Applause Call Out For Artists

Applause is pleased to announce that our 2022 Outdoor season commission programme is now open.

If you are a company / artist with an established interest and track record of working outdoors and interactively this could be the opportunity for you.

Applause Rural Touring works with artists and communities to bring exceptional arts to familiar local spaces. Every year Applause commissions new shows to tour alongside some returning favourites. These shows are developed especially for outdoor events and offers these professional, exciting and unique performances to a range of promoters including small village fetes and community events, as well as larger established events and festivals.

Want to take part?

Your work will entertain and engage a diverse audience, be self-sufficient (i.e. not require technical or other support / involvement by the host organisation) and be able to be accessed by all. Performances can be walk about, static productions (of no more than 25 minutes in length), installations or interactive events and are intended to suit a range of time frames and to slot into existing activities. You will be expected to perform up to three times in a day.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals or companies, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief.

Commissions and Reshape/Development Awards

To tour alongside our previously commissioned work, we are looking to support up to 6 new shows to be created for touring in 2022.

All ideas are welcome, including but not limited to work that responds to key cultural events that are happening in 2022 (i.e. Platinum Jubilee, Commonwealth Games) and work that includes community engagement in the development process.

Click here to download the full brief including fees

Deadline – end of day Friday 8th October

Black Country Touring is seeking a Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Black Country Touring (BCT) addresses the lack of opportunities for local people to access theatre, dance and film across Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Dudley. We operate an urban touring scheme for live theatre, dance and film, make productions and projects born out of diverse stories of local life and empower and upskill children and young people through our work in schools. 

All of BCT’s work is focused on creating opportunities for local people of all backgrounds and ages to be actively involved in programming, promoting and creating a diverse range of performances and events.

Collaborative working is key to everything that we do and this is also integral to how we work as a team – sharing ideas, being open to possibilities and supporting each other in achieving our goals.

The ideal candidate for this role will be dynamic, agile and enthusiastic about engaging audiences who are often under-served by arts and culture. They will be an engaging storyteller, a visual thinker and a natural collaborator, who understands, and is able to harness, the latest trends in social media and online culture. This is a new role within the organisation: an exciting opportunity to shape and evolve the role, grow our reach online and support the development of our emerging and innovative digital programme. 

Previous marketing and communications experience is not a requirement: we will consider your transferable skills, experience and enthusiasm. 

BCT is committed to developing a more diverse workforce. We actively encourage applications from people who are currently underrepresented in the cultural sector and are representative of the diverse communities of the Black Country, specifically people from Black, Asian and Ethnically Diverse backgrounds as well as people who identify as (d)Deaf, Disabled and/or LGBTQ+. We guarantee an interview to anyone who identifies as one or more of the above, who meets the skills and experience criteria in the job description.

Full Time (37.5 hours per week), permanent, hybrid working (a mix of at home and at the office)

Salary: £23,080 – £24,982 depending on experience

For more information about the role and to apply, visit:

Deadline is Friday 1st October 2021

Rural dance returns: An eclectic mix of shows to visit village venues this Autumn

Rural dance returns: An eclectic mix of shows to visit village venues this Autumn

Rural Touring Dance Initiative brings dance back to rural venues with a programme of seven works from leading dance companies comprising new shows and returning favourites.

  • Mr & Mrs Clark – Louder is Not Always Clearer 23 Sep – 25 Nov
  • Sonia Sabri Company – Same Same…But Different 1 Oct – 14 Nov
  • Joshua ‘Vendetta’ Nash – Blacklist/Fig Leaf 6 Oct – 14 Nov
  • Scottish Dance Theatre – Antigone, Interrupted 7 – 15 Oct
  • Jo Fong and George Orange – The Rest of Our Lives 21 Oct – TBC
  • Edifice – Salomé 27 – 30 Oct
  • Chris Patfield & José Triguero – Gibbon 12 – 13 Nov

