THE arts organisation responsible for developing rural and community arts provision in North Devon and Torridge is on the look out for new groups and people to work with. Beaford Arts is the UK s longest running rural arts organisation, working from its b

THE arts organisation responsible for developing rural and community arts provision in North Devon and Torridge is on the look out for new groups and people to work with.

Beaford Arts is the UK's longest running rural arts organisation, working from its base at Greenwarren House in Beaford for more than 40 years.

Although it occasionally holds live arts events at Greenwarren House, Beaford Arts is responsible for organising events out in the communities, across 920 sq miles of North Devon and Torridge, which is the North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Any communities or voluntary groups, or even individuals, within this area can get involved with Beaford Arts to bring professional arts events, including theatre, music, comedy, dance and children's shows, to their village or town.

Venues have traditionally been village halls, but any venue which can accommodate between 50 - 100 people can be considered. In the past Beaford events have been held in schools, barns, churches, country houses, coffee shops, pubs or even in an outdoor location, such as a field or village square.

Beaford Arts programming and events manager Hannah Ashwell sources the various events and aims to find a wide variety which will suit the different locations.

She keeps an eye on what's happening across the country with the performing arts and each year she goes to the Edinburgh Festival where she is able to view the newest and best shows around and then book them to appear in north Devon.

She said: "Our job at Beaford is to use our funds to help support communities to present professional arts events. We have expertise in programming and provide a range of support including ticket sales and marketing and we can make a complex process quite simple. It means the cost to you can be nothing at all except your time and energy."

Newport and Bishops Tawton promoter the Reverend Paul Niemiec said: "Quality partnerships make for quality life, better still if they include friendship, music joy and laughter. Such has been our experience of partnering with Beaford and many wonderful musicians.

"The fact the arrangements, infrastructure and administration have been so easy has been a massive bonus."

To find out more about becoming a promoter for Beaford Arts call Hannah Ashwell on 01805 603201 or e-mail her on hannah@beaford-arts.org.uk

Find out more about Beaford Arts by going to the website www.beaford-arts.org.uk