The Artists' Network

The Artists' Network is a digital and physical collection of artists. It is open access - it brings together the “I”s to make a “we”, it turns acquaintances into friends and competition into collaborators.

We send a bi-weekly e-newsletter and your one-stop-shop for all artist development opportunities across the region. Email igc@derby.ac.uk to join. See back issues of our network here.

As a local artist who is a member of the Artists' Network you are welcome to request a 1-2-1 mentoring session with one of our programme producers. 


Have a read of the press release for the announcement IGC commissions here.

Tamasha Theatre - Introduction to Playwriting Short Course

A 3 weekend intensive course for writers of colour (BAME) of all abilities.

It is specifically aimed at people who have been put off writing, for whatever reason, or are looking to transition into writing plays.

Download the Call Out and Application Details


Have a read of the latest ICG Blogs-

A Letter Of Thanks 

Vanessa Mcaulay's Package Holiday blog.

Hang Out Happenings

Socials: In Good Company knows that it can be lonely being an artist, so we’re committed to providing you with opportunities to connect – about art, but also just the stuff of life. Come hang out with us and each other. From drinks to dancing and picnics to day trips keep watching the IGC calendar for upcoming socials.

Artist Lucky Dip

Feeling adventurous? Artist Lucky Dip is for the bold. IGC pairs you with a fellow artist, suggests a random location and you take each other on an artistic adventure. Document your discoveries using #IGCartistluckydip and feed our regular blog feature about stepping outside your comfort zone and making new connections. ***Email Dan if you'd like to try your hand at a lucky dip***

Pay What You Think

Support touring work at a price you can afford with our Pay What You Think artists’ scheme. Pay What You Think is available for all Derby Theatre Studio shows from 1 hour before the performance. Check the Newsletter for the booking code.

Previous and ongoing IGC opportunities

  • Regular residencies at The HopBarn, a countryside artistic residency with on-site accommodation in Nottinghamshire. This is an ongoing relationship and we hope to be able to offer more residencies soon. Residecnies so far have focused on the use of music in performance and providing opportunities for people of colour.
  • Supporting young artists to attend the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for the first time, in collaboration with Nonsuch Theatre
  • Rapid Response. An opportunity for writers to respond to new work produced by Derby Theatre and have their own new writing staged
  • Playshuffle. An open-mic play reading night for writers and actors hosted once a season. Find details about the next Playshuffle here.
  • Transit, an opportunity for Mid-career artists to build relationships with Derby Theatre, The BikeShed, Exeter and Arc, Stockton by receiving six weeks of rehearsal space between the three venues and touring the finished the show.
  • Commissions for mid-career artists of £5500
  • Meet the venues. A speed dating opportunity for artists and venues to meet each other
  • Artist Skill Swapping days, where artists swap skills and knowledge
  • A Nation’s Theatre, a national event led by Battersea Arts Centre and The Guardian showcasing regional artists in London
  • Bring-an-artist tickets, where programmers are encouraged to pay for their tickets to departure lounge in return for getting a free ticket for an artist.

'The Departure Lounge Package holiday as whole experience has helped me to ‘find my voice’ not only as a theatre maker and performer, but by supporting me and providing time and space for me to think about what I want to say and how I want to say it, for that I’m very thankful.' Vanessa Macaulay, Package Holiday recipient 2017 



We have an ever-growing collection of artist resources designed to help you find the information you need. Please have a look through the resources on offer and if you can’t find what you’re looking for do let us know, and we might be able to point you in the right direction.  The In Good Company team are always here to answer specific questions or talk through your projects, but do check our resources first. Of course if you can’t find what you’re looking for you can arrange a 1-2-1 mentoring meeting by emailing igc@derby.ac.uk

Have a look at these useful resources:

How to make a tour pack

Budgets - Touring Budgets or Under 15k Budgets Arts Council Example Budget 

New writing offer

 Thinking about starting a scratch night? We've made some useful guidelines on how to produce just that. See here 

Rehearsal Space - Artists can book our rehearsal space for free. Please check availability  here  and read the Green Lane Information Pack for instructions on how to book.

University of Derby Student? Found out about how we can support you and what opportunties there are for you here

house website resources -house theatre have a range of brilliant resources from touring information, marketing tips and technical know-how so we recommend checking out their resources page. (Orignially commissioned for house) 

Venues North - infomation oh how to engage with venues in the north

 Tourbookfind venues and audiences you never knew existed and make new connections in places near and far.