We’re very pleased to invite you to the grand finale of our South East Libraries Touring Enquiry funded by Arts Council England – Pitch Up Libraries, on Friday 20th March at Chesham Library. This event is free of charge to attend. To reserve your place click here.
Open to all South East libraries as staff development/training, this free, carefully curated day will enable direct conversations with theatre-makers, arts organisations and venues, as well as other library services across the South East. The event will focus on connecting library teams looking to host work, with theatre makers creating work for libraries.
Pitch Up is an event hosted by Farnham Maltings as part of the South East venue network touring initiative, house. It’s made up of five-minute presentations from theatre-makers who have made work and want to create more work for libraries, and two to five-minute presentations from libraries or other venues about the work they are interested in programming. Get in touch with Julia to find out more about pitching, or about coming along simply as an attendee. There will also be opportunities to meet local arts organisations and venues.
Pitch Up Libraries will also include a Library Service networking session, and a keynote from Sue Williamson, Arts Council England Director of Libraries.
Who can attend?
- Anyone from a South East library service – with the option to also pitch
- Theatre-makers creating or looking to create work for libraries
- Arts venues, rural touring schemes and arts initiatives connected to or looking to connect to their local libraries
Arrival time for anyone from a library is 12 noon, with a free networking lunch from 12-1pm so please make sure to put that arrival time in your diary and let us know of your dietary requirements by end of January. The afternoon of pitching and networking begins at 1.15pm for all other attendees.
We are keen to see attendees from Library Services across the whole of the South East region and so we are very happy to cover your travel costs. Please complete the attached document and include receipts to be reimbursed.
If you’d like to find out more and to see if this event is right for you, or to let us know that you will be coming, please get in touch with Julia.
We would like as many libraries as possible to present a pitch at Pitch Up Libraries. There’s no commitment to take work; it simply helps open conversations. If you’re interested please get in touch with Julia.
The day includes time to hear pitches and time to meet new people and connect through informal conversations.
Rough structure of the day*:
12:00 – Libraries networking lunch (library staff only)
13:00 – arrivals for familiarisation of space (pitchers only)
13:15 – doors open for non-pitching delegates – with refreshments
13:30 – welcome and introduction to all pitchers – Keynote Speaker Sue Williamson, Arts Council England Director, Libraries
13:45 – pitching session one
14:20 – venue pitches session one
14:30 – break for refreshments and conversations
15:15 – pitching session two
15:50 – venue pitches session two
16:00 – break for refreshments and conversations
17:00 – closing comments
*This could be subject to change
Venue and accessibility
This event will be hosted at Chesham Library, Chesham. It’s a 3-minute walk from Chesham Tube Station at the end of the Metropolitan Line.
The space is wheelchair accessible. All pitches will be amplified and live-captioned by Stagetext. This event will not be interpreted by a BSL interpreter.
If you require additional support or have any additional access requirements, including if you require a Personal Assistant or carer ticket, or BSL interpreter, please let us know by emailing Laura Woodward with as much notice as possible. We will do our best to accommodate your needs but will let you know either way.
Refreshments will be provided, but please bring your own reusable cup for tea and coffee.
Questions: If you have any questions about Pitch Up, including any accessibility requirements you might have, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Laura from the Farnham Maltings / house team.