Strategic touring awards of £1.8 million announced in the North

Seven organisations in the North have been successful in the latest round of the Arts Council’s Strategic touring programme with funding totalling £1,843,834.

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 organisations in the North are:

Abandon Normal Devices (£200,000): AND Festival on Tour aims to unlock the digital capacity of organisations in rural sites through a tour of new digital commissions to low engaged sites across the North. The programme will work with local festivals, small scale and outdoor arts organisations (venues including forests, guest houses and community homes).

Beam (£50,000): Lit Fest in a Day goes on tour will tour four Wakefield District areas between 2015-17. In each location substantial audience engagement activity and skills development will take place with new community venues and partners, culminating in the co-curation of high quality mini-festival events building foundations for future programming and touring.

Culturapedia (£203,602): This project will develop and deliver a sustainable library-based community touring circuit to tour new work, to new audiences across Lancashire and Cheshire. Building on an established rural touring model, it will extend reach and increase artistic engagement, enabling librarians and community programmers to collectively promote touring work relevant to their communities.

New Writing North (£264,674): Literature Touring in the North will tour high quality performing arts adaptations of children’s books and associated reader development and participatory activity for under sevens and their families to libraries and community centres across the North.

Northern Ballet (£602,751): More Short Ballets for More Small People
Northern Ballet will deliver a three year tour of three new children’s ballets in 31 venues across the North, Midlands, South East and South West Areas. The performances will engage children and families of all means and from all backgrounds who may not usually access the arts, supported by an audience development and access programme.

Root Music Ltd (£286,897), in partnership with Band on the Wall, will deliver a second phase of Music-Net National, an expanded three year programme promoting high quality music tours to venues of low arts engagement across the UK and consolidating current partnerships in the North of England.

Seven Stories (£235,910): On the Road is a three year project that aims to provide children, young people and families with access to a rich programme of high quality children’s literature exhibitions, focusing on areas of low cultural participation. The programme will embed opportunities for community engagement, learning and participation initiatives and audience development, touring in the Midlands, North and South East Areas.

18 organisations across England will receive a total of £3,971,175 through this round of the fund. Full details can be found here.

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