NRTF Conference 2017 Dates Announced

This year the East Midlands touring company New Perspectives and rural touring scheme manager of Northants Touring Arts co-host the conference on the leafy Nottingham University campus at Nottingham Lakeside Arts from Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 June 2017.

The conference will feature curated sessions exploring NRTF’s priority areas for the next NPO period: e.g. Being Bold; New ways of working; Disability led work; Children and Young People; Spoken Word

Each session will individually curated to feature a mixture of performance extract, provocation and discussion.

A fresh approach to this year’s conference is designed to appeal to a wide mix of scheme managers, promoters, producers and artists and will feature the inaugural Rural Touring Awards. We will be inviting nominations very soon…

This two-day conference comes at a keen price with a full time places for members £145 which will include 1 night’s accommodation on campus at Cavendish Hall (good standard student ensuite facility), breakfast, lunches, dinner and refreshments plus full conference programme. PLUS we will be offering voluntary promoter / board member, special project worker bursaries with details announced when booking opens.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday 28 – Thursday 29 June 2017

Booking will open shortly, in the meantime add the dates in your diaries, forward this information on to colleagues and interested parties from your area who will be interested in joining in the conversation.

We invite you to be bold and ready to explore new ideas, make new contacts, catch up with friends and colleagues, to celebrate, be inspired and hatch future plans!

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Travelling to Nottingham
University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

By Train: The nearest train stations are Nottingham or Beeston. Taxis and Buses are available from both stations. It is approximately 15 minutes by Taxi.

By Tram: There is a direct tram service from Nottingham Train Station.

By Plane: The nearest airport is East Midlands Airport.  From East Midlands Airport you can take the Trent Barton Indigo service directly to the campus or the Skylink bus to Nottingham. Buses leave from outside the Airport Arrivals hall. You can also walk to the taxi rank on the terminal forecourt and take a direct taxi to the University. The cost of a single/one way journey is approximately £20.

By Car: Leave the M1 motorway at Junction 25 to join the A52 to Nottingham.  Follow the A52 for approximately 4 miles, at the Toby Carvery roundabout turn right onto the A6464, turn left at the next roundabout to enter the University’s West Entrance.

NRTF seeks New Chair

The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) is a unique charity committed to driving new initiatives and widening audience access and engagement in the rural touring arts sector nationally.

Following nine years of outstanding stewardship the current Chair is stepping down and we are now seeking a new Chair to complement and strengthen our existing board and offer exceptional leadership, acting as a spokesperson and board chair, jointly steering the organisation through an exciting time of new projects and continued growth.

We are seeking an experienced outward facing professional with excellent communication skills and a passion for the arts in a rural and community context to lead this wide ranging membership organisation, harnessing the collective skills of our dynamic board.

As an equal opportunities and equal access organisation we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, race, religion, sexual orientation, pregnancy or marital status.

The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) is a registered charity, a limited company and receives funding as an Arts Council England national portfolio organisation. Governed by its members through a voluntary board of management, the NRTF works strategically with a range of partners to develop a national programme that delivers high quality artistic work and cultural experiences.

To apply please download this full role pack and apply using the application form. Available here.

 Introduction, Job Description and Person Specification  Context Document  Application Form

For more information on the company as well as current and past projects, please see and

If you would like an informal discussion about the role please contact: David Porter, Company Secretary by email

Deadline for applications: Monday 6th March 2017 at noon.

All applications will receive an acknowledgment by email. If you don’t receive one, please check your SPAM folder and / or contact us.

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the end of March.

Interviews: date to be arranged

Please apply using the application form provided and send to using the subject NRTF board chair application “Your Name”.