Creating job opportunities for artists


The Collaborative Touring Network (CTN) is a national network of producers working in areas of cultural deprivation who are dedicated to providing greater access to the arts. Established in 2013, the network is made up of a collective of eight organisations from across the country, including The Old Courts in Wigan, who work with artists and communities to make and tour life-affirming and perspective-changing shows as well as providing paid for opportunities for artists to show their work on a national scale.

The network previously led by Battersea Arts Centre is now led by The Old Courts. Since its conception, the Collaborative Touring Network has toured the work of more than forty exceptional artists and companies to over a hundred thousand people nationally.

CTN is a national project supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Between 2020 and 2023, £799,000 of funding from Arts Council England will support the CTN partners to build resilience and operate as a national, outward-facing network that empowers communities and revolutionises how touring work is developed with artists. Working on micro and macro levels; CTN seeks to create cultural change locally whilst working together nationally to diversify the way performance is made, seen and toured. 

Jonny Davenport, Artistic Director at The Old Courts said: “CTN is a particularly strong network of partners from around The UK. A lot of thought and experience has gone into shaping the project to what it is now, so I genuinely feel the call out presents a brilliant opportunity all round. The network is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the work is nationally significant and impactful for artists, audiences and communities.”

Rosie Scudder, project director, said: “We believe touring live performance is most impactful when it is invited into places where community is already happening. We create local partnerships and put on shows in unlikely spaces: from car parks, to nightclubs, rooftops to community centres. Over the next 3 years, we want to support artists in both the making and touring of their work. Working with our communities, and as a network, we want to create and tour shows that resonate with the people of our places. For artists wanting to find out more or to apply for the call out, please visit the website and or contact me direct via email [email protected]

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