Duration: 2021-22

Flourish is Rural Arts’ artist development programme for performing artists.

Flourish offers networking, mentoring, training and opportunities to help keep performing artists connected and supported.


Training and Networking

Shortly we’ll be launching our first programme of training and networking events for performing artists, including support with fundraising, Meet the Programmers, and practical advice for rural touring.

Check back soon to book your place!


Flourish Newsletter

Our Flourish newsletter will keep you up to date with any opportunities on the programme, such as networking events and scratch nights, as well as promote funding and development opportunities from other organisations.


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Flourish on Facebook

We’ve launched a new Facebook group called North Yorkshire Arts where you can network with other artists, find opportunities and share about your work.


Coffee and Chat sessions (online and in person)

Fancy getting to know our team, what we do and what we programme in a relaxed and informal way? Book one of our 30 minute ‘coffee at chat’ sessions, either in person at The Courthouse, or online!

Sessions will take place on the last Friday of the month. Our next session is on Friday the 24th of September . To book your place, click here! 


Scratch Nights

Rural Arts is excited to launch our very first scratch night as part of our artist development programme Flourish.

The Scratch Night will take place on Saturday 11th December at The Courthouse in Thirsk.

There are four performance slots available for artists and companies to perform an excerpt of work in development that is adventurous, engaging and distinctive.

We’re accepting applications across all performing arts disciplines. We are particularly interested to hear from artists and companies within North Yorkshire, and those with protected characteristics, or who are currently under-represented within the performing arts industry.

To find out more, download our Application Pack here

To apply please fill out the following form: click here to apply 

Deadline for Applications is 23.59, Sunday 26th September 2021.

Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application the week commencing 11th October 2021.


Seed Commissions

We want to commission four performing artists/companies to start the creation of a piece of work that reflects underrepresented or marginalised experiences or rurality. Each commission is £2,500,  artists will present a sharing of their work at The Courthouse in January 2022.

For these commissions, we’re particularly interested in hearing from Global Majority artists, D/deaf and/or disabled artists, artists from a low socio-economic background and LGBTQIA+ artists.

Watch this space for more information!

Flourish FAQs

Any performing artists can join the programme.

Individual opportunities may have more specific requirements regarding the location of participants.

Flourish is open to artists of all experience levels. You might be just starting out, have significant experience as an artist – or be somewhere in between! Our opportunities will be tailored to suit a range of experience levels. Having a range of experience levels within Flourish will enable artists to meet new people, grow and develop, and hear new perspectives.

The programme has no upper age limit however, we can only accommodate those aged 16 and over.

Flourish supports artists based in any location, particularly through our online activities. There will be geographical restrictions for some opportunities, which reflects our vision of bringing creativity to every community in North Yorkshire.

We want our programme to be as inclusive as possible therefore much of our programme will be available both online and in person.

Flourish is tailor made to support live performing artists of any discipline – e.g., theatre, dance, music, circus, spoken word and more! We also support multi-disciplinary artists, but Flourish will only be able to do so form a performance perspective.

Flourish is tailor made to support artists of any discipline working primarily in live performance. Those working primarily in film and media are more than welcome to get involved, however some opportunities – e.g. our Scratch Nights – may be applicable solely for live performance.

There are many ways to get involved!

Join our Flourish newsletter.

Join our Flourish Facebook group.

Book onto a Coffee and Chat session (in person or online).

Find out about upcoming opportunities and events.

Whether it’s specific support you need, or a skill you could offer, we’d love to hear from you! Send your idea to Zoe Walker, Creative Producer (Performing Arts): Zoe@ruralarts.org

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Check back soon to find out how to get involved!