Lords told of lack of support for rural arts

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28 Sep 2018

A Select Committee on the rural economy will report back next year on the sorts of interventions needed to support local amenities and tackle deprivation.

The hills are alive… with event cinema

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22 Feb 2018

A new model of digital distribution is giving rural communities the chance to see filmed performances of dance, opera and theatre at affordable prices. Denzil Monk explains how.

Rebalancing funding for rural arts

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08 Feb 2018

It’s not enough for urban arts companies to tour to rural areas - we need to support more rurally based organisations, argues Ralph Lister.

An insight into our green and pleasant land

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08 Feb 2018

Is it possible that our impression of rural touring is outdated and even cynical? Anne Torreggiani and Jonathan Goodacre reveal how wide-ranging it is and who the audiences are.

Rural England: is there an appetite for culturally diverse art?

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08 Feb 2018

New research found audiences in rural Lincolnshire are hungry for culturally diverse theatre and dance, but the provision isn’t there. Arya Madhavan and Sreenath Nair explore the issues.

Performing in smaller spaces

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08 Feb 2018

When Clod Ensemble decided to work on a completely different scale and tour a one-woman show to rural Scotland, it was faced with a creative challenge. Roxanne Peak-Payne tells the story.

Long van journeys into the night

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08 Feb 2018

Rural touring can be exhausting and unpredictable, but the key to making it a rewarding, rich experience is finding the right people to work with, says Jack McNamara

Retired rural audiences hungry for diverse work, report finds

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15 Dec 2017

A research project that toured an Indian play around Lincolnshire has uncovered challenges around staging and touring diverse arts in rural areas.

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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