Author Archives: Becky Smith

  1. Villages in Action – Locomotor – March 2018

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    In our last but one News item, we talked about the future of Villages in Action.  As detailed in that article, Carn to Cove in Cornwall has won a substantial award from Arts Council England’s (ACE) Strategic Touring Fund to develop its work in communities throughout the South West – the project is called Locomotor.

    For more details about Villages in Action and the Locomotor project, please click on this link which will take you to a presentation put together by Tim Smithies, Project Director at Carn to Cove.

    Villages in Action – Locomotor March 2018

  2. Come and join the Carn to Cove (ViA) team!

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    Follow the link below to find out more about two fabulous job opportunities within the wonderful world of South West Rural Touring…

    Carn to Cove is a project of the Cornish charity Creative Kernow based at Krowji in Redruth and active in 85 villages and towns around Cornwall. It presents professional rural touring performing arts and film events through its network of community volunteers.

    Carn to Cove are looking for 2 part time Project Co-ordinators to join their small team and help deliver the Locomotor project which involves sustaining Villages in Action’s rural touring network in Devon and developing new models for touring in both schemes.

    For further details about these opportunities, and to download the job descriptions and application forms, please go to Come and join the Carn to Cove team!

  3. Dance, drama and music, coming to a Devon village near you

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    As you will have seen from updates on this page and our social media, there’s been a lot of activity behind and indeed in front of the scenes over the last few months – and the wonderful outcome is that Villages in Action’s Rural Touring Scheme is not only most definitely up and running, but the future is also looking very, very positive!  In order to better explain exactly where we are with everything, here’s the text of our latest press release.

    “The future is looking bright for the arts in Devon villages, after a rural touring scheme in Cornwall stepped in to help and secured major funding from Arts Council England.

    Early last year, the Devon charity Villages in Action (ViA) called a halt to its work with volunteer promoters of bringing world-class music, theatre and dance to rural areas, after losing the majority of its funding. The only guarantee of funding for 2017/18 was from three local authorities (East Devon, Teignbridge and West Devon). Forty eight communities regularly organised events through ViA and, while some decided to ‘go it alone’, others felt unable to do so without the support of ViA, which contracted the performers, agreed their fees, supplied publicity material and helped publicise performances.

    However, Carn to Cove, which runs a similar scheme in Cornwall, offered to administer and co-ordinate the spring 2018 tours by performers in Devon, in order to retain the network of volunteer promoters and arts activity in the South West; as well as offering rural communities the chance to see professional acts at competitive prices, the scheme brings the local community together socially and helps sustain the viability of village halls. Amongst the artists who will be appearing in Teignbridge, the South Hams and East, Mid and West Devon in the coming months are City of Light Theatre, Panta Rei, Neil Maya Quartet, Theatre Alibi and the Devon based dancer Crystal Zillwood. Details of all the events can be seen on www.villagesinaction.co.uk and the spring season brochure is available in local libraries.

    In addition, Carn to Cove has won a substantial award from Arts Council England’s (ACE) Strategic Touring Fund to develop its work in communities throughout the South West. The ACE award, for more than £140,000 over 2.5 years, will enable Carn to Cove, working with the board of Villages in Action, to secure and resource the volunteer network in Devon so that rural communities have access to great art; provide advocacy to local authorities around the social and economic impacts of arts activity; develop new partnerships in Devon and Cornwall, and test new models of working between villages and market and coastal towns.

    The award will also support an international programme to present more diverse work of different cultures in the South West and enable the development of new online tools and web presence to improve box office income and therefore the sustainability of tours in rural areas.”

    The Board of ViA, all volunteers, were delighted when Carn to Cove came forward to caretake the spring 2018 touring programme and subsequently made their successful application to Arts Council England to further develop their role in the South West.  After a challenging year, we are all very much looking forward to the future!

     

     

  4. ViA Spring Programme 2018

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    It’s here! Packed full of fabulous professional arts events being held in village halls and community venues right across our lovely county. Grab a coffee and your diary and enjoy planning a Springtime of the Arts in Devon!

     

  5. Announcement from Carn to Cove – and such exciting times for ViA too!

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    Celebration time!

    Celebration time!

    Carn to Cove wins new award for Locomotor project – 2018-2020

    Villages in Action is delighted to let you know that Carn to Cove, the rural touring project of the Cornish charity Creative Kernow, with whom we have been working over the past few months, has won a substantial award from the Arts Council of England’s Strategic Touring Fund!  The monies have been awarded to develop its already outstanding work in rural communities in Cornwall, Devon and the South West with a new project – Locomotor.

    The Strategic Touring Fund has been awarded to Carn to Cove to support their role in making the best in the arts available for rural communities. There are three strands of new activity which Locomotor will deliver:

    First is the development of a sustainable rural touring offer in Devon.  Carn to Cove has been working with us since March 2017, when we had to suspend our rural touring programme.  The objective is to secure and resource the volunteer network in Devon already active in our local communities to provide ‘Great Art for Everyone’ with high quality performances and to build capacity for the sector here.  This will include advocacy to local authorities around the social and economic impacts of arts activity, developing new partnerships in Devon and Cornwall, and testing new models of working between villages and market and coastal towns.

    Secondly, the award will support an international programme to present more diverse work of different cultures in the South West.  This builds on Carn to Cove hosting the ‘New Directions International’ showcase in Falmouth in 2016 for the National Rural Touring Forum and the international partnerships that have emerged from that – including Cornish companies touring overseas (graduate rural touring company Cheap Date Dance touring to Sweden in October 2017). Artists from Spain, Lithuania and Sweden are among those who will be performing and undertaking workshop and participation activity across all the rural touring schemes in the South West of England with partners Beaford Arts (Devon), Air in G (Gloucestershire), Artsreach ( Dorset), Rural Arts Wiltshire and South Glos, Takeart (Somerset) and Villages in Action (Devon).  International touring is a priority area in the Strategic Touring Fund criteria and is partly resourced by the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund.

    Thirdly, the Locomotor project will enable the development of new online tools and web presence to improve box office income and therefore sustainability of the touring model. Box office income is already the main source of financing for the performing arts in rural spaces at both Carn to Cove and here at Villages in Action. Providing centralised online ticketing and marketing will improve access to these services to people living in remote rural communities and therefore attendance and sustainability.

    Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: “Our National Lottery-funded Strategic Touring programme takes exciting arts and culture to places and people across the country who might not otherwise get the opportunity to benefit from these experiences. So, we are pleased to be supporting Carn to Cove to bring the work of talented international artists to the south west, allowing a wide range of audiences to enjoy these shows on their doorsteps.”

    We are so so pleased that this award has been made and that the future of rural touring in Devon now looks much more secure. This funding will commence in February 2018 but in the meantime, Carn to Cove and Villages in Action have been working together to produce a Spring 2018 season in Devon, so expect to see details of some fabulous acts coming to a village near you very soon.  Thank you to all at Carn to Cove for their hard work and commitment to our wonderful world of rural touring!

    And we must also take this chance to celebrate the fact that Unearth, our Heritage Lottery funded project for 2017-19 (which was unaffected by the cessation of our rural touring scheme) continues through and Part One has now been very successfully concluded. 4 village communities worked together during 2017 with Kate Green and Jim Causley (musician), Lucy Bell (playwright), Peter Margerum (artist) and Charlie Watts (actor) to bring to life the unearthed stories of their communities, culminating in a unique and often moving multi-media performance in each village hall. It has been an amazing project so far and we are very much looking forward to working with another 4 communities during the rest of this year and 2018.

    If you have any queries, please contact becky.smith.devon@gmail.com or Claire@carntocove.org.uk