About Slate

Black. Arts. World.

Welcome to Slate – a new international programme, in the North of England, that will support thousands of Black Independent Artists by increasing access to local, national and international networks.

Developed and delivered by the Black arts sector in the North, Slate is funded by an Arts Council England Sustained Theatre Award.

The Enablers

Slate is delivered by 6 brilliant individuals, based across the region.

The Enablers are here to support Black artists to access the range of opportunities available in the next three years spanning:

  • Training
  • Commissions
  • Play pots
  • Residencies
  • Retreats
  • Group workshops
  • Production support
  • Marketing / PR

As well as representing the programme and the artists we support on an international platform.

We’re right at the beginning and picking up speed fast – if you are an artist looking for support, sign up to our mailing list or contact the Enabler in your area here to find out what’s coming up next.

Slate is a consortia of 11 organisations: ARC Stockton, Hull Truck, Oxford Playhouse, British Council, Bradford City Council, York Theatre Royal, Pilot Theatre, Live Theatre, Unity Theatre, HOME MCR, Forced Entertainment and East St Arts

Support Us

How can you help us?

We have an amazing opportunity to bring about substantial change, but we need your help to do this.

Eclipse is a charity and over the next three years we need to raise £150,000 to achieve our ambitious aims. Any donation that you can give, large or small, will be appreciated and will help to support this work.

If you donate now, one of our generous funders, Arts Council England, has offered to match your gift with a donation of the same amount – doubling whatever you give.

Please support us and become part of the Eclipse revolution!

Dawn Walton,
Artistic Director

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Slate Events

Upcoming Slate Socials

Slate Social is a place to meet other Black* artists. Whatever art form you're working in, whether you're starting out or an old hand, this space is for you!


Slate Social in Newcastle - Thursday 15 February 2018

Slate Social in York - Saturday 24 February 2018

Slate Social in Hull - Thursday 1 March 2018

Slate Social in Newcastle - Thursday 15 March 2018


Upcoming Slate Drop-Ins

Slate Drop-Ins are an opportunity for Black* artists to meet up with their local Enabler. You might have an idea or be looking for an opportunity, or simply find out more about Slate; whatever your situation, come and have a chat.


Slate Drop-In in Stockton - Friday 20 April 2018

Slate Drop-In in Stockton -  Tuesday 8 May 2018

Slate Drop-In in Stockton - Tuesday 12 June 2018

Slate Drop-In in Stockton - Tuesday 10 July 2018