A fresh selection of shows covering ageing, masculinity, Greek myths and table tennis, created by dance companies after an open call-out which attracted more than 70 applications, is set to take to village halls and rural venues across the UK this Autumn. The shows have been put through a rigorous selection process by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative, and have been selected by local promoters from ‘menus’ which enable them to choose the work that best suits their venue. They represent an incredibly diverse canon of work that offers a very current and exciting view of what contemporary dance can be, and in small rural spaces where you wouldn’t expect to find it. As well as selected pieces, the menu will include specially commissioned works Antigone Interrupted from choreographer Joan Clevillé for Scottish Dance Theatre, and The Rest of Our Lives from Jo Fong and George Orange. The initiative, which aims to find new audiences for dance and making the art form accessible to everyone by presenting in local spaces, is a partnership between the National Rural Touring Forum, The Place, China Plate and Take Art.

Ralph Lister from Take Art said on behalf of RTDI: “After all the disruption and uncertainty of the last 18 months, we are delighted to once again be offering a full live programme. We know rural audiences and artists enjoy the intimacy and shared experience of rural touring and look forward to many more memorable shows. Many shows were postponed in 2020 and earlier in 2021; during this tough time we supported RTDI artists through a programme shared digitally and provided them with ongoing support to bring us to this exciting moment.”

A young girl ready to die to defend what she thinks is right. A king determined to impose his will as the rule of law. Commissioned by the RTDI and presented by Scottish Dance Theatre, Antigone, Interrupted re-imagines the 2,500 year-old Greek myth for the modern world through the body and the voice of a single performer. From the team that brought you Plan B for Utopia and The North, this new work by choreographer Joan Clevillé packs all the drama, passion and big ideas of a Greek tragedy into a one-woman tour de force by acclaimed performer Solène Weinachter. 

Also specially commissioned by RTDI, The Rest of Our Lives by Jo Fong and George Orange is a cabaret of life – and near death. Jo is an old dancer, George an old clown. They’ve both reached the mid-way point of their lives, and now they’re wondering, what next? Armed with a soundtrack of floor-fillers, a book of raffle tickets and a sprinkling of eco-friendly glitter, they joyfully negotiate middle-life together with humour, tenderness and outlandish optimism. There will be table tennis!

Joshua ‘Vendetta’ Nash is known as one of the UK’s leading Krump dancers, a highly athletic form of street dance characterised by free, expressive, exaggerated, and highly energetic movement. He presents a double bill of shows for the Rural Touring Dance Initiative. Blacklist is an explosive piece asking how we cope with inner conflict, which delves into brotherhood, isolation and friendship explored through hip hop, Krump and theatre. Fig Leaf questions what it means to be a man, and when masculinity becomes toxic. Joshua and RTDI recently released short film Burnout which explores the struggles of today’s youth, especially in light of the pandemic’s enforced isolation. Set in London and the stunning rural North Devon coast, with three professional adult dancers and eighteen youth dancers, Burnout highlights the importance of connecting with the natural environment and can be viewed here: 

EDIFICE Dance Theatre’s thrilling new take on Oscar Wilde’s classic Salomé takes audiences on an extraordinary journey into a world of rejection and religion, lust and death. Through their unique hybrid language, which combines live classical music, ballroom, Latin and contemporary dance, choreographer-dancer duo Carmine De Amicis and Harriet Waghorn tell the tragic story of the Biblical princess in a completely unique way

Same Same…But Different from Sonia Sabri Company is a fun family show about our curiosities and fears, the times we feel different and when we belong. Blending Kathak, hip hop and beatboxing styles, three performers create a playful, colourful world celebrating our individuality, diversity and the bonds which connect us all.

Returning to the rural touring circuit in autumn, Louder Is Not Always Clearer from Mr & Mrs Clark is a funny and honest portrayal of difference and empathy. Meet Jonny. He loves to dance, but he can’t hear the music unless the bass is turned right up. Jonny was born deaf and grew up in a hearing family, surrounded by hearing friends who did not use the word deaf. In a hearing world Jonny is different and Louder Is Not Always Clearer highlights those differences in a warm and humorous way.

