Flicks in the Sticks employ five young people to engage new audiences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8 Nov ’19


Flicks in the Sticks employ five young people to engage new audiences

Thanks to funding from the BFI (British Film Institute), rural cinema Flicks in the Sticks has been able to employ five young people as Cultural Coordinators in a bid to reach and engage new audiences through film events specifically for young adults.

Based in and around market towns in Shropshire and Herefordshire; Whitchurch, Shrewsbury, Hereford, Leominster and also Welshpool, the Coordinators aim to work closely with groups of local young people to organise film screenings for those aged 16-30.

The funding has given jobs to young people who are passionate about film and are keen to organise events with, and support attendance by, other young people with similar interests. It is important to Flicks in the Sticks that we expand our audiences to include more people under 35.

We hope to learn from the new audiences how we can make Flicks more accessible to under-represented groups and offer a much more social event, moving away from the trend of watching films on a phone or tablet. With the introduction of streaming sites like Netflix, iPlayer and YouTube and the costs of traveling and going to mainstream cinema, rural young adults are increasingly engaging with film at home.

Director of Arts Alive, Ian Kerry says;

“We are really excited to have received this support from the BFI, and we are now in a position to employ some young people to deliver this great project. If you are between 16 and 30 and want to screen films in a venue of your choice now is your chance to get in touch!”

Tune in to BBC Radio Shropshire to hear Cultural Coordinators Polly and Jo on The Seven O’Clock Show: Thursday 14th November, 7pm

Flicks in the Sticks, the flagship project of rural touring scheme Arts Alive, delivers over 1000 high quality film events to village hall and community venues across Shropshire, Herefordshire and beyond. In 2018 alone, 48,000 people attended a Flicks screening. This year Flicks in the Sticks celebrates 20 years of bringing a wide range of cultural film to local audiences.

If you are interested in putting on a film screening for people between the ages of 18-30, please contact info@artsalive.co.uk

Inn Crowd Call Out 2019

INN CROWD – LIVE LITERATURE IN PUBS AND COMMUNITY SPACES

Calling Live Literature Performers: We want your show!

‘The Inn Crowd is a brilliant project. It supports and enables performers to make work, helps us reach new audiences, and promotes live literature across the UK. Get involved!’ Sophia Walker

INN CROWD is a programme of high quality live literature performances touring to rural pubs across the UK from 2019-2022. It helps reinforce pubs as central to rural community life by bringing exceptional cultural experiences to new audiences.

INN CROWD offers funding, bookings, development support, and publicity to support brilliant live literature artists.

Shows, sets or performances may include elements of theatre, poetry, spoken word, storytelling, literary adaptation, comedy, live art and audience participation … but the starting point for performances must be written or composed text.

We are looking for:

Reshape: shows, sets or performances that have been fully or partially developed and can be reshaped to suit performance in pub and other community settings.

Co-Production: ideas for new shows, sets or performances that can be developed with time and assistance from the Inn Crowd consortium.

Ready-to-Go: show, sets, or performances already developed and with a performance record, suitable for rural touring pub setting. You can contact us at anytime with a Ready-to-Go proposal.

TO APPLY
Download and read the full information pack and then complete the online application form here: https://forms.gle/g8BAiCv7GWLPH4mk9

Deadline for applications is 5pm Monday 23rd September 2019.

Applicants should expect to be invited to an informal sharing and discussion about the show in London on Thursday 10th October 2019. We cover travel costs for this. Please ensure you are available for this.

To learn more about INN CROWD visit www.inncrowd.org.uk

‘Inn Crowd is supporting the art of storytelling…the performers benefit, the community benefits and the pub benefits – I like being part of that triangle.’ John Osbourne

INN CROWD is a collaboration between Applause Rural Touring,Creative Arts East, and National Centre for Writing.

New art partnership between Attingham Park and Pentabus calls for artists for the LEGACY project

The LEGACY project, a partnership between the National Trust’s Attingham Park and Pentabus Theatre is calling for artists to join the project and work with young people and local communities from autumn 2019, to create a site specific artwork which will be displayed at Attingham Park.  

LEGACY is a Trust New Art collaboration between Attingham Park and Pentabus and will explore the gift of Attingham Park to the National Trust by Thomas, Lord Berwick in 1947. The project is delivered by the National Trust and Pentabus, and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, part of Trust New Art, National Trust’s programme of contemporary arts.

