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: https://www.dropbox.com/s/d3k6f0ubdzv54ft/AGM%20Minutes%202020.docx?dl=0

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81254582173?pwd=d0ppN0tzK2UvZ1B5dlExd1UrbC9jZz09

Meeting ID: 812 5458 2173

Passcode: AGM

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: https://artsreach.co.uk/projects/poem-for-dorset

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 angelaholt@ruralarts.org or Recruitment, Rural Arts, The Courthouse, 4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS.

If you have any questions, please contact angelaholt@ruralarts.org 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 (pod.link) 

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: 

https://www.southdowns.gov.uk / www.applause.org.uk 

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 

www.saraclifford.com 

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 ( www.inroads.org.uk) 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: www.ctn.org.uk 

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: https://youtu.be/shdLc6y5dKg

Do feel free to get in touch with Lyrici Arts Artistic Director, Keely Augustus keely@lyriciarts.com, or with the CTN project director Rosie Scudder (rosies@theoldcourts.com) 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.

Context
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.

Creative Arts East: Plugged In – Existing Work Call Out

A New Digital / Live Hybrid Engagement Project for Rural Audiences 

There is a video reading of this call-out with subtitles on both the Creative Arts East YouTube channel and on the Plugged In page on our website

What is Plugged In?

Plugged In is a new project run by arts and community development charity Creative Arts East. The project will work specifically with artists who feel that their voice and story may be under-represented amongst rural audiences, to create a range of digital and/or live performance work along with connected community engagement activities. The project’s aims are:

  • To support performance artists with protected characteristics to have greater understanding of, and access to, rural audience demographics and distribution opportunities.
  • To upgrade and diversify the portfolio of work available for the rural creative circuit and its audiences. 
  • To engage new audiences in the digital world.
  • To broaden the cultural ambitions and horizons of existing rural audiences.

To find out more about the wider work of Creative Arts East, visit www.creativeartseast.co.uk

What Are We Looking For?

3 existing/adaptable works with accompanying engagement work – from any artists with protected characteristics.

Performances

Work should be appropriate for digital, live viewing, or a combination of both! With the pandemic changing the way that audiences consume art and creativity, we want to work with artists who can think outside the box and understand the need for flexibility in the current climate.  We are not specifically seeking recordings of full existing performances for online viewing.  Episodic work, short digital performances or live streams are more likely to be successful.

Engagement with Communities

As well as completed pieces of work, a big part of this project will be inclusive creative engagement activities that can run in conjunction with your work. We would like you to think about any additional enhancement activities you could offer to build intrigue and engagement in both your performance and the project. This activity could be in-person or digital workshops, creative activities, behind-the-scenes, Q&As, postal packs, whatever fits with both the project aims and your work.  We want the project to feel as much of a shared experience between audience and performer as possible.

Work that will be considered

  • Work that already exists but would be re-worked specifically for this project.
  • Work that already exists but will have new engagement activities developed.
  • Work that is in development and can be aligned to the outcomes of this project.
  • These funds cannot be used to extend the reach of a pre-existing piece of work that is already freely available to the public.

Who Can Apply?

This project is specifically for performance artists (theatre makers, poets, writers, dancers, musicians etc) – both collective and individual – who consider themselves to have characteristics protected by the 2010 Equality Act. Following an audit of our existing and previous portfolio of work, our focus for the next few years is on diversifying our work within the following protected characteristic areas: Disability, Race, and Sexual Orientation

We wholeheartedly welcome and anticipate applications from any artist who feels that their voice and story may be under-represented amongst rural audiences to apply with existing work. This includes artists from all backgrounds, particularly those of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, artists identifying as LGBTQIA+ and artists who have a disability or other protected characteristics. Artists must be over the age of 18 and based in the UK.

Key Information

Number of shows: We will be selecting 3 pieces of work that already exist. We also have 2 commissions available as part of the project – details can be found on our website.

Timeline: Activity will take place between September 2021 – January 2022.

Budget: The total fee (including VAT) is £1100 per show (this needs to include the engagement activities).

Access funds: Additional funds are available for any access assistance that participating artists may require during their work for the project.

Accessibility for audiences: Funds are also available for the incorporation of BSL, captioning or any other access support features for work produced through the project that may not already have these incorporated.

