Three organisations in the North have been successful in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Strategic touring programme with funding totalling £405,479.
The Strategic touring programme aims to give people better access to quality work across a range of venues to more people across the country, targeting places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture. Following on from the year two analysis of the Strategic touring programme, we are particularly encouraged to see an increase in applications in this round for literature based projects (including arts in libraries), free outdoor projects, and those that benefit diverse audiences.
The successful projects in the North are:
‘The Mansio’ is an innovative literary commission created in partnership between Hexham Book Festival and Arts&Heritage which will tour in a specially designed mobile venue along Hadrian’s Wall. It will visit seven key historic sites along the wall for ten days each time, premiering diverse new writing from a range of writers and using multimedia, workshops, historical talks and activities for young people to reflect the social history of these places. Preview events in libraries and community spaces for local people will be held before it arrives, to engage local and rural audiences and build links between the literature festival, museums and heritage organisations. The project has been awarded £187,144.
Isis Arts will receive £99,780 for CORNERS – a project that will bring eight international touring co-productions featuring the work of 25 European artists to South East Northumberland and Middlesbrough as part of an extensive European project. It will connect the edges of Europe, presenting the eight new commissions in non-traditional venues within local communities, increasing and creating hard to reach audiences for contemporary art.
Community arts organisation Blaize has been awarded £118,255 to tour a diverse dance programme to rural venues in the North. Working with eight other organisations, including Balbir Singh Dance Company, it will enable rural audiences to experience culturally diverse dance performances and will include live music and outreach workshops across the North.
Eight organisations across England will receive a total of £1,773,013 through this round of the fund. Full details can be found here.