Arts Out West

Kirkgate Arts Out West LogoArts Out West is the Rural Touring arm of Kirkgate Arts and Heritage serving a large area of West Cumbria from North to South. It is supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation in partnership with neighbouring Rural Touring organisation, Penrith-based Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

We work with volunteers in village halls and other venues, including libraries, throughout Allerdale and Copeland Boroughs providing local audiences with high quality professional performances of music, drama and dance.

Arts Out West is affiliated to the National Rural Touring Forum, which helps to ensure we have access to the very best national and international talent who are touring England to entertain people in tucked away places. Arts Out West also works with Cine North to loan cinema equipment to village halls.

Each year we stage around 60 performances in venues from Furness to the Solway, ranging from nationally recognised theatre companies to international musicians. As much a social occasion as a performance, a good night out is guaranteed and all on people’s doorsteps with no driving necessary!

If you’d like to know more, including how your village hall or community centre could become part of the scheme, receiving training and support, please email us here at Arts Out West

If you are artists and performers interested in touring to Arts Out West venues please get in touch and tell us about your Company and show.

Discover our current line-up of events here.