Northern Consortium & NEADN Rural Touring Development Programme

The Northern Consortium and North East Artist Development Network (NEADN) are looking for up to six artists and companies to take part in a development programme to create new work suitable for rural touring, which includes training, mentoring and a showcase event.

The programme provides professional support for artists and companies new to rural touring, working in conjunction with the North East Artist Development Network and six rural touring schemes:

• ArtERY Live: East Riding of Yorkshire
• Arts Out West
• Cheshire Rural Touring Arts
• LiveLincs: North Lincolnshire
• Highlights North
• Rural Arts North Yorkshire
• Spot On Lancashire



Selected companies can claim up to £100 to pay for expenses towards attending the training day and up to £150 towards attending the showcase day.

Companies selected for mentoring will receive a bursary of £375 towards travel costs.


The programme includes:

• A half day training session on pitching and presenting your work (Mon 8 Apr 2019)
• Presentation of an excerpt of your work at a showcase for rural touring promoters (Mon 29 Apr 2019)
• Opportunity for follow up mentoring from rural touring scheme managers

The aim of the development scheme is to support artists and companies new to rural touring to prepare, pitch and present their work for selection by rural touring scheme managers and promoters, leading to touring opportunities in autumn 2019 and beyond.

Following the showcase, a number of companies will be selected to receive follow up mentoring, which will include advice from scheme managers as well as opportunities to meet experienced rural touring companies and volunteer promoters.


Who can apply?

They are looking for companies who:

• have never performed through a rural touring network
• are interested in engaging with rural touring venues and audiences
• have an adventurous, engaging, distinctive piece of work that will be available for booking by rural touring schemes in autumn 2019 and beyond
• believe that their show can be presented in rural venues
• are based in the UK
• are able to attend a training day on Mon 8 Apr 2019, and perform an excerpt of their work as part of the showcase on Mon 29 Apr 2019

Applications can be for new or existing shows of any genre, suitable for adults or children.

The selection panel will prioritise artists and companies with protected characteristics including artists of colour and/or who identify as LGBTQ and/or disabled which are currently under-represented in rural touring.


Deadline 10am

Mon 25 Feb 2019.

The showcase will take place on Mon 29 Apr 2019, at Theatre Hullabaloo in Darlington. Each company will have the opportunity to:

• Give a 5 minute presentation on themselves and their work
• Perform up to 15 minutes’ worth of work
• Engage in direct conversations with the rural touring scheme managers and volunteer promoters



Published on:
18 Feb 2019


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