Aylesbury Library Commission


Soap and Porridge: Tom Cross

We are delighted to announce that artist Tom Cross has been appointed for the Aylesbury Library commission.

Working in collaboration with writer Aoife Mannix, Tom will create an intergenerational piece of work using the starting point: ‘What are your first and what might be your most lasting memories?’

Tom will invite library users, staff and community groups in and around Aylesbury to participate in a series of workshops, performances and an installation in Aylesbury Library. Over the next few months the library will become a creative hub, with a small makers space created and run by the artist. The final installation will comprise the artist’s stories alongside those of participants, told in a mixture of animation, print, text and spoken word, and will be displayed in the library in March 2020.

“I am excited about working in collaboration with Aoife Mannix in Aylsebury library on Soap and Porridge, building on the library’s central place in the community and making the library an even more vibrant place to be part of.  I am looking forward to talking to communities in this cross-generational project, drawing on my own family history in the area, and sharing each other’s stories.” Tom Cross, artist

“We’re thrilled to be working with Tom, Aoife and the Aylesbury Library team to be creating extraordinary and unexpected experiences for everyone.” Katy Snelling, Farnham Maltings

All are invited to come and meet the artists when the project officially launches to the public at Aylesbury Library on Monday 7 October 11am – 2pm, as part of Libraries Week 2019.

About the Artists

Tom Cross is a visual artist who uses animation and drawing to tell his and other people’s stories. He graduated from Wolverhampton Polytechnic with BA (hons) in fine art and a Postgraduate Diploma in animation from St Martin’s School of Art. Tom’s previous commissions include animations by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bodleian library, and an installation for the foyer of Birmingham Repertory Theatre. Currently Tom is working as a Creative Catalyst for Create Gloucestershire, helping two libraries in the Cotswolds develop their cultural offer. He is based just outside Banbury where he is also running creative wellbeing projects for vulnerable people of all ages. tomxarts.wordpress.com

Aoife Mannix is a poet and writer with extensive experience of working in community settings and libraries.  She has published four collections of poetry and a novel. She has previously been poet in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live. She has a PhD in creative writing from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has been writer in residence for Beckenham Library, Portsmouth Museum, and the Bronte Parsonage as well as Gosport Gallery’s Artists Rifles Exhibition. Aoife also lives in Oxfordshire.

This commission is part of a three-year project, funded by the Rothschild Foundation, to create the confidence, experience and networks for the communities of Buckinghamshire to present and commission live performance. The overall project is managed by Farnham Maltings who are working with Essex Cultural Diversity Project on this commission, in partnership with Buckinghamshire County Council.

‘New Conversations’ unveils second 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 £58,795 of investment in twelve new creative partnerships between UK and Canadian performing arts companies.

Initially a two-year pilot, New Conversations has invested a total of £121,000 to increase cultural exchanges between the UK and Canada, allowing for more artist mobility and international opportunities, with the goal of initiating long term partnerships that benefit both the UK and Canadian arts sectors.

Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada in the UK, said:We are proud to support this second round of investments in Canada-UK creative partnerships under the New Conversations programme. The richness and diversity of the successful proposals highlight the strength and wealth of Canada’s shared human connections with the UK, and we look forward to seeing the outcome of these innovative collaborations.”

Gavin Stride, Director of the Maltings, said: “This programme has demonstrated the huge appetite of UK companies to collaborate with their peers in Canada. We are delighted to have helped initiate and nurture cross-cultural collaboration and look forward to seeing how the selected partnerships flourish in the long term. We are grateful to Arts Council England for the investment and support that has enabled us to participate in this valuable programme.”

Mariya Afzal, Country Director, British Council in Canada, said: “Bilateral conversations form the foundations of the work we do at the British Council. The selected projects for New Conversations demonstrate the complex, nuanced and frankly fascinating work that can come to life when bridges are built and connections are nurtured.”

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The applicants selected in round two are:

VibraFusionLab (Canada) and Charles Matthews (UK)
Blurring the Boundaries: collaborative instrument design meets integrated dance
will use creative workshops in London and Montreal to establish a dialogue between maker communities and Disabled-artist-led dance and music organisations in the UK and Canada.


Broadleaf Theatre (Canada) and Blooming Ludus (UK)

Climate Futures is a cross-practice exchange focusing on the connection between object puppetry, verbatim/documentary theatre and participatory/interactive practice.


