Artsreach Marketing Officer Vacancy

Artsreach is a charity that arranges tours of professional theatre, dance and music to rural communities across Dorset and is part of Arts Council England’s national portfolio.

We are looking for a highly motivated and creative individual to assist with the marketing of all Artsreach events, to develop the Artsreach brand, and to support the Executive Co-Directors. You will be working alongside a highly motivated but small team to provide a professional service, accessible to the public through a network of volunteers.

The key emphasis of the role will be the promotion and enhancement of the Artsreach brand to increase participation in our activities through maximising the benefits of social media and responding to the needs of our audience, promoters and investors.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate marketing and communications experience in both traditional and digital media. Creativity, attention to detail, a good teamworking ethos plus a knowledge of and passion for the performing arts are essential to this role. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required, as is an understanding of the power of arts and culture at professional and grassroots, community and voluntary level.

The successful candidate will lead on the creation of a marketing strategy and audience development plan for Artsreach, whilst confidently managing their time to deliver daily marketing activity.

This is a six-month, part-time contract, based on 2 days per week but with the potential for extension. Terms and conditions can be viewed within the full job description.

How to Apply
Please download and complete the Artsreach Job Application Form from the Artsreach website.
This should be returned, with an accompanying letter of application, telling us why you wish to apply for this job. Your application should set out the knowledge, skills and experience you offer set against the person specification and skills requirements in the Job Description, and giving examples of actual activities where possible.
Applications should be submitted either by email to or by post to Artsreach, The Little Keep, Barrack Rd,
Closing date for applications: 5pm on Friday 9th July 2021

Rural Arts Keepsake Commission ‘Pen Pals’

Pen Pals by Tom Wentworth 

Commissioned by Rural Arts as part of Keepsake, cultural experiences you can treasure

“We were better on paper…”

When Alison arrives at Irene’s cottage she doesn’t expect her friend’s daughter, Lucy, to be firmly in residence.

Lucy is suspicious – why did her mother never mention she had a pen pal for over forty years? Forced to share the house, both women discover they have very different memories of Irene. Did they really know her at all?

Pen Pals is a celebration of friendship and the art of letter writing across the generations.

Pen Pals is 30 minutes long and is streaming exclusively from Monday 17th– Sunday 30thMay 2021.

It can be listened to by calling local rate number 01845 980 360 or at

You can request a copy of the script by emailing

Quotes from Tom & Max

“At a time when we’ve been truly isolated as a society, I wanted to write about connection, friendship and it’s far-reaching power to heal” says writer Tom Wentworth “Pen Pals is a love letter to friendship.” Tom Wentworth is a writer for theatre and television, whose recent credits including BBC Four and BBC America, with upcoming projects with National Theatre Wales and BBC One.

“We’re so excited to share Tom’s work with audiences across North Yorkshire and beyond. He has a unique perspective, a beautiful style and knows how to punch you in the gut with story”, says Max May, Director and CEO of Rural Arts. “I hope listeners love the piece – and are perhaps inspired to write letters of their own. They’re an underrated way of sending something simple but special.”

New Perspectives Theatre Company, Artistic Director, Job Advert

  • Job Title: Artistic Director/CEO
  • Company: New Perspectives Theatre Company
  • Location: Nottingham
  • Salary: Circa £40,000

We are seeking a passionate, dynamic and visionary theatre maker to realise the artistic vision of the company, as New Perspectives approaches its 50th anniversary year.

We are considered to be a leading proponent of innovative theatre within the East Midlands region and nationally; this has been achieved through the development of a distinct artistic programme which embraces artistic rigour and independence. Our reputation has been developed from decades of touring imaginative theatre productions, creating projects in diverse rural and urban communities and contributing to placemaking.

The successful candidate will develop a bold artistic programme, continue to challenge and shape the work, champion new writing and develop new ways of connecting with our audiences.How to Apply

For the recruitment pack and to apply please go to our website at

We are committed to diversity, inclusivity and equality and particularly encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in the cultural sector.

Closing DateThe closing date for receipt of applications is 10am on Monday 14 June 2021.  

