Through Catapult we support volunteers, community organisers and emerging professional artists to take their arts projects to the next level. We give clients the confidence to think big and the tools to achieve more. Each project we support is unique so the service is tailored to the needs of each individual or organisation. We can provide hands on support or mentoring which means we could, for instance, write a funding application on your behalf or support you to write it yourself. Areas of support include but are not limited to:

  • project development and management
  • fundraising
  • financial management
  • evaluation

Whilst The Empty Space's specialism is in theatre our Associate Producers' experience across a range of arts forms means that we can support projects focused on theatre, dance, visual arts, live art, literature, spoken word, community arts, and festivals.

To take the first steps towards turning your big idea into reality come to one of our free Inspiration Sessions or arrange a free one to one advice session by emailing

Catapult is a new service introduced in July 2017 - we will post case studies to this page as soon as we have some.



Tuesday 18th July 2017  7pm for a 7.15pm start
Holmeside Coffee, 27-28 Holmeside, Sunderland, SR1 3JE

Thursday 20th July 2017  6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
Ashington Life Centre, 104 Station Road, Ashington, NE63 8RN

Both venues are fully accessible. Drinks and nibbles will be provided.

Inspiration Sessions include a 20 minute presentation and a 40 minute question and answer session. We'll be around for an hour after the Q&A and you're very welcome to stay and chat with us and each other about your projects.

You don't need to sign up for the sessions and can just turn up on the day but if you can it would help us to plan catering if you could drop a quick email to to let us know you're coming.