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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.

The Network is led by a steering group consisting of:

Anthony Baker, Dance City (Co-chair)
Gez Casey, Live Theatre
Katie Catling, Northern Stage
Kate Craddock, GIFT
Jo Cundall, Gala Durham
Helen Green, Arts Centre Washington
Natalie Querol, The Empty Space
Jo Potts, Alnwick Playhouse
Annabel Turpin, ARC (Co-chair)

ARC acts as project manager for the Network, reporting to the steering group.

Venue Partners:

  • Alnwick Playhouse
  • ARC, Stockton
  • Arts Centre Washington
  • Customs House, South Shields
  • Dance City, Newcastle
  • Gala Theatre, Durham
  • Gateshead Arts Development
  • Hartlepool Town Hall Theatre
  • Live Theatre
  • Middlesbrough Theatre
  • Northern Stage, Newcastle
  • Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
  • Seaton Delaval Arts Centre
  • The Maltings, Berwick
  • The Witham, Barnard Castle

In 2014/15, the Network received Arts Council funding to deliver activity which aimed to:

  • deliver a talent development programme which will influence the way artists/companies and venues work together
  • initiate relationships between artists/companies and programmers
  • increase the level of development support offered by venues
  • promote the North East as a fantastic place to develop and present work
  • stimulate critical writing about theatre and performance presented in the region

There were four main areas of activity:

Meet the Programmers – twice yearly events designed to bring North East programmers and artists together. Click here for more details.

A Guide to North East Venues and Festivals – an edocument designed to provide information about artistic policies and artist development opportunities offered by venues and festivals across the North East. It is updated twice a year and the latest version can be downloaded here.

Residencies – during 2014/15 the Network supported 14 residencies in 14 different venues for artists and companies at the earliest stages of developing their work, providing an opportunity to work up an idea, with the support of a venue, to the point where is it was ‘commission ready’, i.e in a position to seek funding or other support to realise the work. Selected companies received up to £2,000 in cash as well as a week of free space, advice and other support.

North East Reviews - set up to increase the amount of critical writing around new performance work in the region. Following an open call, ten reviewers were chosen for the scheme, who review new work across the region. Any North East artist or companies presenting new work in the region can apply for their work to be reviewed. All reviews appear here.

The Network is currently fundraising to enable it to build on activity to date and continue to develop the infrastructure to support artists across the region.

For more details, please contact