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What is Slate?

Slate is a new international programme from Sheffield-based Eclipse Theatre that will support thousands of independent Black artists in northern England by increasing access to local, national and international networks.

Slate uses the broadest socio-political definition of the term 'Black', and provides opportunities for anyone that self-identifies as having African, Asian, Caribbean or other minority ethnic heritage. 

We will offer workshops, residencies, skills development training, retreats, production support and commission new work.


How Slate will be delivered

The programme is delivered by six Enablers working across northern England; Degna Stone will be working to support artists in County Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. She is based at ARC, Stockton and Live Theatre, Newcastle.

Slate is a multi-arts programme and we want to hear from all Black artists working across any area of the arts. Whether you describe yourself as a choreographer, director, live artist, performer, producer, technician, visual artist, writer or any other role connected to the arts, get in touch! 


Find out more

You can find out more information about Slate in this article and by visiting Eclipse Theatre's website.

Slate is funded by an Arts Council England Sustained Theatre Award and is supported by a consortium of 11 national partners: ARC Stockton, Hull Truck, Oxford Playhouse, British Council, Bradford City Council, York Theatre Royal, Pilot Theatre, Live Theatre, Unity Theatre, HOME MCR and Forced Entertainment.


About Eclipse

Eclipse is the foremost Black-led national production company in the UK, at the vanguard of delivering diverse programming in theatres across the country. They use the Black British experience to create new work that will enrich the stories told in our mainstream media across theatre, film and radio.

Their mission is ‘to influence and instigate change that leads to a more diverse and equitable theatrical landscape'.


If you think Slate can help you, contact our regional Enabler at [email protected]