Secret Theatre (Canada) and Chapter Arts Centre (UK)

Secret Chapter will explore new ways of touring through the development of a new interdisciplinary work that is flexible, scalable and can adapt to different cultural contexts.


Toronto Storytelling Festival (Canada) and Mairi Campbell (UK)

The Taproot project will be a multi-artform workshop that enables participants to explore themes of land and the elements – Earth, Air, Fire, Water – which are found in all traditional stories around the world.


2b theatre company (Canada) and Imitating The Dog (UK)

Digital Connections is an exchange of ideas, knowledge, expertise, and practical skills that focus on the companies’ mutual fascination with using digital technologies in storytelling and contemporary live performance.


Moonhorse Dance Theatre (Canada) and Three Score Dance Company (UK)

Age on Stage Exchange will develop an advocacy document through creative research and exchange that aims to transform the way age is seen on stage.


Rumble Theatre (Canada) and Bertrand Lesca & Nasi Voutsas (UK)

Acknowledging place will use conversations and workshops to explore colonialism and its impact of the present day practice of the artists involved.


Joe Jack & John (Canada) and Candoco Dance Company (UK)

Joe CAN (and will) will bring together these two leading inclusive performance companies to share best practice, learn from each other and start working on a collectively devised piece.


Young Vic (UK) and Grand Theatre (Canada)

London (U.K) meets London (Canada) will share and develop best practice when working in participatory arts, in particular with vulnerable adults creating semi-biographical participant led community shows.


Arika (UK) and Western Front (Canada)

Land is a Relationship is a research project exploring Scotland’s role in the colonisation of the Americas that seeks to redefine the dominant perspective and narrative around the subject.


Doorstep Arts (UK) and Antyx Community Arts (Canada)

Imagined Futures is a digital exchange led by young people in both countries that will test a framework through which young artists can share work with peers internationally.


Maribé – Sors De Ce Corps (Canada) and Agile Arts (UK)

Cultural exchange is a two week studio based artistic research and dialogue between the companies core artists about common artistic practice and interests, the questioning of our differences, and verbal and physical investigation into potential collaboration.

Call for Proposals: Aylesbury Commission

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Farnham Maltings, in collaboration with Essex Cultural Diversity Project, is currently calling for proposals for our next place-based artist commission, which will focus on Aylesbury, as part of a three-year project in Buckinghamshire.

Budget: £10,000
Deadline: Wednesday 31 July
Interviews: September

Download the full brief here: Aylesbury Commission – ECDP Brief 2019


This commission is part of a three-year project, funded by the Rothschild Foundation, to create the confidence, experience and networks for the communities of Buckinghamshire to present and commission live performance. The overall project is managed by Farnham Maltings who are working with Essex Cultural Diversity Project (ECDP) on this commission.

Farnham Maltings was established as an arts centre in 1969. Over the past 15 years the organisation has repositioned itself as a regional development organisation working across South East England. As a NPO, Farnham Maltings runs a programme of work designed to increase the range, quality and audience for theatre across the south east region, has established a network of 200 venues who jointly programme and support a south east regional ecology, creates work for village halls, produces a cohort of the regions’ most promising talent and leads a national programme to internationalise the independent theatre sector in partnership with the British Council and UKTI.

Buckinghamshire Library Service is run by Buckinghamshire County Council and has an extensive reach with 30 libraries across the county providing an important service for many local communities, particularly those in rural areas. Buckinghamshire County Council has recently brought together its libraries and cultural services, is re-imagining the library offer and, by supporting the delivery of the new Bucks Cultural Strategy, it recognises the potential to build on their role as accessible community hubs.

The Commission

For the first commission we are looking for an artist(s) or company to work with and within Aylesbury Library. The Libraries and Culture service is keen to explore new and different ways for people to experience libraries. Aylesbury Library reopened in January 2019 after an extensive refurbishment. Sitting in the town centre it is used by a large number of Buckinghamshire residents and includes a children’s library, study centre and meeting rooms/flexible spaces.   

We are inviting inspiring creative project proposals from artists and companies that respond to the following aims:

  • To improve equality of access to cultural activities and opportunities in Buckinghamshire via libraries
  • To provide opportunities for creative practitioners from diverse backgrounds
  • To engage and involve local communities, removing barriers to participation in the arts

The project should be bold, distinctive, relevant and excellent. It should also include an element of performance and create a legacy artwork for Aylesbury library and its users.

We are also keen that this opportunity is used by the appointed artist/company to learn and stretch their practice, and this learning is shared.