Also returning is Gibbon, from breakout juggling stars Chris Patfield & José Triguero, a humorous and surreal show combining mesmerising juggling with dance and physical theatre. Together they explore the absurd and comedic in what it is that drives us to try and try again. Lifting the veil on the rehearsal room Gibbon shows how two charming performers work at working as one.

Speaking about the forthcoming season Christina Elliot, Senior Producer and RTDI partner from The Place, said “We have been delighted with the enthusiasm with which venues and audiences have embraced dance through this project. This enthusiasm is matched by the artists taking part. In many cases it has been a revelation of what touring can be – warm welcomes, open minds and hearts, and an intimate connection and conversation between an audience and the work on stage. In those moments when the magic of live performance is palpable, it’s clear that, despite the different priorities and challenges we might juggle, we – artists, promoters, programmers, producers – are all working towards this same uniquely special moment.”     

In 2015 The National Rural Touring Forum joined forces with The Place, China Plate and Take Art to launch a brand-new initiative designed to assist in the making and touring of contemporary accessible dance to rural areas. The project was set up to address the paucity of dance performance happening in rural areas in smaller community venues.  The project has been made possible by a grant from Arts Council England’s Lottery funded Strategic Touring Programme. Due to RTDI successes in November 2017 the project was given a further £417k to develop the project until 2021. Over 160 performances have taken place to date along with numerous workshops and training opportunities for artists. 

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative is a partnership project led by The National Rural Touring Forum with The Place, China Plate and Take Art. The project is funded by Arts Council England through its Strategic Touring Fund. The Rest of Our Lives is supported by Arts Council of Wales

Please note dates may be subject to change, please contact local schemes for confirmed details

NRTF Autumn Member Meetings

Each season the NRTF hosts online meetings so that our members can come together to discuss their upcoming season plans, ask questions and discuss how the sector can move forward.

These meetings are all held on zoom, and the meeting details and links are sent to the relevant members via our Friday bulletin the week prior. If you are not a member of the NRTF but would like to join one of the below meetings please complete this form to be emailed the zoom details.

You can find out more about joining the NRTF here.

  • Tuesday 14th September, 2pm: Promoters Meeting
  • Tuesday 21st September, 2pm: Schemes Meeting
  • Tuesday 28th September, 2pm: Artists Meeting
  • Friday 30th September, 11am: NRTF AGM, more information here
  • Tuesday 5th October, 2pm: What Next? Rural All Hands – This meeting is open to anyone invovled in the rural or rural touring sector.

NRTF Annual General Meeting Notice

Date Correction: Please note, an earlier version of this notice incorrectly stated the date as Friday 30th September, this has now been corrected to Thursday 30th September.

The AGM of the National Rural Touring Forum will take place on Thursday 30th September, 11 am, Online via Zoom (link will be sent to members of NRTF 1 day Prior).

The minutes from the 2020 AGM meeting can be found here:

AGM Agenda

  1. Meeting open
  2. Attendance & Apologise
  3. Minutes of last AGM
  4. Matters arising from the minutes
  5. Annual Trustee Report
  6. Annual Accounts
  7. Appointment of auditors: Re-appoint Aspley’s, 21 Bampton Street, Tiverton EX16 6AA
  8. Motion to make a change in MOA’s
  9. AOB
  10. Close meeting

Dairy Cows & Dorset Knobs – A poem for the local shoppers of Dorset by Liv Torc

Commissioned by Artsreach, in association with
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Since the spring, Artsreach has worked with poet Liv Torc to creatively celebrate Dorset’s outstanding local food and drink producers, and to thank those who choose to shop locally, particularly since the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Liv’s exciting new poem has since been captured on film and is set for public release online on Monday 9 August at 11am.

Dorset is well known for being home to some of the UK’s most outstanding local food and drink producers, and many of these are embedded within communities across the county who also partner with Artsreach, Dorset’s rural touring arts charity who for over thirty years, have worked with local community volunteers to host professional performances in venues such as village halls. 

