Sustained Theatre have developed a network of buildings with flexible spaces. These hubs will nurture talent, promote excellence, provide career progression opportunities and foster more equitable relations with the mainstream theatre sector.
Managed and led by practitioners, they will be open to all who wish to expand their horizons through engaging with theatre and the range of creative practices that support live performance. Hubs are being created in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle
The hubs are dedicated Sustained Theatre studios in which to create, develop and prepare their work for presentation. They will host other activities to strengthen the skills base of the Sector, such as producer development training, mentoring, critical debate and other creative development programmes. I addition, office space will be hired to companies from the sector on either short or long term basis.
Space2Develop in the West Midlands
Location: The Edge, Digbeth, Birmingham
Lead Partner: Friction Arts
Other Partners: The Drum, Birmingham; Belgrade Theatre, Coventry; The Public, West Bromwich; Black Country Touring
Space: Shared use of a rehearsal studio of approx 250 m2 and dedicated office space.
Following a Feasibility-Study sadly this project was unsuccessful in their application for a Grants for the Arts award. The National Team are discussing how we can support artists in this region and explore possible new collaborations to deliver a program of that can continue the important work started with the artists salons .
STAY in Sustained Theatre Artists, Yorkshire
Location: Yorkshire Dance building, St Peter’s Buildings, Leeds
Lead Partner: Yorkshire Dance
Other Partners: West Yorkshire Playhouse, Phoenix Dance Company
Space: Dedicated rehearsal studio and office space of approx 375 m2 in total; access to other studio spaces within Yorkshire Dance (including a ‘clean’ space, (i.e. fully equipped with lighting and sound rig and capable of accommodating a small invited audience), studios within Phoenix Dance Company’s new building and considerable use of Rehearsal Room 3 within WYP. Some minor building alterations and refurbishment are required.
The appropriate regional hub (the organisational ones as opposed to the physical spaces) will take a significant role in the management and operation of the space working closely with the lead partner both in terms of its day-to-day functions and also in planning and managing the use and development of the space.
Sustained Theatre in the Northwest (Up North)
Location: Z Arts, Hulme, Manchester
Lead Partner: Zion Arts Centre
Other Partners: Community Arts North-West, Contact Theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre
Space: Dedicated flexible rehearsal studio with 60 seats developed with cutting edge Digital capacity, office space for 10 companies, meeting rooms, micro kitchen, disabled toilet approx 264 m2; access to other spaces within Z- Arts , including a fully equipped 230 seat studio theatre, a recording studio and digital arts lab. Some building alterations and refurbishment are required. MACE have been appointed as the Project managers and we expect to go live in December 2013
London follows a slightly different model from the other projects in that the two companies involved are members of Sustained Theatre themselves. Both are developing their buildings and will be dedicating a proportion of the availability of space to Sustained Theatre companies and artists under a service level agreement.
Arcola moved to new, larger premises in Dalston in January 2011. The Colourworks building will offer studios and office space in addition to their auditoria and will require some refurbishment and conversion; these works have been costed at just under £2.6m and are part of a larger £10m plan for the development of Arcola’s facilities. Once the investment is secured, Hackney Borough Council will grant them a 25 year lease on the premises.
Tara are proposing to use their existing base in South London which requires some alterations and refurbishment to accommodate their contribution to the proposal. A new rehearsal studio will be created in the basement and the existing studio will be made larger.
An operational plan has been developed for how the London space will work in conjunction with the London hub, with facilities being offered from both venues to artists and companies from the region. The London space will also have a significant role as a showcase venue for work created at other spaces in the network.