Rural Touring Dance Initiative Application now open!

Where: UK

Deadline for applications: Midday on 6 September 2018

The National Rural Touring Forum (NRTF) in partnership with The Place, Take Art and China Plate are continuing to support the touring and making of dance for rural areas through a second major award from Arts Council England Strategic Touring programme, and a new award from Arts Council Wales.

We are seeking UK based artists to take part in this project. There are opportunities to tour existing shows to rural locations, and we are offering two commissions of £10K to make a new show for rural touring, which will support a residency in a village hall. There are a limited number of grants of up to £5,000 for artists with existing shows to adapt shows for rural touring.

Through the Rural Dance Touring Initiative 2 we seek to work with dance artists to develop and tour dance work to rural audiences and village halls. Dance is underrepresented on the rural touring circuit and we want to increase opportunities for rural audiences to experience brilliant new dance.

We are looking for….

Existing shows

Artists who have a show which you think is ready to tour rurally, or ready with some adaptations, and is available to tour in autumn 2019/spring 2020.

New ideas

Artists who have an idea for a show you would like to make, or an idea in development, which you think would work well on the rural touring circuit. There is one award for a Wales based artist or company, supported by Arts Council Wales, and one award for an artist or company based anywhere in the UK.

Deadline for submissions: Midday on 6 September 2018

To find out more:

Further information is available both in English and Welsh (please follow the above link).

For inquiries about the project or criteria for the application or selection, please email
For technical questions about the application form, please email

Photo Credit: Head Wrap Diaries – Uchenna Dance

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