Commissioned by Artsreach, with the support of Dorset Food & Drink,Dairy Cows and Dorset Knobs’ has been written by southwest based performance poet Liv Torc, who then spent time travelling around the County with filmmakers Pageant Productions, performing the poem in various locations and at numerous food and drink producers’ sites to bring the poem to life on screen.

‘Dairy Cows and Dorset Knobs’ will premiere online at 11am on Monday 9 August, via the Artsreach YouTube channel and website.

The poem has also been printed on a postcard, which features illustrations by local artist Delphine Jones, and this is available to pick up from various food and drink outlets across Dorset, or by contacting the Dorset Food & Drink team directly. 

Find out more about this new poem, and watch the première online at 11am on Monday 9 August here:

ON Tour needs a new manager – could this be you?

Rural Arts is a registered charity that delivers inspiring and inclusive creative opportunities that enrich lives and connect communities.

As part of our work, we run ON Tour, the rural touring scheme for North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley. If you haven’t heard of rural touring, check out this introduction here!

ON Tour needs a new manager – could this be you?

As a senior member of the team, you will programme 70 high-quality live performances each year across North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley in a range of unique community venues.

This dream job includes watching as much live performance as you can and supporting local people to bring something new to their community, in some of North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley’s most beautiful villages.

Part-time (3dpw) pro-rata of £25.6k, or £17k flat-rate freelance equivalent.

You can download the PDF version of the Recruitment Information Pack by clicking here.

You can download the Word version of the Recruitment Information Pack by clicking here.

Please submit your application by 23.59 on Thursday 9th September to or Recruitment, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS.

If you have any questions, please contact or 01845 526 523 536.

New podcasts are launched to celebrate the magical rivers weaving through South Downs landscape

A series of thought-provoking podcasts are being launched inspired by the beautiful and mysterious rivers of Sussex and Hampshire. 

Seven acclaimed writers and poets have teamed up for Full Harvest – a series of audio stories and poems inspired by the South Downs National Park’s landscape and available as free podcasts from 12 July 2021 via all major listening platforms. 

It comes after the wordsmiths have spent the past few months exploring the scenic river valleys and engaging with the community on local stories, anecdotes and reflections about the landscape. 

The result is an eclectic mix of writing styles featuring short stories, poetry and monologues. 

The inspiring initiative has been led by arts charity Applause in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority. 

“Full Harvest is much more than just observations on the landscape, it encompasses thought-provoking reflections on how nature and humanity  interact. We’ve also worked with a really diverse group of writers and actors to enable some incredibly personal stories and experiences to be heard. ” Sally Lampitt, Deputy Director, Applause 

The Full Harvest episodes are as follows:  

“Wild Garlic”, River Ouse, Sarah Hehir 

Through charming rhyme and rhythm, Wild Garlic charts the close bond of a father and daughter- from the childish glee of springtime swims to the grown woman mourning his death, the river and its flora and fauna provide a comforting constant. 

“Cement Bags”, River Adur, Sara Clifford 

Ever passed a disused building and wondered about what stories it had to tell?  Cement Bags brings to life the hustle and bustle of the Cement Factory at Beeding.  Meet the women who worked there on the telephone exchange and listen to their lives in parallel to the building, from its glory days as an industrial hub to its poignant decline.

“Nature’s Storehouse”, River Meon, Lucy Flannery 

Exploring the history and mythology of the South Downs as a man uses his love of running to work towards recovery both physically and mentally. 

“Celestial Navigation”, River Ouse, Sara Clifford 

A poignant tale of family relationships, the intergenerational bond between a young woman and her grandfather is explored against the backdrop of a busy Ferry town. A  reminder that we don’t know what we have until it’s gone.  

“Meanderings”, River Cuckmere, Rosanna Lowe 

An elderly woman reflects on her meandering life as it mirrors the bends and breaks of the River Cuckmere. Life is never quite what it seems on the surface and her  winding journey finds diversity in the landscape and its inhabitants, proving that where there is life there is hope. 