We will also be offering further training and development opportunities as part of the project, including Rural Touring surgeries for newcomers to the circuit.

If you have any questions about applying for Plugged In, or would like this submission brief in another format, please get in touch with Karen Jeremiah via karen@creativeartseast.co.uk.

We are also offering short 30 minute advice surgeries on the following dates: 21st, 24th and 29th June – you can book your slot here.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday 9th July 2021

How to Apply

Applications can be made via an online form here.

Alternatively, you can submit a video application of up to 8 minutes. This should be sent as a link to karen@creativeartseast.co.uk.

Video Submissions

If you are submitting a video, please ensure you cover the following in your application:

  • Your name, company name and title of work
  • About the show – please try to include the following:
  • Themes
  • Art form
  • Target audience
  • Audience experience
  • Delivery format
  • Duration
  • Details of the engagement activity
  • Costs and rough breakdown for show / activities
  • Provide any additional links to videos, website, reviews – please include these in the accompanying email.

We aim to respond to all applicants by 26th July.

Please note that due to the expected volume of applications, we may not be able to give individual feedback.

Creative Arts East: Plugged In – Commission Opportunity

A New Digital / Live Hybrid Engagement Project for Rural Audiences 

There is a video reading of this call-out with subtitles on both the Creative Arts East YouTube channel and on the Plugged In page on our website.

What is Plugged In?

Plugged In is a new project run by arts and community development charity Creative Arts East. The project will work specifically with artists who feel that their voice and story may be under-represented amongst rural audiences, to create a range of digital and/or live performance work along with connected community engagement activities. The project’s aims are:

  • To support performance artists with protected characteristics to have greater understanding of, and access to, rural audience demographics and distribution opportunities.
  • To upgrade and diversify the portfolio of work available for the rural creative circuit and its audiences. 
  • To engage new audiences in the digital world.
  • To broaden the cultural ambitions and horizons of existing rural audiences.

To find out more about the wider work of Creative Arts East, visit www.creativeartseast.co.uk

Who Can Apply?

These commissions are open to artists who self-identify as Disabled, and our approach is informed by the social model of Disability with an understanding of intersectionality. We strongly encourage applications from women and non-binary people, Black people and people of colour, and people from working-class or lower income backgrounds. Artists must be over the age of 18 and based in the UK. 

What Are We Looking For?

Performances

Work should be appropriate for digital, live viewing, or a combination of both! With the pandemic changing the way that audiences consume art and creativity, we want to work with artists who can think outside the box and understand the need for flexibility in the current climate.  We are not seeking recordings of full existing performances for online viewing.  Episodic work, short digital performances or live streams are more likely to be successful.

Engagement with Communities

As well as completed pieces of work, a big part of this project will be inclusive creative engagement activities that can run in conjunction with your work. We would like you to think about any additional enhancement activities you could offer to build intrigue and engagement in both your performance and the project. This activity could be in-person or digital workshops, creative activities, behind-the-scenes, Q&As, postal packs, whatever fits with both the project aims and your work.  We want the project to feel as much of a shared experience between audience and performer as possible.

Work that will be considered

  • A brand-new piece of work created specifically for this project.
  • Work that already exists but would be re-worked specifically for this project.
  • Work that is in development and can be aligned to the outcomes of this project.
  • These funds cannot be used to extend the reach of a pre-existing piece of work that is already freely available to the public.

Creative Arts East will act as Executive Producers in the development of your work, pairing you with local groups and communities, helping you develop your work and shape it to suit the audiences we currently serve. This can include a remote or real residency in a rural community venue.

Key Information

Number of commissions available: We have 2 commissions available as part of this project. However, we do also have a separate callout for 3 pieces of work that already exist, details of which can be found on our website.

Timeline: Activity will take place between September 2021 – January 2022.

Budget: The total fee (including VAT) is £3000 per commission (we have additional funds to cover any costs incurred with the residency element)

We can fund 100% of the work. If you do have or need additional funding for this project, we expect to be the main funder, meaning you should not require more than £3000 from other sources. 

If your project is dependent on additional funding from other parties, you should explain this in your application and indicate whether this funding is confirmed or not.

