith said “The RTDI is going from strength to strength –dance is being repeat programmed by promoters who would not have thought about promoting dance a few years ago
    and audiences are loving it  – so apply and get involved ! “  

    Find out how to apply here:

    @Ruraltouring | #ruraldance |

  • Artsreach Celebrates Film Premiere!


    The team behind Dorset’s rural touring arts charity, Artsreach, are pleased to unveil their brand new short film, showcasing the valuable work they carry out countywide each year.

    Since the launch of its first programme in March 1990, Artsreach has been committed to working with over 300 volunteers across Dorset to overcome the barriers of rural isolation by providing communities with access to professional arts events, firmly believing that engagement enriches quality of life.

    Every year, Artsreach programmes over 150 live events, with over 11,000 audience visits in around 55 rural communities. Over £30,000 is raised each year to directly benefit village halls and community organisations through the Artsreach programme.

    Funded by the Arts Council and Dorset Council, and a member of the National Rural Touring Forum, Artsreach is vital in meeting the cultural needs of rural communities in Dorset, supporting the personal, social and emotional wellbeing of a diverse range of residents of all ages.

    Becky Varndell, Marketing and Development Officer for Artsreach says,

    “We are really excited to be able to release this film, celebrating the breadth and depth of the work that we programme across the county of Dorset. Our brilliant filmmaker really captures the dedication of our volunteers and the spirit of community cohesion, which lies at the heart of Artsreach events. We’re tremendously grateful for the generous support we currently receive from Arts Council England and Dorset Council, as well as from individuals, Trust and Foundations and companies. Local authority and public sector funding cuts continue to pose a significant threat to the cultural activities Artsreach provides, and it is hoped that this video will reach out to people and help to sustain the scheme for years to come.”

    Click on the link below to watch the new Artsreach film:

    To find out how you can get involved and support Artsreach visit

  • 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!