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


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

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


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.