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ARC’s performance artist network

ARCADE is a free membership scheme open to professional practitioners working in performance (primarily theatre, dance and spoken word).

ARC works with many artists and companies to support the development of their work – but we can only help if we know who you are! Joining ARCADE puts us in touch with you and vice versa.

Benefits of joining ARCADE

Membership of ARCADE is free and offers you the following:

Fortnightly e-newsletter

Our ARCADE e-newsletter highlights opportunities for artists from across the country, including commissions, platforms and workshops. We will pass on information we receive from our many partners to all ARCADE members to ensure you stay in touch and don’t miss out.

Surgery sessions

As an ARCADE member, you will be able to book a one-hour surgery session with a member of ARC staff to discuss practical issues around your artistic practice. So if you need programming, touring, technical or marketing advice, please contact us and we will arrange a time.

Access to space

ARCADE members are entitled to book up to 40 hours of space per year at a special rate of £6 (£5 + VAT) per hour, subject to availability. This can be used for meetings (although you are always welcome to use free meeting space in ARC’s foyers, including the first and second floors), auditions, R&D activity or rehearsals.

Space can be booked up to three months in advance, on a rolling basis. Please email with your requests, including your ideal dates, times, room requirements and purpose.

Scratch events

Twice a year ARC presents scratch events, bringing together artists and companies to share work in progress with other professionals. From 2017, scratch events will run on Saturdays, offering up to eight companies the chance to perform, with informal feedback afterwards.

Look out for the call out in the ARCADE newsletter, or email if you are interested in performing at a scratch event.

New writing

In addition to our regular scratch events, in January each year we run a New Writing Scratch in conjunction with students on the MA in Performance Practice course at Northumbria University. Writers are invited to submit 10 minute scripts – which can be excerpts from longer pieces – with up to eight scripts selected for performance. Scripts are then workshopped, directed and performed by the MA students in an evening of rehearsed readings at ARC.

Professional development

ARC works with a huge array of artists and companies from all over the UK, many of whom want to engage with local artists and practitioners. We actively seek opportunities to introduce artists to each other, and find ways of encouraging skill-sharing and collaboration.

Pay What You Decide

ARC’s entire theatre, dance and spoken word programme is offered on a Pay What You Decide basis, so alongside all our other customers, ARCADE members can attend performances without committing payment in advance, and decide how much to pay based on what you can afford and how much you enjoyed the show.

If you have any questions, please email To join ARCADE, click here for our online registration form.