Developing Artists in Rural Touring (DART)

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Our principal way of supporting artists is through our Developing Artists in Rural Touring Programme (DART). DART is open to artists who live and/or work in the East and West Midlands.

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The next DART day will take place at The Nest in Coventry on Wednesday 21st February 2024 from 10am to 4pm.

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Launching in 2013, DART has supported nearly 50 artists and companies. The initiative has also supported the creation of new and exciting work and has brought promoters and audiences closer to the creation of this work.

DART is now an ongoing programme of support for performing artists based in or working within the Midlands, curated by Live & Local.

We support artists who are actively seeking to move into rural touring with connections to rural promoter groups and audiences. We can also offer bursaries to such artists to attend the annual National Rural Touring Forum conference.

Through DART we also aim to spread the word about rural touring to performing artists in training within Higher Education settings and performing artists’ networks. Please get in touch if you have a course or network that would benefit from this.

DART supports:

  • The creative and organisational development of emerging and existing performing artists who seek to make performances for rural touring;
  • Providing artists with tickets to Live & Local performances and inviting them to promoter meetings;
  • Attending artists’ performances (or work-in-progress performances) and providing feedback
  • Interaction and mutual understanding between performing artists and rural promoters and audiences;
  • The development of high quality, innovative and diverse performance in rural touring;
  • Live & Local’s artistic and equalities policies;
  • Arts Council England’s Creative Case for Diversity.
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There are two strands to DART - a formal strand in which we invite artists from a particular location to meet the Live & Local team and other interested artists, and an informal strand in which you can contact us if you want to find out more or talk us about a show that might be suitable. We are aiming to do two formal programmes a year - please keep a close eye on our jobs and commissions page for these opportunities - and for the more informal side you can get in touch at any point.

Jobs & Commissions
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Previous DART Days

Read more from a previous DART day on our blog.

12th July 2022
DART Day Wrap Up

Our Artist Engagement Officer Steve Wilson is the key person to talk to if you are interested in getting involved in rural and community touring.

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