Free Seminar ‘What makes a successful partnership & collaboration?

Contact: Kathryn Hopkins (Email)

Wholly allianced; what makes a successful partnership?
With Dr Anna Farthing and Dr Simon Moreton
Friday 13 July, 1.30 – 4.30pm at actacentre, Bristol BS3 3AY.
FREE EVENT. To book – [email protected]

Partnership working and collaboration is at the heart of many arts practices, but how can we ensure we do this well? This seminar will consist of short presentations and time for discussion and debate. Presentations from Dr Anna Farthing and Dr Simon Moreton.

Dr Anna Farthing was recently appointed Arts Programme Director for Bristol Hospitals. Anna has over twenty-five years of experience as a creative producer, project director and consultant in the U.K. cultural sector. With a background that spans performing arts, heritage, museums and festivals, Anna has delivered successful launch programmes for Tobacco Factory Theatre, M Shed museum, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the International Slavery Museum, Bristol European Green Capital and Manx National Heritage. She was a founding director of Bristol Festivals, Bristol Shakespeare Festival and the Cary Grant Festival, and more recently the creative producer of Bristol Doors Open Days, the International Agatha Christie Festival, Larkin: New Eyes Each Year for Hull U.K. City of Culture 2017 and Chatsworth Renewed.

Dr Simon Moreton is a researcher at at UWE Bristol and is based at the Pervasive Media Studio. His work looks at how creative organisations understand and communicate the impact of their activities, how and why universities are interested in collaborating them, and what this means for both creative and academic work. His current work includes collaborating with Watershed Bristol on Network for Creative Enterprise and Creative Producers International, thinking about creative ecosystems, and supporting academics to improve how they communicate their work beyond academia.

The afternoon will be facilitated by Neil Beddow, acta Theatre’s Artistic Director.

To reserve your free place, please email [email protected] or call 0117 9532448

Also coming up

Join us for a very special event as we welcome the amazing Maria Schejbal of Grodzki Theatre, Poland for 4 days of puppetry workshops at the acta Centre, 10-13 September 2018. Learn about Maria’s engaging and supportive gentle approach to incorporating puppetry into productions and community outreach activities.

Prices – £150 for the full course (4 days)
or £80 for 2 days (either Monday & Tuesday, or Wednesday and Thursday)

Limited spaces available. Book online here.


Open access practical workshops with the acta artistic team are now offered quarterly.
The workshops take place at actacentre and are free to attend, open to drama facilitators from across the sector who are interested in sharing and learning more about making community theatre.

The next open access workshop for practitioners will be 10.00 – 12.00 on Wednesday 11 July
Join the acta team to troubleshoot common (and uncommon) issues that arise in workshops. If you are looking for ideas on how to solve a particular issue, or need a space to try out your idea, this is the group for you.

Will also include a games exchange (you are invited to bring a game to share), invent new games with others, try them out in a safe space, meet new people and learn more about making community theatre with acta.

If you would like to know more information you can visit or get in touch.

To book a place, please email [email protected]

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