Although preferred, it is not necessary for the appointed artist to live or work in Buckinghamshire, but we would expect them to spend a significant amount of time in Aylesbury and the surrounding area across the duration of the project, and they should have good knowledge of the area.

Application process

The successful commission will be selected by a panel of representatives from ECDP, Farnham Maltings and Buckinghamshire Library Service. A shortlist will be made from the received applications based on how well they meet the above aims and these will be invited to interview to talk further about their proposal before a final decision is made. The commission will be managed by ECDP and the commissioned artist/company will receive ongoing support, advocacy and advice from ECDP and Farnham Maltings throughout.

As work will take place in the library and other public spaces, safeguarding children and vulnerable people is paramount; a full risk assessment will be required for this work and valid DBS accreditation in place if required.

Timescales for Delivery

It is expected that work on the commission will begin in autumn 2019. All work must be finished and invoiced for prior to the end of March 2020. A final timetable for delivery, including milestones to monitor progress against the stated aims, will be established with the successful applicant and payments will be made against this timetable.


The commission budget is £10,000 and will be treated as a grant. This is inclusive of all expenses and must therefore cover fees, travel, materials and marketing. Some promotion and advertising will be undertaken by the partners, at their cost, and this will discussed in due course. Payments will be made in instalments, on receipt of invoice, and subject to progress against achieving agreed activity as outlined above. If this is a joint commission one artist/company will need to be the project lead and all payments will be made to them.

The £10,000 can be used as match-funding for a larger project but this should not affect the ability to deliver the project nor the timelines for delivery set out above. If this is the preferred approach then please make this clear in your response and explain how the larger project still meets this brief.

Responding to this Commission

To apply for this commission please email jo@essexcdp.comand including the following:

  • An outline of the artistic concept for the commission, including the proposed community engagement process, intended audience and legacy (no more than 1 side of A4).
  • A brief description on why you are interested in this commission at this time, how your project promotes diversity and any relevant connections with Buckinghamshire (no more than 1 side of A4).
  • A biography/company description with relevant previous work (no more than 2 sides of A4). Please include links to relevant websites and social media/media.
  • An outline budget breakdown showing how you would utilise the £10,000 and an approximate timeline for the work.
  • The signed declaration and monitoring form included below

Please ensure that proposals are received by 23.59 on 31 July 2019. Interviews will be on held in Aylesbury in September and will include an opportunity for a 15-minute presentation on your proposal.

Unlimited and Farnham Maltings present: the Farnham Maltings Partnership Award.

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In a collaboration with Unlimited, Farnham Maltings are co-commissioning a new piece of theatre from multi-award winning writer, performer and broadcaster Byron Vincent. As one of the main partnership commissions in the new programme of disability-led performance by Unlimited, Farnham Maltings is delighted to be working with Byron to develop an idea through to production and presentation across rural communities in Surrey.

In this funny and entertaining performance, Instagramming The Apocalypse, Byron will turn his sharp wit and curious mind to the modern malaise.

Who do you trust when the news is fake, your partner is cheating on you and global politics is an exploding clown car? Byron Vincent is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, but with dying icons, impending climate catastrophe and that bloke from Home Alone Two in charge of world’s largest nuclear arsenal, isn’t blind panic the only sane response?

It’s a glib, postmodern world in which cynicism is cool, modern life is rubbish and sincerity is for suckers; but as concepts like truth, peace and hope become risible anachronisms, maybe it’s time to re-evaluate our perspective. In a post-satire age, what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?

The aim of the Farnham Maltings Partnership Award is to re-examine the notion of rural touring by exploring the potential of village halls and communities. It is one of the Unlimited Awards for 2019, which support the development of ambitious new artistic work by 26 disabled artists and companies. To find out more about the other commissions, click here.

Farnham Maltings forge new creative partnership with Lost Dog Dance Company

London, UK. 12.02.2017. Lost Dog presents "Juliet and Romeo: A Guide to Long Life and Happy Marriage", at Battersea Arts Centre. Conceived and directed by Ben Duke. Devised and performed by Ben Duke and Solene Weinachter. Artistic Collaborator: Raquel Meseguer. Lighting design by Jackie Shemesh, costume design by James Perkins. Juliet and Romeo - A Guide to Long Life & Happy Marriage is co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre, The Place, and Warwick Arts Centre. The work is funded by Arts Council England via Grants for the Arts. Production time supported by Lancaster Arts. Ben Duke is a Work Place artist. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Photograph © Jane Hobson.