Sophie Motley, Pentabus’ Artistic Director said “We are delighted to be partnering with Trust New Art and Attingham Park on this project. This collaboration is at once local and national, born of a rural space, deep in the heart of South Shropshire yet accessible to all. The opportunity to collaborate with Attingham will enable new community, artist and volunteer partnerships, and most importantly, an excellent artistic output.”
Often described as the single most generous gift to the National Trust, Lord Berwick left the mansion and grounds “for public benefit” under the care of the Trust. Together Attingham and Pentabus are exploring what this means today. 

The partnership will be commissioning artists to work with young people and local communities to share and create their own experiences of Attingham Park. These will then form the basis of a site specific art installation, which will be shared with the public at Attingham Park from autumn 2020. A visual artist / designer and a socially engaged artist are sought to explore what legacy really means for a number of different communities through their relationship to Attingham.

Claire Tafft, Attingham’s Visitor Experience Manager, said “We’re excited to be working collaboratively to explore what Attingham means to people who already know it well, but also for those who don’t. Our staff and volunteers are looking forward to opening up more opportunities to continue the legacy of the 8th Lord Berwick by involving local communities in this new creative project.”

Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, is one of the greatest estates in Shropshire. An impressive late-18th century mansion and collection, landscaped Repton parkland with views across the ancient Shropshire countryside, a deer park, a productive organic walled garden and orchard and tenanted farmland of some 4000 acres.  The parkland at Attingham is one of the richest and most important nature conservation sites for veteran trees and invertebrates in England and for this reason is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England. Attingham has experienced the highs of huge wealth as well as the lows of benign neglect. Formerly owned by five generations of the Berwick family, it was gifted to the National Trust in 1947 and now welcomes over half a million visitors each year.

As a national rural theatre company, Pentabus have been a key figure in rural touring theatre and on the national theatre scene for the past 45 years. They are now pioneering a new strand of work called Theatre in Surprising Places – engaging with communities with little or no access to the arts – which sees them work with communities of place or interest to create new theatre projects which tell their stories. This is done through regular and deep engagement between artists and communities, a shared interest or theme, and working towards a final product over a period of time. They have to date made work with farmers and lifeboat men, with net makers and bus drivers, and with residents of our local communities. 

For more information on LEGACY and to download the artist briefs visit nationaltrust.org.uk/thelegacyproject or email attingham@nationaltrust.org.uk 

For information about Trust New Art visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trustnewart

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Rural Touring Dance Initiative Phase Two gets underway as it announces Autumn 2018 touring schedule

The collaborative project launched to bring more dance to village halls around the UK enters its second phase with the announcement of the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) Autumn programme. 

The productions that will tour have been chosen by local promoters from a menu of possible shows and are a varied mix from adaptations of classic books, through comic dance solos, digital installations, fairy tales and immersive work, bringing some of the best of contemporary dance to audiences who might not otherwise see it. 

The first shows in September will see bgoup’s Point of Echoes return to rural touring. Point of Echoes, a haunting tale of love, death and monsters set on a remote lighthouse, was the first show to be commissioned especially for rural touring by the RTDI in its first phase.

Making its rural touring debut from September is James Wilton Dance’s Leviathan, a fast-paced and athletic re-imagining ofHerman Melville’s Moby Dick, performed by a cast of 6 to a powerful electro-rock soundtrack. Rural touring favourites Lost Dog won a Rural Touring Award for theirprevious show Paradise Lost (lies unopened beside me…)  which toured village halls around the country in 2016-17. Their new show Juliet and Romeo, touring from October, offers an alternative take on Shakespeare’s tragic lovers that sees them grow up and live into middle age in a show that blends dance, theatre and comedy. 

Tom Dale Company’s I INFINITE, which will tour in November,is part dance, part video installation and meditates on the digital world’s quest to recreate life. Also in November, Complicité Associate Artist Shane Shambhu offers a humorous and honest personal tale of growing up in East London, learning and performing Indian Dance in Confessions of a Cockney Temple Dancer.

Lila Dance proved popular with rural touring audiences when they toured the immersive The Deluge last year. They return to village halls from November with The Hotel Experience, in which a man checks into a hotel the night before his wedding to discover that all is not as it seems.

