The Touring Network Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

The Touring Network (Highlands & Islands) are pleased to announce the appointment of Jo McLean as their Chief Executive Officer, a new post that has been created in order to consolidate and grow this innovative and creative company in one of the most spectacular regions of Scotland.

A former classical musician, who has played and toured with world class orchestras including the Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Opera and BBC orchestras, Jo joined the team at Cove Park in 2006, supporting the visual arts and crafts residencies and developing a series of music residencies to support emerging musicians and composers.  In 2011 Jo became senior producer for UZ Arts where she developed and produced a wide range of festivals and events, including one of the signature events for Homecoming 2014 – the International Launch of The Kelpies and the John Muir Festival.  Jo has worked as a consultant and producer across Scotland and internationally, commissioning small and large scale works across a wide range of art forms. More recently she has specialised in site responsive work in a European context.

“I am delighted to be joining the Touring Network and am very much looking forward to continuing the exciting work already underway.” Jo McLean

Jo will take up the post of Chief Executive Officer on 17 August 2015.

For more information, contact Rhiannon McIntyre, Services Manager, on 01463 231328 or

About the Touring Network:

The Touring Network exists to see rural touring be a central, celebrated and indispensable part of the cultural life of Scotland. We exist to enable live performances of the highest level, transforming people as promoters, performers and audiences to create vibrant places to live, work and visit.

Our venues cover over half the area of Scotland. We have promoters working in communities across Highland, Argyll & Bute, Moray, Orkney, Shetland, and Perthshire.

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Rural Touring Dance Initiative – call out for artists

The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) has joined forces with The Place, Take Art and China Plate to launch a new 3 year initiative for touring to and making dance for rural areas, funded by Arts Council England through their Strategic Touring programme.

We are seeking artists to take part in this project. There are opportunities to tour existing shows to rural locations, and we are offering one production award of up to £45,000 to make a new show for rural touring.

Through the Rural Touring Dance Initiative we seek to work with dance artists to develop and tour new work to rural audiences. Dance is underrepresented on the rural touring circuit and we want to increase opportunities for rural audiences to experience brilliant new dance.
We’re looking for…

Existing shows

Artists who have a show which you think is ready to tour rurally, or ready with some adaptations, and is available to tour in autumn 2016 and/or spring 2017.

New ideas

Artists who have an idea for a show you would like to make, which you think would work well on the rural touring circuit.

The deadline for applications to take part is 10am on Friday 11th September. Full details on the scheme and how to apply can be found on The Place website at