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 info@artsreach.co.uk 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 https://www.ruralarts.org/whats-on/performances/pen-pals-a-keepsake-commission/

You can request a copy of the script by emailing megan@ruralarts.org

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.”

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 beaford.org

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.

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 florence.rose@babylonarts.org.uk, 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 OUTDOORS 2021 SHOWS ANNOUNCED

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: touring@applause.org.uk 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:

NEW COMMISSION
• 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
Hood.
• 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
down.
• 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


RETURNING FAVOURITES
• 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.

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.

Live & Local: Marketing & Publicity Assistant

£18,065 (Full-time @ 35 hrs per week/flexi time)

It is an exciting time to join Live & Local as the company continues working our range of partners, communities and stakeholders in the post COVID world. We support a network of over 300 voluntary organisations, across seven counties in the East and West Midlands, who choose and promote professional live performances and film screenings for their local community run venues.

The role is a key element within our team of 11 delivering sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships with communities and audiences through consultation, participation and collaboration. You will help deliver the audience engagement and marketing plans for all Live & Local programmes using a mix of traditional, digital and engagement marketing techniques including supporting our network of local promoters. You will work across all aspects of communications and engagement including social media, digital channels, media relations, publications and events and support the delivery of our communications plan.

The successful candidate will have some marketing and communications experience (in both traditional and digital media), creative flair with an attention to detail, an interest in arts engagement, a good teamworking ethos plus a knowledge of and passion for the performing arts and film.  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required, good literacy, numeracy and computer skills and an understanding of the power of arts and culture at both professional and grassroots, community and voluntary level.

Live & Local works to a flexi-time system that allows employees to vary their working hours day to day within specified limits.

Live & Local is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

Deadline: Midday on Monday 31st May 2021.

Interviews: Tuesday 8th June. (Zoom)

Application: Via online application form only. Application pack available for download on our jobs page: www.liveandlocal.org.uk

Highlights Rural Touring Scheme Spring Season May – July 2021

After many months of closure, Highlights Rural Touring Scheme is hoping to breathe life back into rural village halls and community venues across Cumbria, County Durham and Northumberland with some high quality arts performances this summer. 

From theatre, dance, live music and cabaret performances to family shows and creative workshops, Highlights are eager to bring some of the UK’s best touring companies and artists back into rural community spaces with their 2021 Spring programme.

“Last year we had to cancel far too many performances, so it was with an air of optimism over adversity that we programmed this season into early Summer,” says Kate Lynch, Director at Highlights.

“We are delighted by the government announcement that from 17 May we can bring great arts performances back to our rural venues. Things will look different. Audiences will be smaller; venues might feel less intimate. But there will be a warm welcome and our artists will perform with the same heart and passion as always.”

Highlights work with an army of volunteer promoters in over 65 community venues and village halls across the North of England to bring high quality performances to small rural communities.

This season sees 54 events in 32 community venues across the three counties. Among the theatre highlights are two performances featuring forgotten women in history. Singer songwriter Louise Jordan explores the myth of the ‘Lady with the Lamp’ in her show Florence. SOLD tells the remarkable story of Mary Prince, who escaped 40 years of slavery to become a beacon of the British Abolitionist movement. This award-wining show combines traditional African Griot storytelling fused with drumming, dance and song in an exceptional piece of theatre.

British social history continues with an energetic one-man adaptation of Robert Tressell’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropist. This fantastic Magic Lantern show features audience participation, storytelling, songs and funny one-liners to amuse and inform the whole family.

PMac Productions’ Old Herbaceous explores rural society but that of a bygone era told through the eyes of a retired head gardener of a country house. Fans of Downton Abbey and Gardeners World will enjoy this charming tale of love and loss with gardening tips.

Identity and food combine in a multicultural feast for the senses. In Love and Spice, the Balbir Singh Dance Company fuse Kathak and contemporary dance, music and a homemade curry cooked by a chef during the performance. 

Dance continues with The Hotel Experience from Lila Dance where nothing is quite as it seems behind the ‘Do Not Disturb’ signs.

There’s a plethora of live music on offer from an evocative toe-tapping tribute to French music courtesy of Fifi la Mer and beautiful original music from BBC 2 Folk Awards winner Rowan Rheingans in her new show Dispatches on the Red Dress

Seasoned folk musician and musical narrator of the West End’s War Horse, Saul Rose joins the tour for a rare solo show whilst Flats & Sharps head to Cumbria with their fusion of foot-stomping Appalachian tunes with a unique Cornish folk twist.

This year, for the first time, Highlights are bringing some of the region’s most talented artists and designer makers to community venues for some truly participatory workshops. 

With artforms as diverse as origami, leather tooling and lino printing on offer, it is hoped the workshops will not only be a chance to learn or develop skills but also an opportunity to get together with friends, meet new people and enjoy a relaxed and creative day. 

Should performances or workshops need to be cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions, ticket holders will be refunded in full. For booking information and details about the full Highlights Rural Touring Scheme Spring programme visit www.highlightsnorth.co.uk

Rural Arts announce Keepsake Commission ‘Ask For Sophie’

Rural Arts is proud to announce the streaming of a brand-new audio play exploring isolation within LGBTQ+ communities.  

‘Ask for Sophie’ by Kerrie Marsh is a new commission from Rural Arts’ project Keepsake, which connects communities and reduces isolation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.  

This unique play is accessed via telephone line at any time, night or day. A character – the chatty and eponymous Sophie – answers the call. You, the audience member, play the role of a silent caller to an LGBT+ support line for people in rural areas. You’re in good hands with Sophie who guides you, shares her experiences and lets you know that you’re not alone. Sophie’s always there – all you have to do is call.  

Ask for Sophie is available from Monday 3rd – Sunday 16th May, 24 hours per day, by calling 01845 980 758.