Lead Partners


Spike Island is an international centre for the development of contemporary art and design, based in Bristol’s historic harbour area. It is a place where artists and the public can meet, enabling audiences to engage with artists’ research andproduction. Within the 80,000 square foot building, Spike Island offers visitors a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and activities in the central gallery spaces, as well as providing working space for artists, designers and creative businesses.


Bluecoat is Liverpool’s centre for the contemporary arts, supporting and presenting visual art, music, dance, live art and literature, as well as practices that fall in between these categories. In the past few years its gallery programme has shown some of the best UK and international artists and at the same time Bluecoat engages with audiences from the most vulnerable communities. Bluecoat celebrates its 300th anniversary throughout 2017, with 300 days of special programming comprising exhibitions, performances of music, dance and live art, literature events, commissions, a sociologist in residence, and a major heritage participation project, My Bluecoat.


Bush Theatre is a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights in Shepherd’s Bush, West London. It discovers, nurtures and produces the best new playwrights from the widest range of backgrounds, and present their work to the highest possible standards. The Bush Theatre looks for exciting new voices that tell contemporary stories with wit, style and passion, and champions work that is both provocative and entertaining. The Bush Theatre has produced hundreds of ground-breaking premieres since its inception in 1972, many of them Bush Theatre commissions, and hosted guest productions by leading companies and artists from across the world.


Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, one of the world’s foremost new music ensembles, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in the 2017/18 season. Over three decades, BCMG has developed the music of today for the audiences of tomorrow. The ensemble has commissioned over 170 pieces of music from the world’s finest composers and emerging international talent. BCMG was founded by musicians from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in 1987, with Sir Simon Rattle as Founding Patron. Since then, BCMG has reached over 10 million people in concert and through broadcasts. The Group performs regularly at CBSO Centre, Symphony Hall and Town Hall Birmingham, Wigmore Hall in London and at the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival.