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Pilot for Shift and Share 2015-16

Shift & Share is a 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:

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

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

• 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)

• 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. During the pilot phase 2015-16 the network included the following venues/organisations. They did a mixture of advising, commissioning, programming, facilitating and giving much time in kind to support dance touring in the South West.


A big thank you to you all:


1. Artsreach – Dorset’s Rural Touring Scheme

2. Barbican Theatre Plymouth 

3. Bridport Arts Centre

4. Carn to Cove Cornwall Rural Touring

5. Falmouth University 

6. Grampound Community Hall, Cornwall

7. Helford Theatre, Truro College

8. ICIA, Bath 

9. Liskerrett Centre, Cornwall

10. Merlin Theatre, Frome

11. Northcott Theatre, Exeter 

12. Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

13. Exeter Phoenix

14. Salisbury Arts Centre

15. South Devon College

16. Swindon Dance 

17. Tacchi Morris Arts Centre, Taunton 

18. Take Art – Somerset’s Rural Touring Scheme

19. The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington

20. The Point, Eastleigh

21. The Roses, Tewskesbury

22. Tobacco Factory Bristol

23 Trowbridge Arts 

24. Marine Theatre Lyme Regis

25. Activate

26. Theatre Bristol