Succession planning

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11 May 2017

Young people in remote parts of Scotland have gained the skills to organise rural tours in a project designed to generate a new breed of arts promoters. Jo McLean describes their experience.

Collaborative network broadens arts offer in Yorkshire

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22 Mar 2017

The knowledge-sharing Small Venues Network intends to take on an additional 20 members later this year.

Online music lessons an effective way of reaching rural pupils

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09 Mar 2017

Music Hubs could save an average of 476 hours driving a week by switching to online teaching, research suggests.

The magic of rural touring

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15 Dec 2016

Volunteer promoter Tom Speight writes about the joys of hosting professional performing arts right on his doorstep as part of a rural touring scheme.

An immersive experience

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01 Mar 2016

At The Watermill Theatre, the cast lives on site – alongside ducks and chickens – for the whole production process. New Artistic Director Paul Hart reveals the effect on the company. 

Support for a rural economy

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13 Jan 2016

A lack of business skills and access to equipment was holding artists in Dumfries and Galloway back. Clare Hanna explains the origins of Upland and how it supports artists.

Rural versus urban

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17 Sep 2015

Some arts attenders are more ‘promiscuous’ than others, the Audience Agencys data can reveal.

Book Review: A Wider Horizon

06 Aug 2015

How and why do rural touring companies thrive? Sue Robinson reviews the latest contribution from Francois Matarasso, a writer who has been helping her to answer similar questions for 20 years.

My Gurus

07 Nov 2013

Rachael Griffin tells us who has inspired her most. 

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