Sustained Theatre Northwest would like to congratulate 3 new national portfolio companies in the North. In Liverpool- 20 Stories High, in Sheffield - Eclipse Theatre and in Newcastle - Zendeh. I would also like to express our disappointed that some of our associate companies in the northwest region didn’t get the NPO status, but as Benji Reid says,
“Creativity is not dependent on funding, it’s dependent on the depth of your soul – in art we trust.”
I am a firm believer that when one door closes another one is opening. After attending an event by PANDA last week it became apparent that it is not all doom and gloom. New conversations are taking place which may never have happened without the cuts. There are more opportunities now to collaborate, for development of new models of engagement within the Sector infrastructure and with artists. We can make progress with joint activities, new inter-regional partnerships and with learning and sharing of resources. This is our opportunity to develop significant links and start consolidating some fragmented aspects of the Sector and services.
Our first priority at the moment is to focus on promoting and delivering the exciting program of work that we have planned for 2011, creating a Producer Development Program, creating a touring network for the ‘Northern’ region, advocating showcase opportunities and pursuing the Spaces project.
We’d like to thank all of our peers and colleagues, supporters, audiences, artists, producers and funders for your continued support in helping us to develop and grow. We would also like to thank the Arts Council England for the support that they have shown to Sustained Theatre over the last five years. We are particularly glad that ACE recognises that we make a strong contribution to promoting talent in the Sector, that we have good ideas and that our network is strong. The debates and conversations we have been having have even made it into the national news... read more on the Guardian website
Watch this space!
PANDA and Sustained Theatre are forming new collaborations beginning on 26th May at Contact Theatre. If you would like to attend, perform or keep your ear to the ground regarding new partnership working with PANDA please contact Maya Chowdhry Artists wanting to showcase excerpts of their work please email your expressions of interest to adminNW@sustainedtheatre.org by 6th May.
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Posted by Maya Chowdhry, Friday 15th April, 2011