Local young people feature in professional dance film shot on Woolacombe Beach

  • With choreography by Joshua Nash, Burnout uses raw and energetic krumping in a film about frustration and young people’s wellbeing
  • The film will be shot between London (14 May) and Devon (6 June) by North Devon film maker Gemma Pons Alsina
  • The dance film has been commissioned by the Rural Touring Dance Initiative and Beaford

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For a raw and powerful dance film about the importance of space and time off for mental health, about looking after yourself in isolation, and releasing frustration, Burnout will see students from Unlimited Dance Company in Barnstaple perform together on Woolacombe Beach on Sunday 6th June. The Devon dancers have rehearsed with the London dance company during lockdown, learning Joshua Nash’s choreography over Zoom, and will perform it together with Joshua for the first time when it is filmed. Reflecting the journey of young people during the pandemic, the film will be a chance to let it all out through the physicality of krumping, and to reconnect with friends and loved ones. They will be joined by professional dancers recording their parts in London, juxtaposing the urban city and the rural North Devon coast. The film has been commissioned by Beaford and Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI); earlier this month, RTDI and The Place co-commission In A Nutshell by Lost Dog was nominated for Best Short Dance Film at the National Dance Awards.

The final film will be released to the public on 7th July on social media.

Joshua Nash is a freelance hip hop theatre artist whose movement language is focusing on Hip Hop, Krump and House. He is reputable as a core member of Botis Seva’s company Far From The Norm, with performance credits including Channel 4 Random Acts, BBC Performance Live with Studio Wayne McGregor and Sadler’s Wells 20th anniversary triple bill Reckonings. He was due to perform a rural tour with RTDI in 2020, 

North Devon professional freelance film maker Gemma Pons Alsina, a keen dancer herself, has already filmed and edited five adult community dance routines during the Covid-19 lockdown year on location within the North Devon Biosphere – including Braunton Burrows, Ilfracombe Harbour and Barnstaple. The first ballet piece, performed by dancers of mixed abilities, received over 100,000 views globally. Gemma is Spanish-born and based in Croyde, North Devon

Joshua Nash said, “This has been such an exciting project to work on over the past few months. It’s been incredible working with the young people at Unlimited dance over Zoom to choreograph a film which has been born directly out of the pandemic. Krump is an artform which is still quite new within the hip-hop dance world, so having the opportunity to share it with young people who live in Devon and might not have done anything like this before has been special. The film will be a real celebration of people coming back together, difference and how we can all start to look ahead after a difficult year.”

Beaford is England’s longest-established rural arts initiative, supporting rural creative development and providing access to high quality arts experiences across rural north Devon for more than 55 years. We are innovators in rural community engagement, cultural education, and artistic leadership, always looking to seek out entertaining and extraordinary ways to explore our land, lives and future

The RTDI is a partnership between the National Rural Touring Forum, The Place, China Plate and Take Art.

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 July 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.

Lost Dog Dance stream ‘Paradise Lost (lies unopen beside me)’ with RTDI partners The Place

Lost Dog Dance (RTDI Alumni) are streaming the Rural Touring Award Winning show ‘Paradise Lost (lies unopen beside me)’ with RTDI project partners The Place.

Saturday 5h & Sunday 6th June
Tickets £10 online here

A show for anyone who has created anything (child, garden, paper aeroplane) and then watched it spiral out of control.

Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me) is a one-man adaptation of Milton’s epic poem and is conceived, directed and performed by Ben Duke for Lost Dog.

“The comedy is divine, but the images of love and loss are achingly human” ★★★★★ 

The Independent

The Library Presents Autumn 2021 – Open Calls

The Library Presents Autumn 2021 - Open Calls

The Library Presents programme currently has two open calls for artists to provide a mix of of performances (indoor & outdoor), digital work and participatory workshops: 

  1. The Library Presents Open Call for Events in Autumn 2021
    • This is an open call for artists to suggest physical, indoor or outdoor material for The Library Presents menu for autumn 2021 (mid Oct-Dec).
    • This Call-Out is open to artists/organisations in the Eastern Region (Beds, Herts, Norf, Suff, Cambs, Esssex, P’boro).
  2. The Library Presents Open Call for In Your House Autumn 2021
    • This is an open call for artists to suggest remote and digital material for The Library Presents In Your House menu for autumn 2021 (mid Oct-Dec). This element of the season will include a mixture of digital work, postal work, radio, window or outdoor projections. The activity you propose should not be freely accessible online already.
    • This Call-Out is open to artists/organisations in the UK.

