Three organisations in the North receive Strategic touring funding

Oriental Arts, the Just So Festival and Pendle Leisure Trust have been awarded funding through the twelfth round of the Arts Council’s Strategic touring programme. The Strategic touring programme aims to give more people across the country better access to quality work across a range of venues.It targets places with low levels of art engagement and those that rely on touring for arts and culture and it increases work for and by children and young people and people from diverse backgrounds.

Oriental Arts will receive £118,532 for collaborative work between communities, creative professionals and curators to create an exhibition exploring the relationship between Gujarat in India and Britain. Commissioned photography, film and audio complemented with material from gallery, museum, library and personal collections will tour to six venues in the Midlands, North and London areas alongside outreach, audience development and evaluation programmes.

The Just So Festival will receive £128,900 for the Northwest Greenfield Festivals Family Arts Project which will develop a consortium of North based greenfield camping festivals to tour an increasing amount of high quality family arts. The project partners will commission new work, collaborate and share knowledge and resources, as well as building and developing family audiences.

Pendle Leisure Trust has been awarded £153,638 to run a project designed to dramatically increase artistic engagement by working alongside youth and community programmers. Successful organisations and venues will put on great touring art, develop expertise in programming great art and increase audiences for the arts overall across a partnership of four venues in Pendle and Blackburn with Darwen.

Eleven organisations will receive a total of £1,645,564 through this round of the Strategic touring fund. The eight other successful applicants are The Devon Guild Of Craftsmen, Ikon Gallery Limited, the Southbank Centre, UK Arts International Ltd, Holly Darton, National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Film and Video Umbrella and the Crafts Council. Full details can be found here.

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