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Call out for Lead Dance Artist - Cultural Routes Project, Touchstones Rochdale


Outline of project:

Touchstones Rochdale are pleased to announce Cultural Routes, a new project funded through GMCVO’s Ambition for Ageing, to increase access to cultural production and engagement for older people across Greater Manchester. This opportunity is open to over 50’s creatives living in the borough of Rochdale who would usually be excluded from mainstream arts sector due to their age. The programme has been designed in collaboration with The Turnpike.

We are seeking a lead dance artist/choreographer to design the conceptual themes for the Cultural Routes project and take a lead on the art form/mediums explored, ensuring that Cultural Routes remains by and for older people, whilst challenging preconceptions on what art by/about older people might look like. 

The lead artist will also deliver a mentoring/development programme with up to two emerging artists over the age of 50 from January – May 2020. Over the course of the programme the lead artist will design a series of creative workshops with the emerging artists, with a group of 15 participants recruited through existing groups that work with Touchstones and local partners.

The final outcome will be premiered in Rochdale to improve the visibility of work produced by older artists and engage older audiences. It will also be presented at the age-friendly culture event planned in May 2020.


  • Must be over 50 years of age
  • Have experience delivering CPD and creative workshops with groups
  • Experience working with visual art and collections to inform their practice


Freelance Artist fee: £3000 for delivery between December 2019 and May 2020.
Materials/production budget is £1000

Deadline: Sunday 15th December 2019 23.59 GMT

To apply for this opportunity please submit your CV and covering letter to Bryan Beresford, Curatorial & Community Engagement Coordinator at

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