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Flourish (2022-2023)

Start: July 13, 2022
End: July 20, 2023

What is Flourish?

Flourish is a programme of artist development that offers networking, mentoring, training and opportunities to help keep performing artists connected and supported.

Scratch Night is back on Saturday 8th October 2022, 7.30pm!

Applications are open now!

Deadline to apply: 13th August 2022

To apply please fill in the form here.

Rural Arts is pleased to announce our next Scratch Night at The Courthouse, taking place on Saturday October 8th 2022. We are looking for 4 artists/companies to share a maximum of 20 minutes of a work-in-progress performance to a live audience, who can offer feedback on your work.

The genres we are looking are include theatredancelive artspoken wordmusiccomedy and mixed disciplines.

We are looking to support artists from all backgrounds, making work that they would like to test in front of a rural audience. Therefore this opportunity best suits artists/companies interested in rural touring at some point in their future.

We will give preference to artists/companies based in North Yorkshire and York, and the wider North, as part of our commitment to developing our local and regional performance sector.

People from the global majority*, who are disabled and/or have access needs, are LGBTQIA+, or are from low socio economic backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply, as artists/companies with these lived experiences are underrepresented within rural touring.

*This includes but is not limited to: people of Black Caribbean, Black African, South Asian, East Asian, South East Asian, Middle Easter, Arab, Latinx, Jewish, Romany and Irish Traveller heritage.

Chosen artists/companies will receive:

  • £100 honorarium to present their (up to) 20 minute piece
  • Food and refreshments on the day of the performance
  • Half a day of rehearsal/tech time at The Courthouse in Thirsk, 1-4 days before the performance (8th October)

The Courthouse is a multi-functional, non-traditional performance space. We do not have a raised stage or an onsite technician, so your work should be low tech (or you should provide your own technician), and take up no greater than 4m x 4m performance space. We encourage you to think about using little or no set when sharing your work.

We will announce the chosen artists on the 27th of August 2022

Please note artists/companies MUST be able to perform live, in-person at The Courthouse on Saturday 8th October. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate pre-recorded or remotely delivered sharings at this time, or sharings on alternative dates.

To find out more about previous work and shows that have come to The Courthouse, please visit our website:

If your access requirements mean that you cannot complete the application in this format, please contact Natasha Glew, on or 01845 526 536.


As part of Rural Art’s commitment to support artists, we run Coffee and Chat sessions where you get a chance to meet and talk with our producers and programmers for support in your work. Keep an eye on this page for updates to when the next session will be held.