ACE awards £2.3m to touring projects

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Arts Council England has awarded £2,378,002 to 15 arts bodies in the latest round of its Strategic Touring Programme. The projects will work with Black and minority ethnic artists and audiences, refugees, disabled people, and low socio-economic areas.

Projects include:

Ikon, Midlands: Ikon Gallery is taking their canal boat on tour around the canals of Ladywood in Birmingham to offer local people new opportunities to enjoy contemporary art, including exhibitions and workshops, music events and film screenings. The Arts Council's £120,000 investment will support the tour.  

Graeae, London: Disabled-led theatre company Graeae will receive £220,000 to tour Reasons to be Cheerful, a musical based on the work of Ian Dury, to seven regions across England, serving communities where there is a need for diverse, high quality shows in mid-scale venues.

UP Projects, London: UP Projects has been awarded £153,919 for On the Bench, an artist-led commission by Harry Meadley for The Floating Cinema to bring contemporary visual art to dispersed communities along the waterways of East Yorkshire.

Fleetwood Festival of Transport, North: This investment will support a pilot programme connecting three transport festivals in Fleetwood, Crewe and Sandbach.

Alchemy Anew, North: Led by Leeds-based Alchemy Anew, the Arts Council’s investment will support a network of organisations to work together to connect established arts and cultural venues with inner-city Gurdwaras (Sikh centres of worship). The project will involve touring a production which explores the distinctive genre of Sikh music and the First World War.


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