Opportunities

Opportunities

Outdoor Arts Development Programme

JOURNEY OUTDOORS

CALLING THEATRE MAKERS, DANCERS, PERFORMERS AND PRODUCERS!

WE ARE OFFERING A NO COST, EXCELLENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY!

A FREE development programme, LEARNING ABOUT THE OUTDOOR ARTS SECTOR AND HOW TO MAKE WORK FOR THE OUTDOORS

INCLUDES ATTENDANCE AND FACILITATED DISCUSSION AT FORTHCOMING OUTDOOR ARTS FESTIVAL

BEGINS THURSDAY 27 JAN

Grimsby-based arts organisation The Culture House has partnered with national outdoor arts support organisation Without Walls  to offer up to ten places on this tailored development programme to artists at any stage of their career and based in North East Lincs or the wider Lincolnshire and Humber region.

Supported by Grimsby Creates as part of The Culture House’s work to support local talent development, Journey Outdoors will draw on wide national sector expertise helping you to understand the world of outdoor arts and what it takes to make it at festivals and events.

The programme will introduce a regional group of emerging artists and existing creators based in Grimsby/Lincolnshire/Humber to the outdoor arts sector, with the aim to increase their understanding as well as empower them to consider how their own practices might sit or be developed further in this particular context.

Key objectives:
– Achieve a good understanding of the outdoor arts sector, including key players, strengths and challenges, conventions, existing networks and structures
– Provide networking opportunities
– See some outdoor work and have facilitated creative discussions

Taking part in the Journey Outdoors programme allows a small cohort to participate in the online Without Walls Discover Programme, which empowers those who are curious about creating work outdoors by offering an understanding of the outdoor arts sector through a unique series of sessions with industry practitioners.

Programme

Journey Outdoors Introductory Session
27th January 2022, 10.30am – 12pm – online

This online session will lay the foundations and introduce the cohort to the outdoor arts sector.
It will include:
An overview of XTRAX and Without Walls, and the range of projects and artists that they are working with through their programme.
An introduction to Outdoor arts, 10 tips and considerations when creating work for outdoors including looking at audience, placement, partnerships and funding.
Insight from a Festival director talking about her experience and what delivering a festival entails.

Welcome meeting (optional)
1st February 2022, 10am – 11am – online
An opportunity to meet the other Discover participants ahead of the sessions.

Discover programme: Meet The Artists
3rd Feb 14:00-15:30 and debrief session 4-4.30pm – online

An opportunity to meet artists and directors who have created and toured work in the outdoor sector for many years. They will share their experience of working at outdoor festivals, transferring work from indoor to outdoor locations and offer top tips to people thinking of working in this exciting sector.
Speakers:
Adam Carver, Fantabulosa, PALAVER! And more
Alison Holder, Producer, Talawa
Andrew Kim, Artistic Director at Thingumajig Theatre
Chair TBC
The participants in the Journey outdoors will also be offered a follow up session at the end of the day to discuss content and ask any questions they may have.

Discover programme: Meet the Festivals
10th Feb 14:00-15:30 and debrief session 4-4.30pm – online

An opportunity to meet some of the leading artistic directors of festivals in the country, gain insight into the programming process and learn how best to present your work and make approaches and relationships.
Speakers:
Charlotte Bowen, Director, The Culture House
Clive Lyttle, Artistic Director, Certain Blacks
Ellie Harris, Executive Producer, FESTIVAL.ORG
Sarah Bird Wild Rumpus (Chair)
The participants in the Journey outdoors will also be offered a follow up session at the end of the day to discuss content and ask any questions they may have.

Discover programme: Producing outdoor work
17th Feb 14:00-15:30 and debrief session 4-4.30pm – online

A practical session providing advice on the rigours of touring, convention when creating outdoor work, managing creation & touring budgets and useful do’s and don’ts.
This session will be delivered in smaller groups, providing a greater opportunity for participants to engage and ask questions relevant to their own work.).
Speakers:
Phil Hargreaves, Independent Producer / The Lead Bradford
Amaya Dent, Independent Producer
Natalie Adams – Executive Director and Joint CEO, Trigger Stuff
Lou Lomas – Independent Producer -Chair

Discover programme: Developing Creative relations & networks (optional)
24th Feb 14:00-15:30 and debrief session 4-4.30pm – online

A session looking at how to develop sustainable and meaningful relationships with potential partners/ collaborators/commissioners/presenters and expand networks both in the UK and internationally.
The outdoor arts scene has partnerships at its heart. Whether we’re talking about artistic creation, funding, commissioning, community engagement or cross sectoral collaborations, there’s a range of people and organisations who create this intricate web which makes thing happen in the public space.
Speakers:
Parminder Dosanjh, Creative Director of Creative Black Country
Helen Marriage, Director of Artichoke
Jane Hytch Imagineer – partnership with engineers
Chair tbc

May 28th and 29th all day – in person

Facilitated discussion and attendance at Outdoor Arts Festival in Grimsby featuring national touring work

A chance to visit an outdoor festival/event in Grimsby presenting outdoor work and engage in creative discussions around creating work for outdoor contexts.
All of the participants will attend a selection of pieces, coming together at the beginning and end of each day to critique and analyse each of the works.
The participants will also have the opportunity to attend a Q&A with some presented artists and gain deeper insights into how those professionals approach their work.