ACE National Portfolio Announcement by @pilot_theatre #NPO #artsfunding

30 Mar


Pilot Theatre are delighted to announce that we will be part of the National Portfolio of organisations funded by Arts Council England. We received information that will be receiving a 20% uplift in our funding and this will continue up to 2015.

We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all our team who have worked with us on this bid, and to Arts Council England for supporting our new programme of activity in these difficult financial times.

Our programme of work will include a new commission by Roy Williams of  ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’ which will hit the ground running and tour nationally in the Olympic year of 2012. Other work will include a brand new ‘Drama on Demand’ programme of work in venues with a new App that allows audiences to interact with new drama work via an ipad.  A completely new ‘Digital Amplification’ programme across a range of online platforms which will include livestreamed readings and performances on our Pilot-Theatre.TV channel, as well as a fully interactive drama on the Twitter network.

This will enable us to extend the reach of our work and create new two way engagement opportunities with our audiences as part of our National Touring programme of work

Collaborations will continue with our partner venue York Theatre Royal, as well as new works with SlungLow, Paines Plough, Watershed, HideandSeek, Contact and Theatre UPB in Buenos Aires. Our International work will further be developed with a new commission for our EU Platform 11 project across 12 countries that will tour in 2012.

We will continue to develop our Shift Happens Conferences and training programme which focuses on developing the online and digital engagement with artists and audiences. This is further supported with a Grants for the Arts Award for 2011/12 of £40,000 which will enable us to create a new post for a Digital Content Producer. This will mean we can roll out a three year programme of work that will also include TEDxYork, Shift Happens and a programme for Shift for Young People and the Education sector nationally.

We look forward to creating this new work and being part of the portfolio making and delivering Great Art for Everyone.

Whilst this is unbdoubtedly a positive result for Pilot Theatre, this is not a time for any organisation to feel triumphant, as the country will be a poorer place as a result of these cuts. We also recognise the difficult position that ACE has been put in with the settlement they received from Government. So it is important to remind ourselves where the cuts and the imperative for them stems from.

It is vital that all organisations and the sector remain strong at this time and that we find ways of collectively nurturing artistic talent, skils and audiences during these coming months and years. As part of this we will be extending the site to become a site for collaboration, ideas and future development.

Marcus Romer  – Artistic Director – Pilot Theatre – March 30th 2011

For further information please contact Marcus Romer – 

Our vision plan is below. And the image at the top of the page is a word cloud of our NPO application

5 Responses to “ACE National Portfolio Announcement by @pilot_theatre #NPO #artsfunding”

  1. Emma March 30, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    Yes, such the champion of the arts you are Mr Romer. An ACE apologist in full throat, I wonder would you be so full throated in your defence of that wretchedly corrupt institution if your theatre were not on its NPO list.

  2. Anonymous March 30, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Emma -The cuts agenda is government driven. The arms length policy of handing cuts to local authorities, and to ACE means that you are targeting the wrong ‘enemy’ so the govt can walk away scott free. I believe in working with people and finding ways to connect and communicate, and I welcome all debate and comments. It is what makes us human. I learned that from working in the Arts…

  3. Emma March 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    the specific funding decisions are done by ACE, not the DCMS. That the government are idealogical thugs is a given but ACE’s funding review is as top heavy and politically driven as it ever was. They created a nice even map of the funding landscape (geographically not fiscally) and you are one of their enablers because you don’t call them on it and you never will, too much at stake now.

  4. Heather Niven March 30, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    The fact remains Emma that there is less money in the pot, and unlike the government with their ‘quantitative easing’ plans, ACE don’t have the ability to create more money out of fresh air. This is the issue – less money and the same or more applications for that money.I am not ACE funded and yet appreciate they are making difficult decisions fueled by reduced funds. They need to target initiatives that deliver the biggest impact based on their values and selection criteria. Unfortunately with less around, not all of those projects can get what they need through ACE funding.Hows about exploring ways of allowing our projects to happen through other means to public funding? If we join forces on shaping that maybe we will weather the storm. Collaboration, collectives, shared marketing, innovative thinking, crowd funding, private sponsorship deals…

  5. Heather Niven March 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

    Oh and for the record, the work Pilot is doing is cutting edge, creative, forward thinking and totally deserving of the funding based on the impact they will have and the skills and talents of the team. NOT because of any political affiliations with ACE, but because of their excellence in what they do.just saying…

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