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David Agnew


A multi-year grant totalling £201,000

David received his Breakthrough grant when he was Director of Bury Metropolitan Arts Association (The Met) in Bury just outside Manchester. The grant allowed him to leave this role in order to set up So It Is, an independent producing company committed to developing projects that connect new work to audiences across theatre and music, venues and festivals, with a focus on the North West. As Director of So It Is, David continued to undertake a consultant role as Artistic Director of the Met with whom he also co-produces the Head for the Hills Festival in Ramsbottom, and has led the Arts Council England Strategic Touring funded Smaller Rooms initiative. He has co-produced The Lost Carnival, an original outdoor family project, with Wild Rumpus, and has initiated the Manchester Folk Festival, a So It Is project produced in partnership with HOME and the English Folk Expo, now in its third iteration in 2019. David’s Breakthrough grant concludes in winter 2019.

The Lost Carnival, produced by So It Is & Wild Rumpus (Image: Brett Harkness)