509 Arts creates connected, participatory, engaging and enthralling work that can be accessed in many ways by people of all ages.  Our practice is rooted in the collection of testimony and stories from the public.

In the past 6 years 509Arts has created theatrical/installation work for major cultural events: My Last Car (written by Sarah Woods, 2011 – 2012) with Warwick Arts Centre and the Cultural Olympiad; and Bike Story (written by Mike Kenny, 2014), commissioned by the Yorkshire Festival for the Grand Depart of the 2014 Tour De France. In 2015 509 Arts partnered with Tipping Point, Arts Admin and Julie’s Bicycle on Coming of Age, a national project highlighting the UK artistic community’s response to climate change during COP21.  In 2016 we created Sing & Louder Sing, a music theatre piece about older men. 

In 2017 we were commissioned by Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale to produce Landlines & Watermarks, an ambitious community inspired cultural project created in response to the Boxing Day Floods of 2015.  Calderland, the folk opera at the heart of the project, won a 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Award.

Our new project The Batley Variationscommissioned by Creative Scene and Batley Business Association, is in development for production in the Autumn of 2018.

 

The Batley Variations (2018)

The Batley Variations is a new community opera, set in a cabaret environment, that will tell tales of a Northern town and its secrets. A showcase of local talent – singers, musicians and performers, The Batley Variations will draw from a rich palette: local heroes and eccentrics, the famous and infamous, the unassuming and the extraordinary, iconic spaces and hidden places.  Find out more…

Sing & Louder Sing (2016)

Sing and Louder Sing is a new production in development about men, ageing and mortality to be written by Mike Kenny and directed by Alan Dix. It has been commissioned by Bradford University and Theatre in the Mill, as part of their celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the University, with support from Arts Council England. Following a successful R&D the show will tour in Spring 2017.  Find out more…

Bike Story (2014)

Bike Story was one of the major commissions of the 2014 Yorkshire Festival. Written by Mike Kenny and inspired by stories from the public, the production celebrated our love affair with the bicycle and toured to 13 outdoor locations – parks, town squares, fields and festival sites – in Yorkshire ahead of the Grand Depart of the Tour de France. Find out more...

Landlines & Watermarks (2017)

Landlines & Watermarks (‘a landscape and a people shaped by water’) was a valley-wide creative response to the devastating Calderdale floods of Boxing Day 2015 and the extraordinary community responses that followed.  Commissioned by Calderdale Council and the Community Foundation for Calderdale, it included Calderland – winner of a 2018 Royal Philharmonic Society Award.   Find out more…

Coming of Age: 21 Reasons to Change the World (2015)

In 2015 509 Arts partnered with Tipping Point, Arts Admin and Julie’s Bicycle on Coming of Age, a national project highlighting the UK artistic community’s response to climate change during the United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP21 – in Paris in 2015.

My Last Car (2012)

Written by Sarah Woods, My Last Car explored climate change and our complex relationship with the motor car.  Part exhibition, part performance and part community celebration, My Last Car was commissioned by imove, Yorkshire’s Cultural Olympiad programme, in partnership with Warwick Arts Centre, Ryedale Folk Museum and Pioneer Projects in Bentham.  Find out more.