a three-year project supporting communities in Buckinghamshire to commission and present live performance

Our ambition is to support communities in Buckinghamshire to develop the confidence, experience and networks to bring live performance to venues across the county.

We’ve supported the presentation of live performance in non-theatre spaces from village halls to festivals. With Buckinghamshire Libraries we presented a sell-out tour of The Goose Who Flew by Half Moon Theatre, and The Anarchist’s Mobile Library by Tessa Bide Productions, an interactive online story.

We've also been supporting local artists through advice on projects and funding applications.

You can find out about the projects we've commissioned so far below.

This project is generously supported by the Rothschild Foundation.

Untracked by Oran Doyle

Amersham Museum Residency and Commission

We are delighted to announce that Oran Doyle has been appointed as commissioned artist for Amersham Museum, as part of a three-year partnership between Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Farnham Maltings, funded by the Rothschild Foundation.

Woman on her knees on the floor in a purple lit room and papers thrown around her on the floor.
Credit: Anthony Hollis

Oran was selected from a call out inviting artists to work with those aged 30 and under, to creatively capture and present recollections and stories about Amersham from a diverse range of local people who have been born since it opened, 30 years ago, in 1991.

As a creative that lives and works out of Chesham, Buckinghamshire, Oran is eager to work with communities that have an attachment and affiliation to Amersham and the surrounding areas, to hear their stories and experience their ‘ownership of place’.

For his project Untracked, Oran will work with young people to record stories and co-create a walking tour and map that will become part of the Museum’s collection and visitor experience. He will ask participants “How does place play a role within a community’s life?” and “What does it mean to be part of a community?”. Through bringing together different groups he hopes to weave a story that collectively reflects the uniqueness of Amersham and what it means to those who live there.

Oran Doyle said “I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with Amersham Museum, Essex Cultural Diversity Project and Farnham Maltings on this exciting new commission based in Amersham. Being local to the area I know the importance of organisations such as Amersham Museum and the power they have to engage and ignite passions in their local community. Through this commission, I hope to be able to work with some exciting and diverse groups of people to tell stories of Amersham that aren’t usually heard or readily available and bring them to audiences across the whole of Amersham!

Emily Toettcher, Director of Amersham Museum added “We are absolutely delighted that Oran is going to be working on Untracked at Amersham Museum. It’s really important to us that we record the voices of young people in our community and document their experiences of growing up here. Their collected stories will form part of our archive and Oran’s creative outcomes will reinterpret the local landscape through the eyes of young people

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A head-shot of Katy Snelling looking away

If you’d like to find out more about the Buckinghamshire project or get involved, then please contact Katy.

Katy Snelling

Buckinghamshire Community Touring Producer