The Albany

ARC and the Albany – an arts centre in Deptford, London – have worked closely together for a number of years: leading the national Future Arts Centres network with over 100 venue members across the UK, jointly leading the A Theatre Trip for Every Child initiative developing a new model of philanthropy for arts venues, co-commissioning six new Christmas productions for families, premiering at each venue, co-commissioning innovative new productions such as THE HOME in 2019, and sharing expertise and projects such as Artists of Change and Pizza and Pitches.

Visit the Albany’s website. 

Curious Arts

Curious Arts is a strategic organisation working across the North East to develop projects and events which explore and celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer culture through the arts. They champion and develop the LGBTQ cultural offer of the region, increasing opportunities for the LGBTQ community as artists, audiences and participants.

ARC has worked with Curious as a partner since 2016, hosting events as part of their annual flagship festival in July, as well as supporting year-round development, training and diverse-led projects.

Visit Curious Arts’ website.

Family Arts Campaign

The Family Arts Campaign is a national organisation established to raise family engagement with arts and culture. It aims to increase the amount and range of artistic work available to families, increase the quality of experience for families and improve marketing to reach more families.

ARC is fully signed up to the Family Arts Standards and also to their Age Friendly Standards which set guidelines for ensuring venues offer a welcoming and positive experience for everyone, regardless of their age.

Visit the Family Arts Campaign’s website.

Little Cog

Little Cog is a dynamic arts organisation under the direction of Vici Wreford-Sinnott. It specialises in the production of professional Disability Art in artforms including theatre, digital film and photography, visual art, temporary installations and living performance interventions. As well as creating artwork, it also delivers training and development programmes.

From 2016 – 2018, Little Cog delivered Cultural Shift in partnership with ARC, and as a disabled-led organisation, remain a key strategic partner.

Visit Little Cog’s website.

Film Hub North

In 2020 Film Hub North provided funding for ARC to deliver a programme of activity aimed at reaching new audiences, and programming more work by Asian artists in ARC’s cinema.

Visit Film Hub North’s website.

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.

Venues North is not a closed network or an exclusive group of venues. It is open to any venue in the North that shares our commitment to supporting artists making new work.

The group was brought together and is chaired by ARC’s Chief Executive & Artistic Director, Annabel Turpin, and meets four times a year.

Publications include:

  • Routes In: A Guide to Getting New Work Programmed in the North of England – Download the Routes In guide
  • Annual Edinburgh festival guides for work made in the North

Find our past Edinburgh festival guides on our resources page.

Current members include:

  • ARC Stockton
  • Bolton Octagon
  • Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
  • Carriageworks, Leeds
  • Cast, Doncaster
  • Centre for Live Art Yorkshire, Leeds
  • Contact, Manchester
  • Creative Scene, Kirklees
  • Gala Theatre, Durham
  • Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle
  • Harrogate Theatre
  • HOME, Manchester
  • Hull Truck Theatre
  • Interplay, Leeds
  • Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
  • Leeds Playhouse
  • Live Theatre, Newcastle
  • Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
  • Local Theatre, Sheffield
  • Northern Stage, Newcastle
  • Oldham Coliseum, Oldham
  • Oldham Library Studio, Oldham
  • Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
  • Sheffield Theatres
  • Slung Low, Leeds
  • Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
  • Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
  • Sunderland Culture Company
  • The Civic, Barnsley
  • The Dukes, Lancaster
  • The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Chorlton
  • The Lowry, Salford
  • The Octagon, University of Sheffield
  • Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
  • Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield
  • Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
  • Unity Theatre, Liverpool
  • University of Salford
  • Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax
  • Waterside Arts, Sale
  • York Theatre Royal
  • Z-arts, Manchester

If you are a venue interested in joining, please email Annabel Turpin.

North East Exchange

ARC currently manages activity on behalf of the North East Exchange (formerly known as the North East Artist Development Network). The network was formed in 2012 with a vision to make the North East the best place in the UK for artists to develop work. We want to create a strong and effective infrastructure that not only retains talent in the region, but also attracts talent to the region.

The network is led by a small group of organisations committed to support artists to develop their work:

  • Alnwick Playhouse
  • ARC (Chair)
  • Dance City
  • GIFT
  • Live Theatre
  • Northern Stage
  • Sunderland Culture

The network has previously received support from Arts Council England for two phases of funded activity focussed on supporting artists and venues to work together. It continues to exist on the energy, passion and resources of those involved.

It is open to any North East based venue, festival, artist or company. North East Exchange takes place twice a year. The events (previously known as Meet the Programmers and NEAD meetings) bring together venue and festival staff, artists and companies to share knowledge and seed relationships.

North East Exchange events are listed on our opportunities page.

Or email [email protected]

Current members include:

  • ARC Stockton
  • Bolton Octagon
  • Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
  • Carriageworks, Leeds
  • Cast, Doncaster
  • Centre for Live Art Yorkshire, Leeds
  • Contact, Manchester
  • Creative Scene, Kirklees
  • Gala Theatre, Durham
  • Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle
  • Harrogate Theatre
  • HOME, Manchester
  • Hull Truck Theatre
  • Interplay, Leeds
  • Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
  • Leeds Playhouse
  • Live Theatre, Newcastle
  • Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse
  • Local Theatre, Sheffield
  • Northern Stage, Newcastle
  • Oldham Coliseum, Oldham
  • Oldham Library Studio, Oldham
  • Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
  • Sheffield Theatres
  • Slung Low, Leeds
  • Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
  • Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough
  • Sunderland Culture Company
  • The Civic, Barnsley
  • The Dukes, Lancaster
  • The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre, Chorlton
  • The Lowry, Salford
  • The Octagon, University of Sheffield
  • Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
  • Theatre Delicatessen, Sheffield
  • Theatre in the Mill, Bradford
  • Unity Theatre, Liverpool
  • University of Salford
  • Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, Halifax
  • Waterside Arts, Sale
  • York Theatre Royal
  • Z-arts, Manchester

If you are a venue interested in joining, please email Annabel Turpin.