The Culture Chain Podcast: Episode 3

This is the third episode of a five-part podcast series called The Culture Chain. In these podcasts, recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic, dramaturg Lou Cope hosts a series of conversations with four of the key groups that make up the dance sector’s cultural food chain - namely artists, producers, programmers and funders. 

Vicki Hargreaves, Cheryl Pierce and Ian Morley

In Episode 3 of The Culture Chain Lou talks to three venue programmers about how they support artists, ways in which they like artists to approach them, and what they themselves can do to improve the way the dance sector functions.

These programmers are:

Cheryl Pierce

Cheryl is the Head of Performing Arts and Learning for Creative Folkestone; a visionary arts charity that believe everyone is creative, and that creativity has the power to change people and places for the better. Creative Folkestone enables people’s creativity to flourish, enriching the town and those who live in or visit it.

They look after five projects: Folkestone Artworks, Folkestone Book Festival, Creative Quarter, Folkestone Triennial and Quarterhouse. 

Folkstond Quarterhouse’s website

Ian Morley 

Ian is the Head of Programming and Artist Development at the Civic; a small to mid-scale arts centre located in the Centre of Barnsley, South Yorkshire. The Civic programmes a varied and dynamic cross section of visual and performance art alongside their dedicated artist development programme. They commission and co-commission new work and actively seek partners and artists to work with in our region. 

Barnsley Civic’s website 

Vicki Hargreaves 

Vicki Hargreaves is the Artist Development Producer for The Point Theatre a multi-art form venue in Eastleigh Hampshire. Vicki has worked for the organisation for 12 years, alongside her portfolio career as a maker, arts manager and facilitator. The Point is owned and managed by Eastleigh Borough Council and has been operating as an Arts Centre since 1996 becoming an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2015. 

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Hosted by Lou Cope.
Concept and Curation: Lou Cope and Janine Fletcher.
Produced by Janine Fletcher for South East Dance.
Music by Kristian Steffes.

These podcasts were originally created as part of The Red Line sessions, funded via South East Dance and Jerwood Charitable Foundation Dramaturg in Residence programme.