‘New Conversations’ unveils exciting first round investments in UK-Canada creative partnerships

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British Council, Farnham Maltings, and the High Commission of Canada in the UK are delighted to announce £62,300 of investment in nine new creative partnerships between UK and Canadian performing arts companies. This is the inaugural investment from the New Conversations programme, funded and delivered by the three partners.

Initially a two-year pilot, New Conversations aims to increase cultural exchanges between the UK and Canada, allowing for more artist mobility and international opportunities, with a goal of initiating long term partnerships that benefit both the UK and Canadian arts sectors.

Gavin Stride, Director of the Maltings, said: “We received more than 100 applications for this unique program and narrowing them down was a true challenge. Those selected demonstrate clear objectives and a curiosity to explore new ideas and ways of working. The hope is that this initial support will lead to long term partnerships. Our involvement in this programme is made possible through support and investment of Arts Council of England”


Bucket Club (UK) and Ghost River (Canada)

Is theatre dead? A provocation will explore, reframe and rediscover what theatre is – and what it can be – through week-long residencies in the company’s home towns of Calgary and Brighton.

Wild Works (UK) and The Only Animal (Canada)

Conversations will see each company participate creatively in the others’ R&D process in order to explore the potential for a new, outdoor, site specific co-production.

Flintlock Theatre (UK) and Gwaai Edenshaw (Canada)

Sovereign Nation will explore the potency of “empire” and how we relate to our shared past, and will lay the groundwork for a new international touring production.

The Marlborough Theatre (UK) and Buddies in Bad Times (Canada)

A Queer Conversation aims to produce an empowering exchange between the two organisations that paves the way for the LGBTQ+ artists to be able to tour more easily between Canada and the UK.

Forest Fringe (UK) and The Chop (Canada)

Playing Fields will explore land, ownership, ecology and the complex, inextricable histories of the two countries using the game of soccer and will investigate the possibility of a new collaborative performance.

Rachel Warr (UK) and Théâtre de la Pire Espèce (Canada)

Working Models will combine creative exchange, skills sharing, and network building, with the aim of opening new doors and increasing the visibility of visual theatre in both countries.

Poetic Unity (UK) and R.I.S.E Edutainment (Canada)

Through performance opportunities, leadership knowledge-sharing and work with local artists, Poetic RISE aims to build a sustainable international network for spoken word artists.

Action Hero (UK) and Mia & Eric (Canada)

Development of Collaboration is a residency that will initiate an experimental process designed to incubate a new, shared way of working and a long-term collaborative relationship.

Lyth Arts Centre (UK) and Pat the Dog Theatre Creation (Canada)

Women’s Room: North aims to create a template for supporting the development of female artists based in rural locations through exchange visits, new commissions and discussions.


The second round of New Conversations will be announced in March 2019.


Full Press Release in English / en Français.

Surrey Community Touring Callout 2019 – 2020

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Community Touring in Surrey Autumn 2019 – Spring 2020

Applications are open for new work to tour across Surrey in Autumn 2019 – Spring 2020.

Farnham Maltings together with Arts Partnership Surrey are looking to develop new opportunities for contemporary theatre performances to tour into local communities across Surrey.

Arts Partnership Surrey and Farnham Maltings are passionate about strengthening the relationship between artists and audiences in Surrey by working with local communities to provide affordable, playful and exciting performances that can be enjoyed in familiar places.

The Project
Together we are looking for artists and companies with an interest and track record of making theatre for community spaces and places who would like to be present during the period from Sep 2019 – May 2020.

We are inviting applications from UK based companies for work that is suitable to tour to venues in Surrey which might include: leisure centres, village halls, community centres, churches, shopping centres etc.

In this first year we are looking to tour 2 pieces of work and hope that one of these will be a piece of work suitable for younger children and families programmed presented during daytime hours and the second piece for evening programming.

Technical Challenges
Work will be presented in a variety of community settings which may be ‘blank canvas’ with little or no technical support so you will need to be fully self-sufficient.  Please bear this in mind when considering if the show is suitable for community touring eg full black out will not be possible during the day, no wing spaces or pre-rigged lighting.  We can guarantee chairs will be provided by the venue.

Our touring fees are fully inclusive of all accommodation and travel and we expect to pay within the range of £400 – £800 per performance date.

We will be responsible for booking places and dates for your show and helping to build an audience but you will be responsible for finalising specific details with venues and promoters.  Promoters are volunteers so you will need to be flexible, understanding and informative.

Your show needs to be available for a minimum of 6 performance dates during the period: Sept 2019 – May 2020. Shortlisted companies will be asked to provide a selection of dates which could be all in one month or broader, the more flexible you can be the more bookings can result. Final tour dates will be confirmed back to the artists and companies after successful selection and consultation with the venues and promoters

Application Process

Please email your expression of interest on one page describing what the work is, who you are and why we should work with you to janice.brittain@farnhammaltings.com by 9am 07/02/19. Please include details of your website, video clips, production shots and examples of marketing and any audience feedback.

Those artists shortlisted from this initial application process will be informed by email by 13/02/19 and invited to submit a more detailed proposal.  We will acknowledge receipt of all applications however we regret we are unable to provide feedback to non-shortlisted applicants.