New Conversations

New Conversations

Funded and delivered by the British Council, Farnham Maltings, and the High Commission of Canada in the UK, New Conversations is designed to encourage and support the development of creative and collaborative partnerships between artists and arts organizations in the performing arts sector in the UK and Canada.

Initially a two-year pilot, the program aims to provide opportunities to initiate challenging and inquisitive conversations, exchange ideas and practices and develop ambitious, creative research and development projects that can offer the first steps for collaborations and productions between Canada and the UK.

The aims of New Conversations are:

  • To fund collaborative and sustainable creative projects that can deliver long-term benefits for the performing arts sectors in both countries
  • To increase cultural exchange opportunities between UK and Canada, allowing for more artist mobility and international opportunities
  • To share best practices and networks through exchange, to increase skills, develop ideas and new artistic vocabulary between professional artists and organizations
  • To support visibility and representation of voices and a diversity of dialogues in the performing arts sector
  • To support research, development and creation, and seed support for future collaborations and productions


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

Full Press Release January 2019: in English/ en Français

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.

The nine new collaborations and project titles are as follows:


Bucket Club (UK) and Ghost River (Canada)

Is theatre dead? A provocation

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


Flintlock Theatre (UK) and Gwaai Edenshaw (Canada)

Sovereign Nation 

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

Forest Fringe (UK) and The Chop (Canada)

Playing Fields

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

Working Models 

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

Poetic RISE

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

Development of Collaboration i

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

Women’s Room: North

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