National Rural Touring Forum seeks treasurer to join Board

National Rural Touring Forum Board (Trustee) Membership

NRTF is seeking to co-opt a Treasurer.  This is an honorary position requiring one  meeting with the administrator per quarter (in person, by skype or telephone as appropriate); attendance at 4 quarterly board meetings; an annual meeting to discuss the budget plus participation in business planning sub group meetings (in person, by skype or telephone as appropriate). Appropriate expenses are paid.

1. Introduction

The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) represents a number of mainly rural touring schemes and rural arts development agencies, principally across England, that aim to help local people to promote high quality, professional arts events and experiences in rural and other community venues.

The organisation became formally constituted in 1997 and is a registered charity as well as a company limited by guarantee.  NRTF became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2012.

The NRTF is governed by its members through a voluntary Board of management elected annually at the AGM. A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 9 Board members (Trustees) must be elected by and from the full membership. In addition, the Board can co-opt up to 3 persons, who need not be members of the organisation but who are deemed specialists.

All Board members, whether full or co-opted have full voting rights.

Ordinary General Meetings are held quarterly and must take place in fully accessible venues, except where all potential participants are known to have no specific access needs.

Meetings are organised with due regard to geographical location, taking into account the likely constituency of participants, the fact that NRTF is a UK national organisation and accessibility by public transport. Regular meetings should rotate venue except where a single venue mutually acceptable to all can be identified. Currently meetings are held in Birmingham.

A description of the role of NRTF board members in general and the treasurer in particular together with an Expression of Interest form is available in “resources – click here”.

The co-opted treasurer does not need to be part of a rural touring scheme, but knowledge of rural touring and a keen interest in supporting the work of the NRTF and the UK wide rural touring network is essential.  

If you would like to find out more please download the documents in the resources section and feel free to contact Alice Porter at or by telephone 01904 466527 for further information.

Lincolnshire One Venues Conference

In April 2012,  Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV), with funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, embarked on a collaborative project that aims to engage young people  aged 12-25 as consumers, critics, , programmers, aspiring artists and creative entrepreneurs, within the 10 visual and performing arts venues that make up the network.

This one-day conference is the first phase of a broader project focusing on sharing the learning, journeys, stories and inspiration from the LOV Young People’s Programme so far, across three central themes: Developing Skills, Creating and Commissioning, and Empowering Young People as Leaders.

Chaired by Piotr Bienkowski, the conference has been organised specifically for organisations and practitioners working directly with young people from across the East Midlands region both within and external to the arts and culture sector.

For more information visit

To book tickets, visit or call the box office on 01522 873 894

Date: Monday 21 October 2013, 10am – 5pm

Venue: Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY

Delegate fee: £5

£3 million investment boost for Dorset’s spectacular countryside

Touring Scheme member Artsreach are part of an exciting new Heritage Lottery-funded project to safeguard and celebrate the South Dorset Ridgeway:

People living in West Dorset, Weymouth & Portland will be better able to enjoy, learn about and care for the surrounding countryside thanks to a grant of nearly £2 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership, made up of 14 local organisations (including Artsreach) and led by the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is an innovative mix of archaeologists, artists, historians, landowners, naturalists, teachers and, most importantly local people. Everyone has come together to safeguard the South Dorset Ridgeway landscape, help people enjoy it and feel pride for an area that many experts consider as important as that around Stonehenge.

The Partnership will deliver a range of activities over the next five years, valued at nearly £3 million, including:  support for landowners to help wildlife, such as butterflies and Grey Partridge; create better access to the high ground of the Ridgeway so that more people can enjoy the breathtaking views; an exciting events programme including ‘Inside Out Dorset’ in 2014; help for schools to use the landscape as an ‘outside classroom’; cutting edge digital media projects to fire the imagination and breathing life back into local song and traditional crafts. 

Phil Collins, newly appointed member of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s South West Committee, said:

“As a new member of the Heritage Lottery Fund’s South West Committee I was thrilled to see such an amazing project at my first meeting! This area is so important in terms of biodiversity and is a huge asset to the South West’s tourist offer. HLF’s investment will help conserve this precious ‘landscape of our ancestors’, ensuring people from near and far can better understand its history and, most importantly, help them enjoy one of the most diverse Neolithic and Bronze Age landscapes in Europe.”

Andy Foot, Chairman of the Dorset AONB Partnership and local Farmer said:

“This landscape has been shaped by people that have lived and farmed here for 6,000 years.  The challenge for us is how we will shape it for the future.  The South Dorset Ridgeway Landscape Partnership Scheme provides abundant opportunities for the people who live and work here to enjoy this landscape, feel pride in it and make their own contribution to ensure this place retains its special character in a changing, modern world.”

The first opportunities to get involved will start later this summer and details on projects that Artsreach are running will be available soon. To find out more visit, follow the project on twitter @LandBoneStones and join them on Facebook.

Pound Arts Trust in Wiltshire seeks new Director


£35,000 – £40,000 pa

Do you have 2020 vision?

The Pound Arts Trust is seeking an inspirational, ambitious and dynamic individual to drive forward the development of this thriving community focused organisation up to 2020 and beyond.

An Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, Pound Arts engages with thousands of people living in communities across Wiltshire and South Gloucestershire through its three distinct strands:

·         The Pound arts centre in Corsham, Wiltshire which delivers an all year round programme of live performance, film, exhibitions, workshops and community events

·         Rural Arts Touring which works in partnership with volunteers in 50 villages to bring live performances and participatory events to their rural communities

·         Corsham Festivals, a festivals strand comprising community arts, contemporary arts and film.

Pound Arts is seeking an exceptional person who has strong leadership skills, creative vision, a proven track record of organisational development, the ability to secure income and sound financial management. 

Are you ready to rise to the challenge of leading this innovative and sustainable arts organisation for the 21st century, delivering an all year round programme at its arts centre hub, in rural communities and online?

CLOSING DATE: 8 August, 5pm


To request an application pack please email or call the box office on 01249 701628.

A registered charity, The Pound Arts Trust is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and is funded by Wiltshire Council and South Gloucestershire Council .