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Still image of dancers in colourful costume from the touring production Artificial Things

Stopgap Dance Company: Artificial Things

Stopgap Dance is celebrating having secured £224,731 in the latest round of the Arts Council's Strategic touring programme.

Over the three years Stopgap will be working in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire; The Point – Eastleigh; Embrace Arts – Leicester and Zinc Arts – Essex to develop a 3-year touring programme (‘Reach’), designed to build a sustainable touring network and raise the profile of integrated dance and disabled artists.

Stopgap's emerging artists company, Sg2, will tour newly developed works around the country to engage with and inspire new audiences. Sg2 will also deliver lots of workshops alongside the performances to help venues and organisations increase participation with young disabled and non-disabled people.

And in 2015 Stopgap will present a showcase at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that will give talented integrated companies and artists the opportunity to share their work to an international audience.

The Arts Council's Strategic touring programme is designed give more people across England the opportunity to access great arts and culture in their own community and in areas that rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

A total of 10 organisations were successful in Round 13 of the Arts Council's Strategic touring programme, securing a total of £2,073,178 to enable them to develop innovative and exciting touring projects that bring Great arts and culture to more people across England.

For more information about the Arts Council's Strategic touring programme please click on this link.