And just in time for the Christmas season, Uchenna Dance will tour its first work for families, Hansel and Gretel offering a new take on the classic fairy tale. The company is known for blending dance styles from vogueing, house and waacking to contemporary and African dance, often along with text, to create shows that are entertaining and informative.

Speaking about the new season, Claire Smith, Project Manager for RTDI said, “We’re very excited to be building on the success of the past three years of Rural Dance and continuing to take the highest quality of touring dance in the UK to areas that wouldn’t normally have access to it.”

The Rural Touring Dance Initiative was launched in 2015 with the aim of substantially increasing dance touring in rural England. It is a partnership between NRTF, the Yorkshire-headquartered membership body for rural touring schemes in the UK; leading dance institution The Place; Birmingham-based independent producing studio China Plate; and Somerset’s county dance agency Take Art. It was formed in response to Arts Council England’s rural evidence and data review (March 2015), which found that only 2% of National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) funded dance companies toured to rural areas. In the last three years the RTDI has worked with 15 dance companies and staged over 135 performances have taken place with an average of 70% capacity.

https://www.ruraltouring.org/work/rural-touring-dance

South Downs National Park Authority/Inn Crowd – Writer/Performer in Residence Opportunity

Applause Rural Touring (ART) and South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) are pleased to announce a new partnership to commission a spoken word inspired show that explores and records residents relationship, thoughts and feelings of the South Downs National Park and will tour across the region in 2019 as part of the Inn Crowd project.

Inn Crowd supports rural pubs to host spoken word-inspired live performances, working with some of the UK’s top artists and performers to provide pubs in rural areas with professional, high-quality, fantastic live entertainment and reinforces the pub as a central, vibrant part of community life. Further information about Inn Crowd can be found here http://inncrowd.org.uk/.

We are looking for an individual or collective that has the necessary skills and experience to deliver both creative and artistic excellence along with strong project management. The project will run from January – August 2019 and will include the following:


• Research: Identify pubs and local community groups/schools to participate and contribute to the project and to host the new show.
• Residency : develop innovative and creative ways to gather material focused on the South Downs and people’s relationship with it, using local community networks and host pubs.
• Commission: from the material gathered develop one or more pieces for performance in host pubs.
• Performance: deliver 7 shows in host pubs across the region.

It is anticipated that this is a collaborative project and that the Lead writer/performer is likely to  engage other creative practitioners to support the delivery of this work.

Research and Project Management (10 days minimum) – in collaboration with SDNPA and ART to research appropriate host pubs in the lead areas and liaise with pubs and participating groups to arrange workshops and visits. It is essential that a diverse range of pubs are sourced and in particular we want to target small rural villages, and isolated and relatively deprived rural areas.

Residency (21 days – 3 days per location x 7) – Deliver opportunities for creative engagement with local communities to explore and record residents relationship, thoughts and feelings of the SDNP. Activities to include (but not limited to) workshops/interactions with primarily community groups, and schools as part of residency days or activities in host pubs. Content of workshops and visits will be focussed on gathering material specific to the South Downs National Park, people’s relation with the landscape, buildings, work and home environment.

Commission – Using the information and observations recorded as part of the residency, create one or more pieces for performance at Host pubs. The resulting work for performance must reflect the thoughts, feelings and responses by local residents about the SDNP as well as those of the WIR.

Touring – perform a minimum of 7 shows across the region

Time Scale (indicative):
November/December 2018: interviews and appointment of WIR.
December – February 2018: research period to scope and identify pubs/communities and opportunities for engagement.
March – May 2019: residencies and engagement opportunities.
June – July : writer develops new work/s
August/September :touring of new work in community venues/pubs

Fees
Research and Project Administration Fee: £2,000 (minimum of 10 days)
Total Residency Fee for lead artist and visiting artists or performers: £6300 (minimum of 21 days)
Commission fee for development of spoken word inspired show – £4000
Touring fees @ £450 inclusive per show – (minimum of 7)

Applications

To apply please send a CV, to include links to samples of your written work and any live performances plus accompanying letter of no more than one side of A4 highlighting your relevant experience and what you would bring to the project to Sally Lampitt  outdoors@applause.org.uk
Deadline for applications: 9am Monday 24 November
Interviews 3-5 December (please confirm that you are available for interview)

Farnham Maltings and Unlimited Partnership Commission

Farnham Maltings is proud to announce a joint commission with Unlimited for a project that gives innovative and exciting responses to the context of rural touring and village halls, and that place audiences at the heart of their artistic process.

