The Impact of the ATN: Building an Appetite in Stoke-On-Trent through taster tours


Taster tour

Wet Picnic performing The Lift

Without Walls is approaching the end of its first three-year strategic touring project and we would like to look back at the ATN and highlight the lasting impact of the project.

Since joining the Associate Touring Network in 2014, Appetite has delivered some of its audience development programme in partnership with the local radio station. In 2014, the station’s Breakfast Show interviewed artists that were part of the festival, and in 2015, this partnership produced the Big Feast Taster Tour.

Taking place prior to the main festival, the Big Feast Taster Tour took much of the Appetite programme directly into five areas of low engagement and areas that had not previously experienced Appetite activity. The radio station promoted the tour to its listeners, giving audiences the opportunity to sample bite-sized arts projects and to find out more about The Big Feast and the work of Appetite.

Great, accessible outdoor art was a part of this scheme, with Without Wall company Wet Picnic and our friends and Funny Peculiar and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners all highlighting the suitability of this type of work for audience engagement and outreach programmes.

Appetite has received further funding from Arts Council England and will continue to transform arts activity and involvement and will get more people engaged in the arts.