Our Mission Statement

We are Relay Community Arts CIC, an arts organisation working for and with local people within the Liverpool City Region. Using storytelling, alongside other creative outlets, we work collaboratively with communities to celebrate and share the spaces we call home.


We offer a space to raise local issues and explore creative ways to instigate practical solutions to these, allowing improvement to continue into the future. We recognise that art can be used not only for celebration and recreation, but also to encourage real change in our communities.


Relay Community Arts aims to provide sustainable creative engagement, sharing skills that can continue to be developed and utilised once a project has ended. We strive to be a creative foundation, passing the baton for long lasting community wellbeing across Merseyside.

Our Team

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Ailis Lord - Artistic Director


Ailis is a trained drama facilitator and director having graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts with a First Class degree in Applied Theatre and Community Drama in 2020.

Ailis has worked with a variety of communities across Merseyside, specialising in youth work. Alongside working within schools and youth clubs, she has also worked with adults within the prison system as well as becoming the director of her own LGBTQ+ theatre company.

Some of her professional credits include: Director (Transcend Theatre), Assistant Youth Theatre Director (Collective Encounters), Youth Outreach Worker (Writing on the Wall), Sessional Drama Facilitator (Sefton Young Carers).

With a keen interest in theatre with a social purpose, Ailis works with communities to tell stories of identity and place. She is very excited to continue this work with Relay Community Arts.

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Emma Dyson - Creative Producer

Emma is a Community Arts Practitioner and Producer based in Liverpool who creates work celebrating community, and aims to collaboratively create a positive change within the local area.


Emma recently graduated from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a First Class Degree in Applied Theatre and Community Drama, where she specialised cross-community celebratory performance.

Outdoor, site-specific and festival work really interests Emma. She aspires to produce public Outdoor Arts events, that have a focus on participatory elements.

Some of her professional credits include Producer and Community Consultant (Tmesis Theatre), Pastoral Support (Collective Encounters) Outreach project, and Assistant Director (Collective Encounters Youth Theatre).

She can't wait to work with communities as Relay Community Arts!

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