Bristol training symposium

Friday 20th January 2012

Bristol Old Vic

From 10.00       Arrival

10.30 – 10.35    Introduction

10.35 – 12.00    The Opportunities and Benefits of International Touring

A conversation between Emma Stenning, Katie Keeler, John Retallack and Andrew Jones chaired by Gavin Stride, followed by a Q&A Session.

12.00 – 13.30    Lunch (not provided by caravan)

13.3014.30    Breakout session 1 – detail of sessions below

14.30 – 15.30    Breakout session 2 – detail of sessions below

British Council: Andrew Jones from the British Council’s Drama & Dance team will give a general   overview of the organisation’s working methods, outline ways that artists can engage with its programmes and offer general advice relating to the international performing arts constituency.

Arts Council England:  A chance to hear about ACE’s policy on international working and how Grants for the Arts can support it.  This session will be led by Phil Hindson and Philip Butterworth.

UK Trade and Investment:  A session on UK Trade & Investment, the government’s export advice and assistance service, and how they can support performing arts companies to enter overseas markets.  This session will be led by Chris Knight, International Trade Adviser.

Visiting Arts, the UK Cultural Contact Point: A chance to hear about the EU Culture programme which mainly supports arts, culture and heritage projects jointly developed by at least three organisations in three different European countries (and South Africa, Canada and Australia in the next two years). See for more information.  This session will be led by Christoph Jankowski.

Theatre Bristol: Theatre Bristol is well known for its ambition is to make Bristol the nexus for theatre makers and audiences of new work. TB commissions and produces new performance, offers bespoke artist support, runs a leading user-generated website and leads strategic research for the theatre industry. This session is an informal opportunity to meet and hear from TB’s Executive Producer, Katie Keeler.

Action Hero: Action Hero is Gemma Paintin & James Stenhouse. They are a Bristol-based collaboration making performance and live art, and they’ve been working in Bristol since 2005 and have toured their work throughout the UK, in Europe and the US. In this session they will share their experience on touring in general as well as internationally from the artist’s perspective.

15.30 – 16.00    Tea Break

16.00 – 17.30    Networking tea and cake.  One-to-one sessions led by British Council, Arts Council England, UK Trade & Investment, Visiting Arts the UK Cultural Contact Point, Theatre Bristol, Action Hero, Battersea Arts Centre, Mayfest and caravan.