NRTF awarded ACE research grant

The NRTF are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded a research grant of £156,202 by Arts Council England.

The grant is for a two-year research project with Coventry University which seeks to investigate the individual and community benefits of rural touring arts, a relatively under-researched area. It will provide a national, evidence-based, assessment of the rural geography of arts participation and impact. The project will have a longitudinal focus examining the cumulative impact of rural touring activities through time. A range of both ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ impacts will be investigated, including sense of community, place identify, confidence, well-being, social isolation and direct and indirect economic impacts.

More detailed information on the project will be announced at a later date.


  • Kerry Bartlett

    Kerry Bartlett


    Brilliant news! Well done to all involved, what an important piece of research this will be. If we can help in the South West at all, just let us know!

  • Duncan MacInnes


    Love to be part of this and share 25 years of data of events in rural Highlands.

  • OliverCarpenter



    Excellent News! An important piece of the jigsaw that will support and explain Rural Touring well into the future.

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