Associate Artists

Lancaster Arts are pleased to announce the members of their 2015-17 Associate Artists Programme. 

Lancaster Arts associate artist scheme formalises our commitment to support local and regional artists whose work really excites us.  The bespoke package is based on a set of mutually agreed outcomes, but may include commissions, residencies, presentations, advocacy, specialist support and collaborative projects.  Our current round of Associates were appointed as a result of long-standing relationships with these 3 exceptional artists/companies.

“We are delighted to be working with Quarantine, imitating the dog and Andy Smith as our Associate Artists. The artists all create distinctive and internationally significant work, and importantly, they make this right on our doorstep. This should make for an opportunity for a meaningful dialogue not only between us as a venue and them as artists, but with you the public”.
- Alice Booth, Creative Producer, Lancaster Arts

Andy Smith

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Andy Smith is a writer and theatre maker who creates solo performances that are unafraid to approach and address big subjects. Most recently these include All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (2011) and Commonwealth (2012), which was also performed by Tim Crouch at The Royal Court in July 2013 as part of the Open Court season. His most recent work The Preston Bill, will open in Autumn 2015.

Andy has been working with Tim since 2004, co-directing (with Karl James) his plays An Oak Tree (2005), England (2007) and The Author (2009). In 2013 Tim and Andy co-wrote and performed What Happens To The Hope At The End Of The Evening at The Almeida Theatre.

Andy holds an AHRC funded practice-as-research PhD from Lancaster University, where he has also taught courses in Contemporary Theatre Practice, Performance Composition, and Contemporary European Theatre.

“I’m happy to be an Associate Artist at Lancaster Arts.  The organisation means a lot to the area, and brings some fantastic work in all areas of artistic practice our way, both on and off the site of the campus.  As someone who lives in and works from Lancaster, having the support to make my work here is valuable in a number of ways, not least being given space, time and encouragement to keep doing what I do.”

Find out more about Andy and his work here 

Imitating The Dog

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Imitating The Dog (ITD) has been creating and touring original performance work since 1998. Pete Brooks, Andrew Quick and Simon Wainwright are the Artistic Directors and their work has built a company with a unique reputation in the UK, Europe and internationally. The company has just completed its highly successful tour of A Farewell to Arms and the re-staging of Zero Hour in Batumi, Georgia.

ITD is currently working on a new immersive project called The Train, which will be made in Italy and then come to Lancaster in 2016. Other plans include working on an adaptation of Lady Chatterley’s Lover to tour in 2016/17 and a version, for children, of Hanuman (The Monkey King) for South East Asia in Spring 2016.

“We have worked with Lancaster Arts on a number of projects and are delighted to be formalising our relationship… the benefits to our organisation will be huge”

Find out more about imitating the dog and their work here 


Quarantine was established in 1998 by directors Richard Gregory and Renny O’Shea with designer Simon Banham. They make original theatre, performance and public events with and about the people who are in it. Whatever form it takes, their work begins and ends with the people in the room.

Over the last 17 years, they've collaborated with a shifting constellation of artists, performers and people who've never done anything like this before. The company are currently working on an ambitious quartet of performances created over the next three years that looks at the human life cycle. Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. Summer has already been made and Autumn is currently in development. The four works can be played separately or shown as a marathon event from 2016.

“Quarantine is very excited to be Lancaster Arts Associate Artists. We already have a good relationship - so look forward to this next stage”.

Find our more about Quarantine and their work here