The Olivier-nominated, multi-award winning contemporary dance/theatre company LOST DOG, and FARNHAM MALTINGS, the hugely popular theatre and arts centre in Farnham, Surrey, have announced that they will be working together in a new partnership from March 2019.  This very exciting support model has been designed to ensure Lost Dog has the ability and support to flourish in the best way possible while contributing to Farnham Maltings’ ambitions to increase the range, quality and audience for contemporary performance across the south east.  Farnham Maltings will employ a part time administrator for Lost Dog, based at Lost Dog’s studio in Laughton, Sussex, for the next three years.


Gavin Stride, Director of the Maltings said: “In talking to Lost Dog it became obvious that, in addition to the advice and access to resources we offer, what the company most needed was practical, organisational support.  By agreeing to second a member of our team to work as part of Lost Dog felt completely right.  The administrator will be based at Lost Dog’s studios in Laughton, Sussex and will support the company’s core activities thereby freeing up Ben and the producing team to focus on making and touring shows.  We’re very excited about the new partnership with Lost Dog – we love the company and we believe we can make a difference.”

This new ‘Supported by’ model builds on the work Farnham Maltings already does in producing Little Bulb Theatre, performance artist Victoria Melody, and theatre company Bucket Club along with a number of associate relationships.


Ben Duke, Artistic Director of Lost Dog said: “I am delighted to be beginning this new relationship with Farnham Maltings.  From our first meeting with Gavin it was clear that he was interested in understanding our needs as a company and finding a way that the Maltings could help us.  It was so refreshing to feel that we were not being asked to fit into a pre-existing model but were instead part of an open and inspiring dialogue.

As a small scale company we value our creative independence but are dependent on the support of larger organisations.  The support that Farnham Maltings are offering us is exactly what we need at this stage of our company development.  It’ll enable us to really look at the development of our own work and our work for other companies and, most crucially, it will enable us to reach more people through touring and participation.

Work that Gavin and the Maltings have done so far in supporting independent companies shows that this is a building that lives a model of interdependence and mutual support and in this time of uncertainty and division I am grateful for and excited about this new partnership.”



LOST DOG was formed in 2004 by Ben Duke and Raquel Meseguer to create work using text, movement and music in which dance is framed by stories and characters.  Since then the company has won a number of awards including the Bonnie Bird UK New Choreographers Award (2005) for The Drowner; the Bloomberg Place Prize Award 2011 for It Needs Horses; Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Male Performance 2016 and the Rural Touring Award 2017 for Paradise Lost which was also nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award.

Other work includes Home For Broken Turns (2012), Like Rabbits, made in collaboration with the British playwright Lucy Kirkwood (2014).  Ben has directed and choreographed works for Rambert, Scottish Dance Theatre, Dance Umbrella, Phoenix Dance Theatre and more.  He has performed with Probe, Hofesh Shechter Company, The Gate Theatre, National Theatre of Scotland, Glyndebourne Opera and Punchdrunk.


Farnham Maltings

Farnham Maltings is an independent arts organisation based in South West Surrey that works locally to contribute to the shape and character of the town and regionally to make, produce and support contemporary popular theatre. We lead house as a regional programming  network of 190 venues and caravan, an international showcase of English performance.


Download full press release here


New Popular – call out for proposals

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Awards of £3000-£8000 to seed a new piece of theatre

New Popular is a five year initiative supported by Esmee Fairbairn Foundation designed to test and create new theatre projects with the ambition of reaching broader audiences in new places with new experiences.

We are looking to invest in the production of new work which connects with those who may not regularly engage with theatre in the South East, work that is enticing and relevant; work that plays with new forms, that addresses the priorities and ambitions of a wider audience.

This might encompass site-specific work, theatre that doesn’t look like theatre, work in village fetes, care homes, high streets, seafronts and work that rediscovers an appetite for contemporary, popular entertainment.

We are looking to make a small number of investments of £3000-£8000 that test new approaches and seed ideas for new pieces of theatre that seeks to achieve these ambitions. We hope to support some of these projects further to full production.


Our investment will be made to partnerships, forged by shared ambitions to reach new theatre audiences. We expect lead applicants may be theatre makers and venues but we particularly welcome partnerships with non-arts partners ranging from local authorities, housing associations to community groups such as allotment societies, walking groups, residents associations, playgroups and hairdressers.

