Conference 2022 ‘Out of Office’ Programme

It’s fantastic to see so many of you planning on attending our ‘Out of Office’ conference next month.

We’ve been busy working away behind the scenes confirming artists and sessions, and planning our 25th Birthday Party! For those of you who haven’t bought a ticket yet, maybe we can convince you with a glimpse at our confirmed programme?

Monday 13th June

12:00 – 13:30Arrival and conference check in
13:45 – 14:00Welcome
14:00 – 17:00Welcome provocation session with Little Earthquake
16:00Check-in for hotel rooms opens
17:00 – 18:00Delegate free time
18:00 – 19:00TAIL project session with NRTF, Spot On Lancashire, Creative Arts East, Arts Council England (other break out sessions to be announced)
18:00 – 21:00‘I Am Bird’ Marie Klimis (TAIL & Farnham Maltings Co Commission)
19:30 – 20:30Hotel BBQ & Bar
21:00 – 22:00‘Tickbox’ Lubna Kerr

We kick off on Monday afternoon with a welcome reception followed by a session from Little Earthquake focussing on reconnecting. Many of you will be familiar with the work Little Earthquake do and their focus on collaboration and inclusivity – we couldn’t think of anyone better to bring us all back together for the first time in 3 years!

For those of you working with, in or simply just interested in Libraries, there will be a break out session from the TAIL project, Spot On Lancashire and Creative Arts East. There’ll also be a chance to explore ‘I Am Bird’ by Marie Kilmis, an immersive new experience for library spaces co-commissioned by the TAIL Project and Farnham Maltings.

Fingers crossed for a beautiful Buxton evening as we come together for a barbeque. We end day one with a chance to see ‘Tickbox,’ by Lubna Kerr, a semi-autobiographical, one-woman play in Scots-English and Urdu, which combines theatre, storytelling, and comedy to interweave the journeys of two Scottish Pakistani women.

Tuesday 14th June

9:00 – 9:30Escort to Octagon
10:00 – 13:00Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Workshop with Goss Consultancy
13:00 – 14:00Lunch at The Pavilion Gardens
14:00 – 17:00Performances, Showcases & Conversations
Performances with: Coalesce Dance Company, Marie Klimis, Maddie Morris, Jess Morgan. Conversations and 1-2-1 sessions with: Julie’s Bicycle, Audience Agency, TAIL Mentors., Arts Council England Relationship Managers
More to be announced
17:00Return to hotel
17:00 – 19:00Free time, a chance for delegates to catch up on projects etc.
18:45-19:00Escort to Octagon
19:00 – 19:30NRTF Celebratory Party Welcome drink & speeches
19:30-21:00Indian banquet dinner
20:00 – 22:00Ma Bessie & Her Pig Foot Band
22:15 – 00:00Nineties Disco

Nick Goss Consultancy will be joining us Tuesday morning for an in-depth workshop on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. This will be your chance to equip yourself with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to make meaningful change and progress within your organisation, venue and community. 

We don’t want to give too much away about Tuesday afternoon, but we will be adventuring out from The Palace Hotel to explore the beautiful Pavillion Gardens. You’ll have a chance to see the wonderful ‘Old Green Time machine’ from Coalesce Dance Theatre and meet new Inn Crowd artists.

Then that evening, we’re going back in time with a silver party and nineties disco to celebrate our 25th birthday party! After all, we think we all deserve to come together and celebrate everything our sector has to offer, don’t you?

Wednesday 15th June

Before 10 amGuests check out of hotel rooms
9:00 – 10:00Escort to Octagon
10:30 – 13:30Workshop: Staff & Employment Wellbeing with Culture, Health & Wellbeing Alliance
13:30 – 14:00Parting Thoughts and speeches
14:00Takeaway picnic lunch

We end the conference on Wednesday morning with a Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance session to support you and your teams’ health and wellbeing in and out of the workplace. So ensuring you are not only leaving the conference full of inspiration but also energised and confident that you can take on the next 25 years of Rural, Library and Community touring.

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:

Zoom Link:

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

NRTF Extend Free Membership

The NRTF recognises that this continues to be a difficult time for individual artists, creative freelancers, arts organisations and everyone involved in the rural touring sector. Last year, as a gesture of solidarity, we announced associate membership to the NRTF was free for a year. We are delighted to be extending this offer for another year for anyone eligible for a level three membership (individual artists, producers and none regularly funded performing companies).

Membership to the NRTF is open to anyone interested in rural touring, regardless of previous experience. Membership will allow you to access all of our resources, receive the weekly bulletin which contains the latest sector opportunities and news. Members automatically receive details for our monthly member meetings, create a profile on the NRTF website, and share news to other members via the discussion boards.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for the free membership level, or are a larger performing company who wish to continue being members of the NRTF but will struggle to cover your annual fee this year please contact us on

For existing eligible members, when you’re current membership comes up for renewal, you will automatically be sent an email to renew. If you are already registered as a level 3 (individual artist, small company, producer) the membership fee will automatically be set at £0. For those of you who have been members for several years, you may find your membership level has been set as ‘Level 4’ which is intended for larger, regularly funded performing companies and organisations – if this is not you, or you are a larger company but would struggle to cover your regular fee please contact us on Please note that depending on the membership type you register for effects the resources you can access, the bulletin and member meeting invitations you receive.

New members – How to register

  • Go to our website
  • Choose the type of member you are from the list
  • Fill in all the information you are asked for in the sign-up form
  • The membership fee will automatically be £0 for eligible member types. If you find there is a fee applied at checkout which would be unfeasible for your organisation, please contact us directly. Wherever possible we will discount fees as needed.