What is Arts Out West?

We bring high quality professional shows into village and community halls across West Cumbria.

You can always be sure of a warm welcome from our local volunteer promoters who choose, publicise and manage all of our thrilling events.

Each year we stage around 60 performances in community venues from Furness to the Solway, ranging from nationally-recognised theatre companies to international musicians. As much a social occasion as a performance, a good night out is guaranteed!

Several venues also show feature films - on high grade professional equipment - through our partnership with Cine North.

Arts Out West is one of about thirty similar schemes in the UK, and is a member of the National Rural Touring Forum. We are supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation, in partnership with neighbouring rural touring scheme Highlights.

We work with other rural touring schemes across the north of England to develop and support new work; and to bring overseas acts to our venues - we have a particularly strong relationship with Canada.

If you think you might be interested in bringing high quality entertainment to your community, get in touch with Chris to discuss the possibilities - artsoutwest@thekirkgate.com

Arts Out West was formed in 1999 and is currently managed by Artistic Director Chris Bridgman, Administrator Jocelyn West and Marketing Officer Dani Boniface.

We are part of Kirkgate Arts, which also manages the Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth.

Discover our line up of events across the county, featuring the very best of local, national and international artists!