Connecting Communities with our Heritage
The National Lottery Heritage Fund is supporting our Heritage Project – a partnership between the Exeter Northcott Theatre, community partners and the University of Exeter. Its aim is to connect Exeter communities to the Northcott Archive, enable them to explore the voices and stories within the archive; and to expand this resource through capturing and generating new memories. The project will enable groups to debate the relevance of the archive and its stories to our understanding of the role of theatre today- find out more.
The Exeter Canal and Quay Trust is funding our In Plain Sight Performance Project which builds on The Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery’s forthcoming major exhibition in Autumn 2021. In Plain Sight will investigate the untold story of Devon and Exeter’s relationship with the slave trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Exeter Northcott will commission a diverse team of artists to devise a show drawing on themes coming out of the museum’s research, to be performed by young creatives of mixed heritages to the wider community; as well as develop resources for local schools.
Developing Creative Talent
The Noel Coward Foundation is supporting our Northcott Futures Programme supporting 24 Early Career Artists, 12 Producers and 3 Associate Companies in their professional development through a blend of bespoke training, mentoring, collaboration, networking and performance opportunities.
The Noel Coward Foundation also sponsored our The Time is Now project where 5 digital commissions were available to artists locally during lockdown.
The Idlewild Trust and the The Mackintosh Foundation are also supporting our Northcott Futures enabling 24 artists to take their careers to the next level by providing young artists/makers with opportunities to gain new skills/knowledge, develop new collaborations and create and present new work – find out more.
We are part of the Weston Jerwood Creative Bursaries 2020-2022 programme delivered by Jerwood Arts, which aims to provide a step-change opportunity for talent from socio-economic backgrounds that are currently under-represented across the arts to develop and thrive. The programme works in partnership with 50 Host organisations to create 50 paid, year-long creative Fellowships to expand their capacity for artistic production and take part in an 18-month Organisational Change programme – find out more.
Investing in Young Creatives
The Viscount Amory Charitable Trust provides support for our work with young people who would otherwise be unable to take part in our programmes for young creatives.
The Gibbons Trust is supporting a performance project in partnership with the Finding My Voice programme which is looking to support 20 primary school children from low income families, to develop their skills and confidence through an eight-week bespoke performance project.
LiveWest are funding outreach sessions at Newcourt Community Centre and bursary placements on for young people who would otherwise be unable to attend our performance programmes.
Reaching New Audiences and Opening Up Access
Exeter Chiefs Foundation have provided us with a grant to fund the purchase of digital equipment to enable us to capture and live-stream performances to reach those members of our community who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access them.
The Community Fund are enabling us to open up our shows to and improve the experience of local d/Deaf audiences by funding specialist training and a BSL interpreted post-show discussion for Treasure Island.
The Claire Milne Trust are improving access for wheelchair users to performances and participation activities at Exeter Northcott Theatre, through funding the purchase of evacuation equipment that will allow us to increase our number of accessible seats.