Deadline for expressions of interest 13 June 2021.  The fee is a maximum of £1000 per activity (excluding VAT).  

Please click here for further information. 
If you are interested in The Library Presents programme, wish to submit an application to our Autumn 2021 season or have any questions surrounding the programme, please sign up to one of the available ‘advice surgeries’ with Florence Rose, Babylon ARTS.
Please sign up to a surgery with your name here, then please email, with the phone number you wish to be called on, and a brief overview on what you would like to discuss during your surgery. Please provide a website/link to show if relevant.


Applause is ready to get back to live events as restrictions ease this May, with a host of hand-picked shows perfect to get the community creative outdoors.

Arbor at Unfest

All the shows are Covid Safe, family friendly and designed for outdoor spaces, ideal for a community event, fete, or festival. There are 5 newly commissioned shows and 8 returning favourites providing a plethora of lively, inventive work to wow audiences across rural communities this Spring/Summer. Applause brings exceptional work right into the heart of communities, meaning audiences don’t have to travel far to see top quality performances. Working with a wide variety of events, from small
village fetes to large festivals, Applause offers subsidies to volunteer promoters and programmers enabling them to showcase outstanding performances in their community. In 2019, Applause worked with 70 local events to enliven them with brilliant shows.

“I am so pleased that Applause Outdoors exists! Particularly this year, as we are coming out of lockdown and the crippling effect the pandemic has had on the arts. The Rye Arts Festival has booked many of the acts promoted by Applause Outdoors over the years: The Amazing Cauliflower Machine, Octopot, Bazazi Brothers, Rat Choc Chip to name but a few. So, in September 2021 we are planning to have a day of outside, covid-safe activities from Applause Outdoors at the opening of this year’s 50th anniversary celebratory Festival. It will be a day for families to gather and have fun in the beautiful ancient town of Rye with stimulating activities and shows that will inject some much-needed fun into our return to normality.”

Niki at Rye Arts Festival

Applause will be starting with a bang this May bank holiday weekend with JukeBoxes and Nearly There yet – see listings info below.

To find out more about Applause’s work or to book one of these fantastic performances this summer, please contact Community Engagement Lead, Alice Hiller: or 07979 888734. The performances available for touring this summer are listed below. Further information on all the shows can be found on the Applause website:

• Dizzy O’Dare: Falconry Dismay
A raucous, fun and very silly puppetry show about falconry displays.
• Frolicked: Seeing Red
A storytelling puppetry show that is a modern reworking of the classic fairy tale Red Riding
• James Wilton Dance: iRobot
A human and a robot fly through the air in this part dance, part trampolining extravaganza.
• Frank Wurzinger: Tree Fellas
A hilarious interactive comedy walkabout about a tree family looking for somewhere to settle
• Beautiful Creatures Theatre: Bell Orchestra
An interactive musical game for families, that invites audiences of all ages to come together to
play beautiful melodies on a set of giant chimes

• The Flying Bazazi Brothers: Nearly There Yet
This riotous double act, dance, juggle, and fall over each other for your viewing pleasure
• Eric MacLennan: The Open Air Drawing Room
Audience members are invited to stop, reflect see the bigger picture in a joyful celebration of
collective creativity as they create a giant piece of art.
• Rust & Stardust: Tweethearts
A heart-warming tale of friendship and feathers, with live music, beautiful puppets and an
enchanting tea room setting.
• Smoking Apples: Arbor The Tree
Follow Arbor’s story of being pushed from his home and his fight to preserve his future featuring
a 17ft puppet and beautiful storytelling
• Bootworks Theatre: Jukeboxes
Street theatre fun with two JukeBoxes. Performers pop up with a host of props to bring to life
pop-stars from past and present.
• Enter Edem: Comedy Cavemen
Walk about fun with the cavemen causing chaos and spreading an environmental message.
• Joe Garbett Dance: Doubles
Dance and ping pong collide with this high energy pop-up performance.

