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Our Approach to Programming

Ethos 

Lancaster Arts has adopted a thematic approach to our whole programme that integrates commissions, workshops, site-specific work and artist development opportunities such as residencies, performance and exhibitions. This enables our programme to speak across artforms and through new approaches to ideas and concepts. 

Previous themes have included ‘Women & Circus’, ‘Rework’ and most recently, ‘Pathways’. Our 2019/20 seasons will be on the theme of ‘Radical Histories, Radical Futures’. We also continue our ongoing focus on place in the Lancaster District. 

Our values are at the centre of our work and we are committed to supporting and presenting work that crosses the boundaries of artforms, is courageous and responds to the world today. We are ideas-led, a natural fit for an arts organisation partnered within a world-class university. 

Our focus is on contemporary practice in performance and visual arts alongside a renowned classical music programme. We present work in our dedicated arts spaces at Lancaster University (Peter Scott Gallery, Nuffield Theatre and Great Hall) and in other spaces and places around the region. Our events, projects and commissions often have a participatory or live element and increasingly respond to place in a site-specific way. We are also committed to working in partnership with other arts and non-arts partners to develop co-productions and co-commissions that enable new work and which strengthen long-term relationships. We want to explore arts practice and seek work that connects with our themes and the work described above – if you have an interest in working with us, we recommend having a look at our past programme in the archive section of our website to gain an idea of our work and partners. 

Programming 

Lancaster Arts has a collaborative programming team who work together to ensure a rich, diverse and varied programme. We work closely together to shape a combined arts programme that has balance and diversity. To achieve this we meet regularly, at least once a month, to draw on the specialist knowledge held within the team. 

We have three seasons annually:

  • Season 1 (April to September)
  • Season 2 (October to December)
  • Season 3 (January to March) 

Season 1, has a focus on development, exploring ideas with others, presenting work in progress and hosting Creative Gatherings that inform the upcoming seasons. We do not have a focus on presentation in season 1, but occasional events, performances and exhibitions do happen; and you can find opportunities through our website. 

These are our primary presentation seasons. Our artist commissions, residencies and artist development programmes happen throughout the year. 

Does Lancaster Arts  accept artist proposals? 

Yes, we welcome your ideas! If you are an artist, collective, company, performer, composer, theatre maker or simply have a creative practice you think will fit with our programme, please email us.

The proposals we receive are shared at our programme team meetings. If there is an opportunity to see your work do let us know how and where – we welcome invitations to see new work and will do our best to attend. 

What information should I include in my proposal? 

The points below are a minimum to help to give us a clear understanding of your proposal and how we can get in touch: 

  • Your name and contact details 
  • An introduction to your practice and suitable online links 
  • A brief description of your proposal 
  • How this relates to our programme approach or theme 
  • Please ensure any attachments do not exceed 5mb. 

Due to the volume of proposals we receive, we can’t respond to each individually, however, if we are able to take your proposal further, we will contact you as soon as possible. Please do not send original artworks or unique documents –  Lancaster Arts cannot take responsibility for any damage sustained to such items and will not be able to return them. 

Our programming team: 

  • Alice Booth 
  • Jocelyn Cunningham 
  • Peter Davies (Administrator) 
  • Roisin Nidhuill 
  • Richard Smith 
  • Jamie Wooldridge