A two year project which is examining artistic vibrancy, relevance and impact by deepening the relationships between three devising performers and three rural communities.

Why are we doing this?

We want to ensure that Touring Network members remain part of a vibrant and sustainable cultural economy which values rural touring for its artistic vibrancy, relevance and meaning
We believe that touring exceptional live performances contributes to rural Scotland being a better place to live and work.   

We want everyone involved in rural touring to understand and appreciate their contribution to their community and the impact it has. We will be sharing our findings throughout the project and at the end of this 2 year project will host an event to open discussion with the wider industry.

Who’s involved

Three Promoters

Isle of Eigg / Lucy Conway

Argyll Arts Collective / Joni Brown & Ian Prescott

Findhorn Bay Arts / Kressana Aigner

Three Performers / Companies

Birds of Paradise Theatre / Creative Electric  – Heather Marshall

Vanishing Point / Matt Lenton & Biff Smith

The Work Room / Saffy Setohy


Kate Wieteska

Co-imagined and designed by

Lisa Baxter of The Experience Business

About The Project

BRAW is a project which has been developed in response to the desire to ensure more fulfilling experiences for promoters, artists and their audiences, and to answer some of the questions we seem to have been asking ourselves for years. Typically, rural touring venues present performances which are devised by artists working in urban locations; we are curious to see if rural touring needs are different, and if so, how can we respond to those needs to develop better community engagement.We are looking specifically to examine artists’ sensibilities to their audiences (in this case rural and remote communities), the audience’s propensity to engage with new work and a new type of artistic production centred on relevance and impact. Individuals or organisations in the touring ‘triangle’ often operate in silos, which can result in a lack of understanding of the different working processes and perspectives required to make a successful performance and subsequent tour. Collaboration then, is essential to this approach, and will create a new language to explore needs, inform professional practice and develop audience appetite

In order to make a difference, the project will explore many unknowns; what the barriers are (perceived or actual) for audiences, whether there is an appetite for touring work, and whether promoters and artists are interested in finding out. As well as tackling some of the known issues – ageing and migrating populations, isolation, lack of choice, negative perceptions of rural touring from artists and companies, and the perception of promoters as gatekeepers to name a few.


Find Out More

Over the course of the next two years, BRAW will be running workshops with communities in the Highlands & Islands as well as touring three new shows, if you would like to be kept informed with how you can get involved, please sign up to our ‘What’s On mailing list here.

Supported By