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


Venue collaborations

Future Arts Centres
ARC’s Chief Executive Annabel Turpin co-chairs Future Arts Centres, a working group comprised of ARC Stockton, Arts Depot (North London), Brewery Arts Centre (Kendal), The Albany (South London), Cambridge Junction, Lincoln Drill Hall, mac Birmingham, Rich Mix (East London) and Stratford Circus (East London).

Future Arts Centres is committed to championing the unique importance of arts centres at local, regional and national level. It aims to do this by raising the profile of arts centres’ and their vital contribution to the cultural civic life of our town centres and cities; supporting arts centres’ sustainability and driving forward opportunities for growth and innovation.

In May 2014, NPAC hosted the first Future Arts Centres event, bringing together more than 50 CEOs of arts centres from across the UK to establish a wider network and identify priorities for future activity. An online peer support network was launched which is now being used by more than 100 arts centres.

To visit the Future Arts Centres website, click here.

Venues North
Venues North is a network of venues from across the North of England who are committed to supporting artists to create new work. Our aim is to work together as venues to support new and emerging artists from the North to get their work more widely seen regionally, nationally and internationally.

By new work, we mean new theatre and performance, usually devised work or new writing, or work that explores the boundaries of theatrical form.

The group was brought together and is chaired by ARC’s Chief Executive, Annabel Turpin, and meets regularly to share best practice around artist development.

Find out more about Venues North.

REACH – Touring in the North East
REACH is a three year partnership project, managed by ARC and Leeds-based theatre and dance producers, Dep Arts Ltd, designed to increase the amount and quality of contemporary theatre touring into the North East region. The £1m project is supported by funding from Arts Council England’s strategic touring funds and represents one of the largest grants made to date.

Between April 2014 – Dec 2016, REACH will work with eight venues – Alnwick Playhouse, Arts Centre Washington, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Customs House, South Shields, Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre, Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham, Saltburn Arts Theatre and Seaton Delaval Arts Centre – to present six existing theatre shows and commission three new ones. Touring companies include Unlimited, The Paper Birds, Third Angel, Chris Thorpe and Hannah Jane Walker and Tangled Feet amongst others.

You can read more about REACH here.

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. Through the consortium, we work with Theatre Hullabaloo and other venues across Teesside, Durham and Sunderland to improve the amount and quality of theatre available or children and young people.

Artist development

North East Artist Development Network
ARC currently manages activity on behalf of the North East Artist Development Network, which is led by a small group of organisations committed to support artists to develop their work. It grew out of the NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues Creative Programmers group coming together with the North East Venues group to form an independent network.

The Network’s vision is to make the North East the best place in the UK for artists to develop work, by creating a strong and effective artist development infrastructure that not only retains talent in the region, but also attracts talent to the region.

You can read more about the Network’s current activity here.

Bridging the Gap
Click here for details about Bridging the Gap – a partnership between ARC, Alnwick Playhouse, Arts Centre Washington, Customs House, Live Theatre, Northern Stage and The Maltings, Berwick.

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

Apples and Snakes
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.

Health and social care

Staying Out
Staying Out is a new project delivered by Synergy VCS Consortium, with two consortium members, 3Scoreyears&10 and ARC playing a leading role.  The project aims to support some of the most isolated older people in Stockton, on their discharge from hospital, to live healthy and fulfilling lives, and ultimately avoid readmission to hospital.  3Scoreyears&10 staff provide support for people referred into the project, introducing them to a dedicated befriender, who will support them to get access to services, including the option to attend creative activities run by ARC on Wednesday daytimes.

The project was made possible after Synergy secured funding from the Health Outcomes funding commissioned by Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group and Public Health Stockton via Catalyst.

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, 2014’s festival featured over 50 bands across eight venues, with audiences of more than 1,300.

Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF)
For four 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.

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 the Infinity Musical Theatre student society, ARC hosts their annual spring show.