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ARC is committed to supporting and improving the amount and quality of artistic work being made in the North East region. We demonstrate this commitment by delivering a comprehensive programme of artist development, primarily aimed at drama, dance and spoken word artists.

Our vision is for ARC to become the place to see and develop new work in the Tees Valley and wider region – from its earliest stages at scratch nights, at showcase slots throughout the year, to fully-supported Associate Artist and Company productions.

The artist development programme incorporates a number of strands of activity:

ARCADE performance artist network, and associated activities
Associate Artists and Companies

ARC recognises the importance of developing opportunities for local and regional artists to perform their work, alongside developing the artists themselves, and works with other regional and national venues and organisations to create new platforms and pathways.

The first two years of ARC’s artist development programme were funded by the Arts Council through Grants for the Arts. A full independent evaluation was carried out and can be downloaded here.

On behalf of the North East Venues group and NewcastleGateshead Cultural Venues ARC organises two Meet the Programmers events per year, providing an opportunity for performance artists living and working in the region to meet and pitch their work to North East programmers. The event coincides with the update and publication of Passionate about artists, a guide to artistic policies and artist development opportunities in the North East of England. For more details about the event please contact Becci Sharrock.