Location unknown, possible Morcambe, 1967 – 68 by Tony Ray-Jones © National Media Museum

ACE announces touring fund grants

Rebecca Atkinson, 05.03.2015
Seven Stories and Science Museum Group among those receiving money
Seven Stories in Newcastle and the Science Museum Group are among 18 organisations that have received a share of £3.9m from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund.

Seven Stories has received £235,910 for a three-year project to provide access to children’s literature exhibitions in areas of low cultural participation across the Midlands, and north and south east England.

The Science Museum Group will receive £67,164 to fund a regional tour of its photography exhibition Only in England: Photographs by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr. The show, which was seen by 43,968 visitors during its seven-month run in London, will go to four regional museums in the north, south east and south west of England.

This is the 18th round of the strategic touring programme, which aims to increase access to the arts by targeting non-traditional tour venues and areas with low levels of art engagement.

Althea Efunshile, the acting chief executive of the arts council, said: “We are delighted to be able to support these projects, and it’s especially encouraging to have seen applications from organisations such as Seven Stories who champion children’s literature.
"ACE's remit is to support great art for everyone, and the Strategic touring programme does just that. It gives more people across England the opportunity to get involved with great art in their community.”

The arts council has also updated its guidance for organisation applying to the next round of funding, which opens later this month.

In a statement it said: “While the overall aims of the programme remain the same, the update will include new priorities to increase inbound international work touring England and middle-scale theatre touring. Addressing the Creative Case for diversity will continue to be a priority.”

In addition, applications around work for, by and with children and young people will not be a priority from May.