Theatre Bristol are currently working with a researcher at the University of Bristol on an exciting new project studying the ‘creative ecology’ of the South-West. This is part of a £250K project funded by the British Academy undertaken by Dr. Kirsty Sedgman.
By producing at least one book (plus a number of articles), Kirsty aims firstly to raise the profile of our fantastic theatre & performance scene within the UK, and secondly to highlight all the artists and organisations making brilliant work. The big question she’s asking is this: What does it mean to make performance happen here? And how does your work fit in?
You can fill in the survey here: https://arts.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/sw-theatremakers
This seems to us to be a really timely and important project. Within both the national press and arts funding processes there’s a tendency to divert disproportionate attention to London, and then to focus only on a few big regional institutions. In these narratives other forms of theatre-making risk being overlooked. It is this problem that the project is hoping to counter. Kirsty will use the information gathered to map the rich diversity of our South-West creative sphere – and with the British Academy’s help may even (we hope) also inform future arts policies around regional funding.
You can find out more about the project (including a detailed ethics statement) on the website: https://arts.onli