We’re looking for the most promising, bold, mischievous yet considered ideas that have the potential to result in compelling theatre while furthering the ambitions and expectations of all partners. We are hoping to support a range of different approaches working with theatre makers from local emerging companies to experienced, international artists.

Making a proposal

Visit http://theatre.farnhammaltings.com/portfolio/new-popular/ to download the proposal form. All proposals should be accompanied with an outline  budget and submitted by email to: katy.potter@farnhammaltings.com
Closing date for submissions is 9am Monday 25 March 2019

Proposals will be selected by a small curatorial panel and decisions will be based on:

  • the artistic idea
  • the approach to engaging new audiences, both its practicality and authenticity
  • the depth of the partnership and how far the project supports mutual ambitions

Successful proposals will be posted on the Farnham Maltings website.

Get in touch

If you would like to talk though your idea with us at any stage, we would welcome that conversation; contact Katy Potter, Producer on 07798 812548 Mon-Thurs or katy.potter@farnhammaltings.co.uk

‘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.

no strings attached

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no strings attached is a grant scheme to help young people make their first piece of theatre. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available to young people from across the south-east region. The grant is for anyone aged between 18 and 25 who hasn’t previously received a grant from Arts Council England.

In October we ran a pitching day for fourteen artists/companies to come and share their ideas with us and as ever it was a real privilege to hear from such ambitious, committed and passionate young makers!

We are now pleased to announce the successful artists/companies to be awarded a grant for 2018-19.  They are as follows:

Sophie Hatton

Sophie applied to no strings attached on behalf of Ditto, a family theatre company specialising in puppetry, movement and storytelling. The pitch was for a new family show that the panel feel could be exciting, inspiring and educational to young audiences.

Chantelle Walker

Chantelle is a performance artist and maker who pitched to no strings attached to help develop her new piece of work about breaking down stereotypes through spoken word and movement.

Rhodri Mayer

Rhodri pitched his idea of a new piece of work that would explore his world as a young autistic person. The piece would look to create a atmosphere in which the audience could understand the world from his perspective and how it feels to have ASD.

Amy Tribe

Amy applied to no strings attached on behalf of Buried Thunder Theatre Company a physical theatre company who tell stories through movement. The company pitched the idea of a tour of  their new show which will look at telling stories of British Folklore in a new contemporary way.

Grace Scott

Grace applied to no strings attached on behalf of The Ordinary People. Grace and Max pitched the idea for a rural touring puppetry piece that will look at the seclusion and loneliness of an elderly woman.

Ema Boswood

Ema pitched the idea of a one woman show exploring ghosting, a comedy using paranormal techniques and dealing with rejection.


All successful candidates are also matched with a mentor in which they will have two sessions on their chosen area.

Each will be working on developing their individual ideas over the next year and we wish them all every success.

For more information about the scheme and about the next round of applications please click here


Farnham Maltings and Unlimited Partnership Commission


Farnham Maltings is proud to announce a joint commission with Unlimited for a project that gives innovative and exciting responses to the context of rural touring and village halls, and that place audiences at the heart of their artistic process.

We can provide expert advice and resources to those who are invited to submit a full application to the Farnham Maltings and Unlimited partnership award.  It is expected that the commissioned piece will tour to at least 3 rural communities during the project and be available to tour or shown by Spring 2020.

Projects wishing to be considered for this award will also need to meet the following criteria:

  • to be in the form of an event and/or performance
  • disability-led
  • to be innovative, ambitious and quality driven
  • have audience response and engagement at the heart of their creative process
  • strong track record of creating work and reaching audiences
  • strong artist/producer relationship evidenced
  • strong collaborations and partnerships (these can include those with non-disabled led companies/artists/producers)
  • technically suitable for touring into village halls and rural contexts
  • lead artist or company is resident in England or Wales
  • are applying for up to £25,000

Gavin Stride, Director of Farnham Maltings says “For us, there are extraordinary opportunities in making work for village halls and we want to encourage everybody to explore what happens when you make work with geographic communities rather than necessarily arts goers. There is something democratic in spaces in which everyone enters and leaves through the same door.

We want to make sure that the widest set of artists are offered the opportunity to play in this context. To discover what is special and ordinary in a space in which most people are turning up, not for the theatre but because something is happening in their community.”

Artists are invited to apply in the first instance with expressions of interest by 12pm 29th October 2018.

For more information and details of how to apply click here.