About ArtReach

Contemporary Arts Development Agency UK offering four main services and products

Event Delivery View all Events Delivery projects »

ArtReach provides exemplary planning, direction and project management to support a range of cultural event delivery. Its work includes projects for Local Authority, venue and cultural organisation clients, as well as a significant body of self generated projects (including Night of Festivals, Journeys Festival and the ArtReach Nanoplex). The company has undertaken work across the UK and internationally (including Spain, Trinidad and India) and has been responsible for brands such as Dance in the Park,The Lyric Lounge, Three Cities Create and Connect, World Arts Platform and Dress the World.

ArtReach coordinates one-off projects, programmes of work, tours, creative Symposia and Conferences, and major outdoor events. It works from small scale to significant (£1,000,000 plus) commissions. The ArtReach package of support can include identifying and recruiting artists or performers, designing content and format, providing web design and marketing, fundraising, providing box office function, and all aspects of delivery, project management, documentation and evaluation. ArtReach works with a trusted group of suppliers to provide technical and design support.

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ArtReach has supported the successful development of many new capital projects as well as assisting with refurbishment and restoration. The company project directed the development of a major new arts centre in Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, and was Lead Business Consultant for development work on The Cornerstone (Didcot), The Peepul Centre (Leicester) and the New Art Exchange (Nottingham). As Lead Business Consultant ArtReach provides vision development, business planning, fundraising and project management services (including procurement of design teams).

Recently ArtReach has led on the Heritage Lottery funded restoration of the Curzon Community Cinema in Clevedon (North Somerset) and the development and delivery of PRIMARY (artist studios) in Nottingham. The company is currently working with The Drum (Birmingham), SeaChange Arts (Great Yarmouth) , Nottingham Carnival, Strange Cargo (Folkestone) and Headway Arts (Northumberland) on major capital projects. ArtReach also leads Feasibility Studies, often providing procurement and management of design team members and cost consultants.

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Public Art Services View all Public Art Services projects »

ArtReach has initiated, commissioned, developed and produced many public art projects, including integrated work within building developments, stand alone discreet work in the public realm, and temporary initiatives within festivals and events.

ArtReach has secured RIBA Art for Architecture awards for programmes of public art within capital developments such as Norden Farm Centre for the Arts and The Cornerstone (Didcot). The company’s role has been to develop Artist Briefs, identify and recruit artists, arrange contracts, manage/project manage delivery and to ensure adequate maintenance or deconstruction provision.

Between 2006 and 2009 ArtReach commissioned the first major UK work from Mexican artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, producing this £1,000,000 initiative (Under Scan) for the public realm in several high profile urban squares, including Trafalgar Square. As part of its own Night of Festivals initiative ArtReach has commissioned artists such as Michael Nyman (Cine-Opera), Dom Coyote (Folk in a Box), Laura Belem (Night of St John), Atis Rezistans (Queen Erzulie) and Alinah Azadeh (Freedom Square), creating an exciting range of temporary work, sometimes with more permanent legacy.

In 2014/15 ArtReach is contracted by Central Bedfordshire Council to provide ongoing support for its wide ranging public art initiatives that complement new housing developments across the Authority area.

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Organisational Development View all Organisational Development projects »

ArtReach offers substantial experience at supporting cultural organisations in – visioning and strategic planning; business planning; fundraising activity (strategies and implementation); marketing planning; board development; personnel review; and wider development work. Since 2000 the organisation has successfully supported over 200 clients, working with theatre and performing arts venues, galleries, museums, arts centres, dance companies, musicians, visual artists and crafts people, carnival organisations, festivals and moving image/film companies. It builds supportive, ongoing relationships through organisational development and fundraising work, enabling it to have a detailed understanding of client aspirations and needs.

Fundraising continues to be an important ingredient of the organisational development support provided by ArtReach. It has successfully delivered many Lottery applications (to all distributors) and has an excellent track record of securing funds through other public and statutory sources, Charitable Trusts and Foundations, and the European Union (ESF, ERDF, Culture Programme and INTERREG). ArtReach has also secured other forms of private philanthropy and corporate support for cultural projects.

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