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Rural Touring Dance Initiative – call out for artists

The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) has joined forces with The Place, Take Art and China Plate to launch a new 3 year initiative for touring to and making dance for rural areas, funded by Arts Council England through their Strategic Touring programme.

We are seeking artists to take part in this project. There are opportunities to tour existing shows to rural locations, and we are offering one production award of up to £45,000 to make a new show for rural touring.

Through the Rural Touring Dance Initiative we seek to work with dance artists to develop and tour new work to rural audiences. Dance is underrepresented on the rural touring circuit and we want to increase opportunities for rural audiences to experience brilliant new dance.
We’re looking for…

Existing shows

Artists who have a show which you think is ready to tour rurally, or ready with some adaptations, and is available to tour in autumn 2016 and/or spring 2017.

New ideas

Artists who have an idea for a show you would like to make, which you think would work well on the rural touring circuit.

The deadline for applications to take part is 10am on Friday 11th September. Full details on the scheme and how to apply can be found on The Place website at