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Shift & Share
Shift & Share

Shift & Share

Shift & Share is a pilot strategic distribution (Shift) and an audience & skills development (Share) project, to increase audiences for small-scale dance in the South West.

The project seeks to:

o Establish a long-term network for developing and touring dance in the SW

o Commission audience-friendly work (Joli Vyann’s Imbalance)

o Coordinate touring (Cscape’s Taste & Zoielogic’s Safe)

o Develop the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence in the SW venue, and dance sector, particularly in terms of audience development & marketing

o Develop, pilot and evaluate innovative ways of developing dance audiences, particularly for young people, dance students (i.e. from both informal and formal settings) and cross over audiences (i.e. those that attend other art forms, but not necessarily dance)

o Bring dance companies and venues together to work closely from conception to completion to 1) make & present more audience focused work, and 2) share venue and company needs and aspirations.

The project is managed by PDSW on behalf of the network, which includes the following structure of venues/organisations:

Venue network

1. Artsreach – Dorset’s Rural Touring Scheme

2. Barbican Theatre Plymouth (commissioners)

3. Bridport Arts Centre

4. Carn to Cove

5. Falmouth University (commissioners)

6. Grampound Community Hall, Cornwall

7. Helford Theatre, Truro College

8. ICIA, Bath (commissioners)

9. Liskerrett Centre, Cornwall

10. Merlin Theatre, Frome

11. Northcott Theatre, Exeter (commissioners)

12. Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth (commissioners)

13. Salisbury Arts Centre

14. South Devon College

15. Swindon Dance (commissioners)

16. Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton (commissioners)

17. Take Art – Somerset’s Rural Touring Scheme

18. The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington

19. The Point, Eastleigh

20. The Roses, Tewskesbury

21. Trowbridge Arts (including Arc at Wiltshire College)

22. Weymouth College/Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

23. Exeter Phoenix

Engine Room

Dance Development Organisations across the South West who are committed to making dance accessible, support audience development and offer opportunity for further joined up working with venues

Commissioning / Project Partners

Tobacco Factory


Theatre Bristol

Shift and Share Artist Days

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