Rural Touring 101

Rural Touring 101
Wednesday 21st February 2024
9.30am - 4.30pm
@ 101 Outdoor Arts
Free (travel bursaries available)

A one-day workshop for artists who want to make small-scale shows with big impact for rural touring

Watch the Rural Touring 101 Video

Presented with Applause Touring this practical and informative professional development event aims to give artists insight into how rural touring works in the UK and how to apply for outdoor arts rural touring commissioning opportunities coming up this year.

Take part in a carousel of activities facilitated by a range of artists and producers who have been successfully touring small-scale shows in rural settings for many years to give you the low down on how to get gigs on the rural touring circuits, pricing models and producing tips, the practical do’s and don’ts and what to expect when on the road.

In the afternoon there will also be an opportunity to share ideas around the challenges and opportunities for co-creating work with residents and audiences in rural touring locations and what this might look like during the research and devising process and also during performance and touring.

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is aimed at artists and producers who:

  • Want to learn more about small-scale rural touring within outdoor arts and work for public space contexts.
  • Already have a show or project that they want to adapt for rural touring.
  • Do not currently have a project but are interested in creating work specifically for this type of touring.
  • Want to apply for commissioning opportunities in 2024.
  • Are exploring ways of engaging audiences in co-creation and participation.

Image credit: Casson & Friends, The Allotment Project.

How do I book?

To book your place on Rural Touring 101 please send an email to with:

- Your name
- Your organisation (if applicable)
- A brief outline of your practice
- Why you would like to attend Rural Touring 101

The workshop is free for artists and producers to attend as part of Applause Touring's commitment to developing artists and 101 Outdoor Arts Lab programme funded by Arts Council England.

We have a limited number of travel bursaries available for artists where travel costs may otherwise prohibit them from attending. If you would like to apply for a travel bursary please add a statement to your email with an indication of where you are travelling from and the costs of travel.

Please also email us or get in touch if you have any questions.

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