Founded by theatre maker Alan Dix and based in Bradford, 509 Arts has worked for over 25 years as both a production and consultancy company. It aims to create inspiring and accessible routes for communities and artists through exemplary productions that are relevant to their experiences and life stories. Programmes that have access, participation and engagement at their heart frame much of the company’s work.
Since 2011, 509 Arts has often used testimony to shape creative thinking about subjects that resonate: My Last Car (‘car love meets climate change’) for the Cultural Olympiad, Bike Story (‘life on two wheels’) for the Tour de France Grand Depart (11 outdoor locations, audiences of 2,500) and Landlines & Watermarks (‘a landscape and people shaped by water’) in response to the Calderdale floods. Calderland, the folk opera at the heart of the project,