Issue 311: The arts in rural areas

  • The arts in rural areas

    Photo of arts event in a pub
    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.

    I have long believed in the need to document and record rural touring activity to give it more visibility, credibility and profile. So, in 2003 I was delighted with the report Only Connect, which surveyed rural touring audiences nationally, finding that 30% of rural audiences only accessed the arts through a rural touring experience in their local village hall.

    While many urban-based organisations work in rural areas, the arts ecology is healthier when arts organisations are located... more


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