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ARC works in partnership with many organisations across the public, private and third sector. Some examples include:


Further/Higher education

Stockton Riverside College
ARC has a long history of working with Stockton Riverside College, in particularly supporting the college’s Performing Arts courses. Each year, students studying for BTEC Diplomas mount their Christmas show in ARC’s Theatre, presenting more than 30 performances to audiences of more than 5,000.

Durham University Queen’s Campus
Students studying at Durham University’s Queens Campus in Stockton are supported annually to present performances utilising the facilities and expertise at ARC. Primarily working with Infinity Musical Theatre and ACT student societies, ARC hosted eight performances in 2011/12, with audiences of more than 850 people.


Events and festivals

Cleveland CAMRA
Each year, ARC works with real ale enthusiasts from Cleveland CAMRA to present Ale and Arty, our real ale festival. Alongside the opportunity to taste more than 80 beers, ciders and perrys, ARC presents music and comedy events specially chosen for real ale lovers.

Stockton Calling
Stockton’s Easter Saturday music festival has quickly become a fixture in the calendar. Presented by ARC, the Georgian and Ku, 2012’s festival featured over 40 bands across five venues, with audiences of more than 1,000.

Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF)
For five amazing days each year, Stockton on Tees Borough Council present SIRF, an opportunity to see some of the most spectacular outdoor arts performances in the world. ARC acts as the hub of the festival, providing space for artists and production staff to work from as well as ticketing and marketing support in the lead up to the festival.


Venue collaborations

North East Children’s Theatre Consortium
ARC is pleased to be a member of the North East Children’s Theatre Consortium, formed by Theatre Hullabaloo in 2012, and funded by a Strategic Touring grant from Arts Council England. We will be working with Theatre Hullabaloo and other venues across Teesside, Durham and Sunderland over the next three years to expand our programme of theatre for children and young people.

North East Venues
ARC's Chief Executive, Annabel Turpin, currently chairs the North East Venue group. The group came together in June 2009, as an informal group of venue managers and programmers looking to share information and practice across the region. We share a passion for performing arts, and over the past few years we have discussed everything from pricing to programming. We meet four times a year.

ARC, on behalf of the North East Venues group organises two Meet the Programmers events per year, opportunities for artists living and working in the region to meet and pitch their work to North East programmers. The events coincide with the update and publication of Passionate about artists edocument, which is managed by ARC. For more details please contact Helen Ferguson.

Artist development

Click here for details about Bridging the Gap – a partnership between ARC, Alnwick Playhouse, Customs House, Newcastle Theatre Royal and The Maltings, Berwick

Click here for details about Routes North – a partnership between ARC, The Lowry and Theatre in the Mill, Bradford

Apples and Snakes is the leading organisation for performance poetry in England, and ARC works in partnership with the Regional Coordinator, Kirsten Luckins, to support the development of performance poetry and spoken word. Kirsten is based at ARC, and can be contacted at

For more details about how ARC supports performance artists please click here.


Creative Industries
ARC is passionate about supporting creative industries to thrive in Stockton, and as a member of the Creative Sector Steering Group, works closely with Stockton Borough Council and other partners to encourage creative business activity.