Formed in 2013, The Collaborative Touring Network (CTN) is a partnership between Battersea Arts Centre and eight national partners. Our vision is a nation where everyone has inspiring art and culture on their doorstep.
Over the past five years, the Collaborative Touring Network has produced, presented and promoted diverse events to feed an appetite for culture in communities across the country. Our partners on this project are producing teams based in in Hull, Darlington, Gloucester, Thanet, Torbay, Wigan, Peterborough and Medway.
As a network, we support and develop artists locally and deliver two festivals a year packed with inspiring touring work, home-grown talent, music, workshops & feasts.
Occupying parks, community centres, boxing gyms and nightclubs; the network imagines new contexts for performances that inspire audiences and artists alike. To date we have presented work in over 170 different spaces.
Shows that have toured with CTN previously include Christopher Brett Bailey’s This is How We Die, Theatre Ad Infinitum’s Ballad of the Burning Star, Victoria Melody’s Major Tom, The Paper Cinema’s Odyssey, Touretteshero’s Backstage in Biscuitland, Foreign Radical by Theatre Conspiracy, Ground Control by Non Zero One and Rendezvous in Bratislava by Miriam Sherwood.
Shows touring as part of the Spring 2019 season of festival included Paper Cinema's Macbeth, Lost Dog's Juliet and Romeo, Caroline Williams & Reem Karssli Now is The Time To Say Nothing and FILSKIT THEATRE Kaleidoscope.
‘Growing a future model of arts engagement that could flourish all over the country and transform the opportunities available to both artists and audiences’ The Guardian
‘An inspiring project, marrying the best of the subsidised sector with true grassroots innovation and work’ Exeunt
The Collaborative Touring Network is supported by Arts Council England Strategic Touring Fund, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.
Images by Andrew Knowles (Doorstep Theatre), Jerome Whittingham (Heads Up Festival), Dik Ng (Looping The Loop Festival).