Supporting & Promoting Arts in Rural Settlements of Europe

Take Art Limited

Cooperation Projects



Total project grant (euros)




Funding scheme

Creative Europe

Call number

EACEA 34/2018

Project date

3 Sep 2018 - 31 Dec 2021

Number of partners in project


Lead organisation

Take Art Limited, England


Consorcio Eurolocal-Mallorca, Spain

Associazione Marchigiana Attivita Teatrali - Amat, Italy

Menininku Grupe Zuvies Akis, Lithuania

Sihtasutus Eesti Tantsuagentuur, Estonia

Supporting and Promoting Arts in Rural Settlements in Europe (SPARSE) will foster rural touring (taking professional performing arts company performances to rural audiences 'in situ') within partner countries.
The partners will learn from the successful UK rural touring model (which we will compare with the Swedish model) through a creative skills and capacity building programme. They will then create their own rural touring networks in their respective areas.

Utilising the notion of the ‘local promoter’ within each community these will be piloted over a 3 year touring period. This ‘grass roots’ based touring model will develop new rural audiences (the promoters are also audience members) and open up new touring opportunities for artistic companies.

SPARSE brings together geographically diverse partners: Take Art (Somerset, UK) as lead partner with SA Eesti Tantsuagentuur (Estonia), AMAT (Marche, Italy), Fish Eye (LitHungaryania ) and Eurolocal (Majorca, Spain). At a series of pre-bid face to face and Skype meetings we shared knowledge of the cultural deficit and access to the arts faced by rural communities and forged a commitment to SPARSE.
The partners have been galvanised by the proven UK & Swedish rural touring models to develop their own customised networks.SPARSE has 2 phases: capacity building followed by audience development.

It starts with skill sharing activities - with the partners and then 5 local promoters in each partner’s rural area. Goals include:
• 4 new touring networks
• 20 touring performances annually to audiences comprising 1,000 people in rural community spaces, across the 4 partner areas for 3 years.
• 3 ‘how to’ toolkits translated into partner languages to assist others wishing to create rural touring networks, to support local promoters to promote shows and to support arts companies wanting to tour rurally.
• A new ground-breaking European Rural Touring Network advoating rural touring across Europe set up by the partners and associates

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