acta’s free open access quarterly seminar programme provides opportunites to get together to discuss a range of issues currently facing community arts practitioners. Seminars are attended by acta staff, volunteers and participants; academics and students; experienced practitioners from across the sectors of community theatre and community arts; and people interested in learning more.

The seminars are part of the acta programme funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Forthcoming themes will reflect the acta programme, the communities with whom we are making theatre, and how we make change locally, nationally and internationally.

Coming up later this year:

Friday 23 November: Value for money; justifying community theatre in a context of poverty.

Spring 2019 – Wednesday afternoon, date tbc – Why participation?

Summer 2019 – Wednesday afternoon, date tbc – Integration – when is open access best; when should workshops be targeted?

To book a place at this free event, email or call 0117 9532448


Most recent Seminar:


Wholly allianced; what makes a successful partnership?

The seminar took place on Friday 13 July actacentre.

Partnership working is at the heart of community theatre practice, but how can we ensure we do this well?

Guest speakers Dr Anna Farthing and Dr Simon Moreton discuss what makes the best partnerships.

This seminar consisted of short presentations and lots of time for discussion and debate.

Dr Anna Farthing was recently appointed Arts Programme Director for Bristol Hospitals, after more than twenty-five years of experience as a creative producer, project director and consultant in the cultural sector, including performing arts, heritage, museums and festivals.

Dr Simon Moreton is a researcher at UWE Bristol and is based at the Pervasive Media Studio. His interest is in how creative organisations understand and communicate the impact of their activities, and how and why universities are interested in collaborating with them. He is currently collaborating with Watershed Bristol on Network for Creative Enterprise and Creative Producers International, thinking about creative ecosystems, and supporting academics to improve how they communicate their work beyond academia.