“The Baptism”, River Rother, Theo Toksvig-Stewart 

A dark and unexpected tale about a young girl who meets a mysterious figure by the  River. A modern-day myth about being careful what you wish for.  

“My Mother”, River Lover, River Arun, Rosanna Lowe,  

A man reflects on the ebbs and flows of his complex relationship with his mother. He recalls his mother’s close bond with the water, her struggles with mental health and  alcohol dependency, and her joyous moments of freedom in nature. A tale of love and loss on the River Arun.  

“A Good Place to Cry”, River Cuckmere, A.G.G 

We follow a young man at a crisis point in his life. One traumatic moment forces him  to escape the city and find solace and hope in the landscape of the South Downs 

“Dear Wellsbourne/ Brighton Rocks”, River Wellesbourne, Merrie Williams Dear Wellsbourne is a series of seven sevenling poems addressed directly to the stream; interspersed with a short story about local residents, called ‘Brighton Rocks. Mirroring the intermittent pattern of the stream itself, Brighton Rocks explores how two friends deal with the challenges to face their past and live the lives they desire.  

“Perspective”, River Itchen, Lucy Flannery 

A reminder that many people have walked before us! A clever poem interweaving lives past and present who have interacted with the landscape. From modern-day  runners, to the past battalions of Cromwell’s men, to the father and daughter who find connection and peace by the River.  

Sara Clifford, lead writer and Sussex resident: 

“The Sussex Downs is both a beautiful National Park and a living landscape that supports people and work, and I am interested in discovering how the river has shaped the local community and its stories, from industry and jobs to the environment and leisure, and how local people view it today. I am  particularly interested in people who might feel that the National Park is 

inaccessible for them, for whatever reasons, and finding ways of connecting  groups with their local landscape, history and culture of the National Park.” 

Theo Toksvig-Stewart, writer and Hampshire resident: 

“My story was inspired by the duality of the landscape of the National Park, its beauty and its danger. The characters were really personified from that  landscape, and toying with what could lie beneath the beauty is something we  had a lot of fun exploring in my work with the students at Alton college.” 

“Each story approaches the theme of ‘rivers’ very differently, from the darkness of horror to conversational monologues. The common thread throughout is that natural landscapes can provide hope and new perspectives,  and the connection between nature and the journey to recovery. Our mental  health and wellbeing is so centred on our sense of place and belonging, I hope  people enjoy these stories for their entertainment (whether listening from  home on a wet afternoon or walking the downland), and find they open up  different ways of experiencing the unpredictable, tranquil, wild and powerful  nature of water.” 

Anooshka Rawden, Cultural Heritage Lead for the South Downs National Park, 

Audiences can plug in and listen while they walk and explore the landscape, or enjoy at their leisure. 

Podlink to all listening platforms – Full Harvest ( 

They will be available to download and listen on the SDNPA and Applause websites and popular listening platforms such as Spotify and Apple Podcast,  Overcast and Pocket Casts: / 

Find out more below about each of the seven writers involved in Full Harvest.  Writers 

Sara Clifford – focussing on the River Ouse and River Adur 

Lead writer/Dramaturg for Full Harvest 

Sara works as a writer, director and community artist, and has written over forty  plays including commissions for the Soho Theatre, York Theatre Royal & Nottingham  Playhouse. She has been Writer in Residence at the University of Brighton and at  Chichester Festival Theatre, and her work has been produced in France, Italy,  Guadeloupe and Hong Kong. Her play A Thousand Days, was a Finalist for the  Susan Smith Blackburn award.

As Artistic Director of her company, Inroads ( she works with  local communities to write place-based work rooted in their stories, and has  developed six site-specific participatory pieces, with a new show coming for  2022, Two Pairs of Eyes, seed funded by Farnham Maltings. 

In 2019, she was Writer in Residence for the South Downs Park/ Applause, and the  resulting show, Cherry Soup, toured rural venues across the Park. She is the lead  writer on Full Harvest, the project which developed from this. 