Access funds: Additional funds are available for any access assistance that participating artists may require during their work for the project.

Accessibility for audiences: Funds are also available for the incorporation of BSL, captioning or any other access support features for work produced through the project that may not already have these incorporated.

We will also be offering further training and development opportunities as part of the project, including Rural Touring surgeries for newcomers to the circuit and a bespoke CPD budget for commissioned artists.

If you have any questions about applying for Plugged In, or would like this submission brief in another format, please get in touch with Karen Jeremiah via karen@creativeartseast.co.uk

We are also offering short 30 minute advice surgeries on the following dates: 21st, 24th and 29th June – you can book your slot here.

Deadline for Submissions: Friday 9th July 2021

How to Apply

Applications can be made via an online form here.

Alternatively, you can submit a video application of up to 8 minutes. This should be sent as a link to karen@creativeartseast.co.uk.

Video Submissions

If you are submitting a video, please ensure you cover the following in your application:

  • Your name, company name and title of work
  • About the show – please try to include the following:
  • Themes
  • Art form
  • Target audience
  • Audience experience
  • Delivery format
  • Duration
  • Details of the engagement activity
  • Costs and rough breakdown for show / activities
  • Provide any additional links to videos, website, reviews – please include these in the accompanying email.

We aim to respond to all applicants by 26th July.

Please note that due to the expected volume of applications, we may not be able to give individual feedback.

Applause & 101 Creation Space: Rural Touring Lab

A free two-day residential training and development lab produced by Applause and 101 Creation Space.

Applause and 101 Creation space are offering a two-day residential training and development lab to upskill and prepare dance and contemporary circus artists for creating and touring outdoor work within rural locations and urban communities.

This practical event delves into the nuts and bolts of outdoor rural touring, offering detail and insight about where to look for commissioning and touring opportunities, examples of tried and tested techniques and approaches to making work for these settings and what to consider when building partnerships with promoters and rural communities.

The two and a half day Lab will involve a varied programme of workshops, seminars and creative tasks in order to expand your development and thinking in different contexts. The sessions will feature contributions from sector organisations including Applause Rural Touring, The National Rural Touring Forum, Live & Local & Creative Arts East, as well as practical performance workshops from theatre, dance and circus companies successfully making work for these contexts.

The Lab includes a welcome dinner and opportunities for 1 to 1 mentoring sessions throughout the event to explore your own artistic practice and its suitability. As a delegate on the Lab, you will stay onsite at 101’s residential artist village in one of our individual en-suite cabins so that you can continue to network and idea share with peers outside the structured sessions – plus there will be optional activities to get involved with in your free time! We will also be providing full catering so that you can focus on the experience and truly immerse yourself into your practice whilst you are with us.

To gain maximum benefit from this free residential course this opportunity is for artists who have an existing show that they are looking to reshape or have an idea for a new commission that they are looking to develop for this sector.

To apply: please send a covering letter or video outlining your interest in rural touring, a summary of your current practice and a brief outline of the show that you’re looking to develop to hello@101outdoorarts.com by 5pm on 5 July 2021.

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The Rural Touring Lab is produced with support from Arts Council England and SELEP Ltd as a part of Catalyst For Culture and Marlowe, Canterbury.Share

Job Opportunity – Applause Marketing & Communications Officer

Applause is an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation working throughout Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex as well as further afield to ensure communities access professional theatre, music and other performing arts.

We are looking to recruit a Marketing and Communications Officer who will form part of a small team including Director, Community Engagement Lead, Programme Lead, a project manager and an administrator.

This is a pivotal role in the organisation supporting all areas of our activity. Our office base is in Tunbridge Wells and the role will require partial office presence.

Full job description and information on how to apply can be found on the Applause website here.

You can also download the Job Description and Equal Opportunities form.


Marketing and Communications Officer

Reports to: Programme Lead
Hours of work: 3.5 days per week flexible hours
Salary: £24,000-£26,000 pro rata
Holiday: Pro rata from 23 days per annum plus statutory holidays (pro rata)
Probation Period: 4 months
Notice: 2 months following probation period
Contract Type: Permanent
Pension: Workplace Pension (NEST)
Deadline: 23rd June 2021
Interview period: 28/29th June 2021