We can provide expert advice and resources to those who are invited to submit a full application to the Farnham Maltings and Unlimited partnership award.  It is expected that the commissioned piece will tour to at least 3 rural communities during the project and be available to tour or shown by Spring 2020.

Projects wishing to be considered for this award will also need to meet the following criteria:

  • to be in the form of an event and/or performance
  • disability-led
  • to be innovative, ambitious and quality driven
  • have audience response and engagement at the heart of their creative process
  • strong track record of creating work and reaching audiences
  • strong artist/producer relationship evidenced
  • strong collaborations and partnerships (these can include those with non-disabled led companies/artists/producers)
  • technically suitable for touring into village halls and rural contexts
  • lead artist or company is resident in England or Wales
  • are applying for up to £25,000

Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings says “For us, there are extraordinary opportunities in making work for village halls and we want to encourage everybody to explore what happens when you make work with geographic communities rather than necessarily arts goers. There is something democratic in spaces in which everyone enters and leaves through the same door.

We want to make sure that the widest set of artists are offered the opportunity to play in this context. To discover what is special and ordinary in a space in which most people are turning up, not for the theatre but because something is happening in their community.”

Artists are invited to apply in the first instance with expressions of interest by 12pm 29th October 2018.

For more information and details of how to apply click here.

Village Halls Week: 22nd – 28th January 2019

A celebration of rural communities

National Charity Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) and their 38 member organisations are running a week long campaign to celebrate England’s 10,000 Village Halls.

Village Halls are an integral part of rural communities but are often overlooked. Think back over the years; birthday parties, christenings, weddings and funerals. Key moments in our lives – all treading the boards of our Village Halls.

This year we think about how Village Halls provide a space for communities to come together, something ever more pertinent with the rising number of people affected by loneliness.

Rural communities in particular are seeing diminishing services and social areas, such as the closing of pubs and shops. When these community spaces disappear, it becomes harder to connect, meet new people and have that much needed interaction.

ACRE believe Village Halls play a huge part in tackling these issues, for example providing community shops and pop up pubs where there are none, as well as social groups for older and younger people alike.

From the 22 January to the 28 January 2019, every county will see a series of events to bring people together and celebrate these crucial rural spaces. The campaign is supported by Defra with an appearance in the week from Lord Gardiner of Kimble.

Events include performances from Ian McMillan, renowned poet and broadcaster and children’s author and illustrator Steve Antony.

In addition, the NRTF has commissioned stand-up poet Kate Fox to write and perform a piece celebrating village halls.

For a full list of events visit the ACRE Website.
www.acre.org.uk

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Issued 09 January 2019


Notes

#Villagehallsweek (22-28 Jan) is an initiative started by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).

The ACRE Network is formed of ACRE and its members – 38 rural community councils based at county level across England. Many or the RCCs date back 90s years; ACRE was formed in 1987 and is the national voice for the country’s largest rural network, formed of 52,000 grassroots organisations in 11,000 rural communities.

The Launch Event will be at Little Thetford Village Hall in Cambridgeshire. Cambridgeshire ACRE will celebrate the history of Village Halls with appearances from Deputy Lieutenant Mrs Jane Lewin-Smith and the City of Ely Town Crier Mrs Avril Hayter-Smith.

Community Action Suffolk will welcome the support of Defra, with Lord Gardiner of Kimble Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Rural Affairs and Biosecurity in attendance.

Community Action Northumberland welcomes Ian McMillan renowned poet, writer and radio presenter. Ian supported Village Halls Week 2018 by writing ‘A Teapot as big as The Moon’, a poem especially about Village Halls.

GRCC (Community Action in Gloucestershire) hosts children’s author and illustrator Steve Antony. Steve will be doing a reading of his new book ‘Amazing’ published in January 2019.

Stand-up poet Kate Fox has been commissioned by the National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) to write and perform a poem. The NRTF is the membership organisation for rural touring schemes, working to bring professional performance art to rural audiences. Kate has recently made two comedy series for BBC Radio 4 called ‘The Price of Happiness’ and her comedy shows have toured from the Edinburgh Fringe to the Southbank Centre.

For a full list of events visit the ACRE Website.
www.acre.org.uk