Lucy Flannery – focussing on the River Meon and River Itchen Lucy’s writing career has included: working with Alison Stead and Roy Hudd on Like  A Daughter, a drama for BBC Radio 4, being commissioned to write an original  play, Tomorrow Will Be Too Late, as part of the D-Day 70th Anniversary  Commemoration and writing Nan a one-minute monologue created during lockdown  for Ink Festival. She has worked on the Chichester Festival Theatre’s playwriting  course and most recently as Writer-In-Residence at the University of Plymouth. She  is both an artistic practitioner and an FE College Governor, she is experienced in  working with young people.  

Sarah Hehir – focussing on the River Ouse 

Sarah has been a writer, dramatist and a drama teacher for over 20 years. She  performed at Kosovo’s International Literary Festival in 2019, and in 2013 she won  the BBC Writer’s Prize for a radio drama Bang Up where the North Downs became  part of the narrative and was broadcast as the afternoon drama on Radio 4. An  accomplished writer for Theatre, Film, Radio and TV she was recently chosen as the  commissioned poet on the Turner Prize ‘Connect together’ a project using words  and ideas collected through community workshops to create an epic poem about the  journey from London to Margate. 

A. G. G. – focussing on the River Cuckmere 

A. G. G. is a writer and essayist from London. Through literature, he explores a  variety of themes including masculinity, belonging, trauma, love, crime and  rehabilitation. Photography and filmmaking, are additional mediums he employs as  forms of expression. After completing his education he went on to work in a variety of  creative roles, most recently as a workshop facilitator addressing gang culture and  youth violence across the Capital. He recently signed his first book deal, which is  due to be published later this year. 

Rosanna Lowe – focusssing on the River Arun and River Cuckmere Rosanna is an experienced writer, director and performer. Pieces she has  written/directed have been performed in theatres in the UK, France, Malaysia and  the US and include the devised show Hummingbirds at the Young Vic, nominated for  a Total Theatre Award in Edinburgh, Chester Tuffnut at Polka Theatre, The Bacchae  in the Cultural Olympiad and co-writing/co-directing portmanteau feature film London  Unplugged. She has written two climate change radio plays, winning Radio 4 and  IRDP awards. Her work often focuses on history, people and place and ranges from  sketch-writing for TV series Horrible Histories to co-writing Brighton The Graphic  Novel. She has worked in travel writing, winning awards with the Royal Geographical  Society Award and The Times. She lived in Guatemala during its civil war and wrote 

Volcanoland, a travel narrative, collecting extraordinary stories and testimonies  about the war and its aftermath. She was the commissioned writer for Goonhilly  Village Green, a multidisciplinary festival celebrating the nature, heritage and  community of Goonhilly Downs. She is currently the Lead Storyteller for interactive  children’s show Printer’s Playtime. She has worked on various heritage and  engagement projects with arts organisation MSL, creating a series of audio story  poems called Ordinary Extraordinary inspired by Hastings residents. Rosanna has  run numerous creative writing projects, often with children, but also with mothers  from Holloway Prison and with Creative Future. She currently runs writing for  wellbeing sessions for Arts on Prescription, which caters for people, like herself, with  mental or physical health inequalities. 

Theo Toksvig-Stewart – focusing on the River Rother 

Theo is a dyslexic writer and actor. His play Endless Second was shortlisted for the  Holden Street Theatre Award and the Sit Up Award at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe.  The play transferred to the Park Theatre and Pleasance Islington as part of each  venue’s ‘Best of the Fringe’ season and was commissioned as an audio drama for  BBC Radio 4.  

In 2020 Theo was commissioned by Warts and All Theatre to write an adaptation of  Robyn Hood developed with children in care in Wellingborough. He was part of the  BBC Writersroom Drama Room Scheme 2019/2020 and the 2021 Minack Emerging  Playwrights Programme.  

