Over 25th and 26th February 2016 The Stove Network co-produced and hosted a national summit called Art_Inbetween about integrated arts practice in rural regions. The summit attracted participants from all around the British Isles including invited teams from Scottish Highlands, Northumberland and South Wales. Art_Inbetween consisted of a series of structured conversations on 6 topics which supported artists, art professionals, academics and other stakeholders in art practice to share ideas and experience, listen to others and shape new ideas collaboratively.
‘Towns, villages and other rural places provide a different challenge for artists and arts organisations. By necessity, the arts in rural regions often operate in an innovative, integrated and inbetween way – with the arts acting as a bridge between other forces at work in a place. In understanding the present and future value of the arts in society, there is a need to recognise, re-articulate and explore the distinctiveness of the contemporary rural arts scene. Art_Inbetween is an arts-led summit for people working in smaller places to come together to share experience, knowledge and dreams in a creative and useful environment.’ – Art_Inbetween Summit pack