Carn to Cove and Villages In Action: Krowji Fire Formal Statement

We are sad and distressed to report a major incident at our Krowji creative workspace in Redruth.  A fire was reported in the early hours of Sunday morning which has destroyed a number of studio spaces at the heart of our site.  Further office accommodation and studios were water damaged and will require major repairs. 

Thankfully no one was hurt or killed.  The artists and makers affected, however, have lost studio spaces, work, equipment and will experience major disruption to their practice and livelihoods.  Our priority will be to support these tenants and the rest of the community at Krowji in accessing all the support they need in the coming days and weeks.

We extend our thanks to Cornwall Fire and Rescue for their prompt action and professional support.  We are also very grateful to numerous cultural partners and friends who have made offers of help, alternative accommodation and expert advice which we will be incorporating into our plans.

A crowdfunder has been started to raise funds for the artists.  This is not connected to Creative Kernow or Krowji but we will be reaching out to the organisers and thank them for their energy and fast action to support our community.

Krowji and Stones Krowji cafe will be closed until further notice and we ask that members of the public do not attempt to access the site for safety and security reasons.

Inn Crowd: Acclaimed Writer Premiers Digital Poetry Film About Growing Up Gay in England

James McDermott, Norfolk born playwright, poet and associate artist at both Norwich Theatre Royal and Norwich Arts Centre, has collaborated with national project Inn Crowd to create a new performance poetry film that follows the experiences of a gay teenager coming of age during the nineties and noughties.

Manatomy will premiere for free online on Saturday 22nd May, and is a witty exploration of identity, politics, pop culture and place, and questions how lad culture shapes boys as they grow into men. Poems featured in Manatomy are taken from James McDermott’s poetry collection of the same name published by Burning Eye Books. The premiere will include a live Q&A with James, but the film will still be available to view free for two weeks after the premiere.

Speaking about the project, James said:

“I hope that the poems in the ‘Manatomy’ film entertain audiences and help them to better understand and reassess how they perceive queer experiences for young adults in rural East Anglian communities. I look forward to performing these poems in person when I tour ‘Manatomy’ to pubs across the county with Inn Crowd later this year”.

James has been one of Norfolk’s hugely successful home-grown writers over the last few years. As well as being a widely acclaimed poet and playwright, he also has ideas in development with various television production companies, and regularly teaches writing workshops at University of East Anglia and Norwich Theatre Royal.

This film is part of Inn Crowd’s ‘After Hours’ project, a new series of electrifying digital spoken-word pieces bringing new writing into people’s homes for free. Prior to the pandemic, Inn Crowd usually operates by bringing professional, high-quality live-literature inspired pieces to rural pubs. Arts organisations Creative Arts East and National Centre for Writing work with national partners Applause Rural Touring deliver the project countrywide. 

As well as James McDermott’s Manatomy, Radio 4 regular John Osborne will premiere his new show Supermarket Love Stories in June, and Byron Vincent’s Instagramming The Apocalypse aired online last month with great success.To catch the premiere of Manatomy on 22nd May at 8pm, or watch it at any time for two weeks after that date, visit

Villages In Action: Job Opportunities

ViA is a charity that has been promoting the arts in southern Devon for over 25 years and offers a ‘menu’ of high-quality arts performances to a network of volunteer promoters who pick from the choice of events for their communities.

You will join the team at a key moment as we transition from an ACE-funded project led by Creative Kernow to a more autonomous organisation. We are interested in the distinctiveness of Devon and the opportunities for community-inspired activity to take ViA forward to the next stage of its development.

We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies (click on the job title to find out more about the position):

Development and Fundraising Consultant. 6 month freelance role

Digital and Touring Producer. 6 month freelance role

Creative Connector.6 month placement as part of the Government’s Kickstart scheme for 16-24 year olds.