Merrie Williams – focussing on the Hidden river in Brighton 

Merrie Joy Williams is a poet, novelist and editor. She was shortlisted for the 2020  Bridport Poetry Prize, longlisted for the 2020 National Poetry Competition, and is a winner of The Poetry Archive’s ‘Wordview 2020’ competition, permanently featured  on their website. She is the recipient of a London Writers Award, and Arts Council  England awards for poetry and fiction. 

Merrie is passionate about collaborations, as well as residencies and commissions,  which help keep her writing practice fresh and evolving. She was a poet-in-residence  with MMU Special Collections and Manchester Poetry Library, who are currently  releasing an illustrated broadside of one of her poems. Her most recent residency  was with Historic England, in partnership with Spread the Word, commissioned to  research and write one of their High Street Tales (Woolwich). 

Merrie has read or discussed her work in various places, including The Southbank  Festival, The Seren Cardiff Poetry Festival, and BBC Radio. Poems been published  in Poetry Wales, The Interpreter’s House, The Good Journal, and elsewhere. Her  debut collection is Open Windows (Waterloo Press, 2019). 

Lyrici Arts and the Collaborative Touring Network – Artist Call Out

Lyrici Arts are a part of the Collaborative Touring Network (CTN), which is a collective of 8 organisations nationally who believe every town deserves life-affirming, soul-shaking, perspective-changing shows. We have been working with artists and our communities since 2016, to make this possible in our places, which are; Wigan, Gloucester, Hull, Torbay, Thanet, Peterborough, Medway and Wandsworth. 

In the next year, we want to work with an artist/company to develop and tour a live show with communities in our 8 places. Expression of Interest applications are now open, and you can find all the information here: 

We want to work with artists who have stories that often go unheard, whose practice will include our communities, and who are up for their shows being performed in non-typical spaces, like car parks, rooftops, community centres.  If you know of artists who you think would be excited to work in this way with us, it would be amazing if you could share this info with them. 

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 5 July at 10am. This EOI stage will be followed by 2 additional stages of application, with the final decision to be made collaboratively by the network by August 30. 

You can watch a recording of an information session for Artists here:

Do feel free to get in touch with Lyrici Arts Artistic Director, Keely Augustus, or with the CTN project director Rosie Scudder ( if you would like to chat about this.

FREE workshop on The Civic Role of Art Organisations: What Happens Next?

Infographic: Rural Touring believes all communities deserve access to culture

What Next? In partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK branch) are delighted to invite you to a FREE workshop on The Civic Role of the Art Organisations: What Happens Next?  13 July 1.30 -3.30pmThis session is tailored specifically for Rural touring and NRTF members.
The workshop is a chance for you to reflect on the changes and learning that has taken place, craft your organisation inspiring Civic Role vision for the future and outline a commit to action.       

Who is it for?

It is open to all NRTF members, including Scheme staff, promoters, artists and freelancers.
We hope you will come away with:
– A refreshed sense of connection to your works or organisation’s Civic Role.- A clear vision of what your priorities are and where you are on the journey.- Plenty of insight, inspiration, and ideas from your peers.

In 2016, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch) launched The Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations in order to promote the valuable role that arts organisations do and could play in their communities. Since then, the relationship between the public and arts organisations has continued to change. More than ever, those receiving public investment need to articulate the value they bring, including to their local communities. The Inquiry has been aiming to connect those that believe that the arts are central to society and want their organisation to play a civic role.
Over the last five years, a lot has changed in the Civic Role narrative. The COVID-19 crisis and its devastating impact on our sector, and across society as a whole has reignited the debate on what it means to be relevant to our communities. Now more than ever, we need a strategic vision for the future which has communities at the centre of artistic practice and the arts at the centre of civic life. Over the last year we have seen how many art organisations were able to mobilise their relationships both within the local arts ecosystem and with wider civil society. There are opportunities to embed the lessons learned and take further action as we move towards recovery. 

The workshop will be experiential and interactive.  

Date:  13 July, 1.30 – 3.30 pm
Via Zoom

Workshops will be captioned. If you have other access requirements, please get in touch to discuss how we can best support you.