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For the love of it

What is FLOI?

FLOI is an acronym for “For the Love Of It”

For the Love Of It is a weekend gathering of outdoor artists, companies, producers, bookers and makers, usually held in around early March. It is a movable feast that travels around the country, though in more recent years alternating roaming with hosting at home base – 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space in Newbury. 

Although we do not advocate artists working for no money, FLOI represents something crucial that is separate to the financial side of our work, of fundraising and getting gigs. The weekend acts as our collective pre season reminder to ourselves. A chance to share inspiration with each other and to reconnect with why we do what we do, because we love it so.

The last 3 years (2018-2020) we have welcomed over 50 participants plus guest artists and speakers. There is always a theme to instigate and provoke a response (listed below with locations). 2021 will be the first year we don’t gather in person in 10 years. But we are determined to keep up the Spirit of FLOI. 

 

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The Annual Gathering

The gatherings are informal and fun, relaxed and creative. Everyone who comes along is invited to participate – give a talk, make a presentation, share a skill, run a workshop, help with the cooking, present part of a show or a work-in-progress.


It all happens in 48 hours spent together. Key to this is that we eat and drink together. As with all outdoor events people are free to vote with their feet. We programme several sessions to run simultaneously, one or two practical sessions alongside more talky / listeny ones.


The schedule is literally comprised of attendees, with one or two special guest artists and speakers.

See our Videos page to catch up on some of these. 

AGM

As part of FLOI we run the NASA UK Annual Congregation + General Meeting where our Chair (Paschale Straiton), Treasurer (Sue Auty), and Secretary (formerly Kim Tilbrook, now Sophia Knox-Miller) update members and guests on ongoing projects, governance and finances.

Members get to nominate and vote Steering Group members on (and off if leaving – a constitutional requirement) and into particular job roles.

 

If you are keen to read AGM minutes or find out who it was who said that thing last time then drop us a line.

 

Got any snaps or memories of FLOI you’d like to share? Do get in touch. 
floi@nasauk.org

The origins of FLOI

FLOI was started by Chris Squire (Impossible Arts) and Pete Gunson (PifPaf). After their first two events they started working with NASA UK to develop the event, idea, and concept. Garth Williams (Safety Catch Theatre) stepped in to fill Pete’s steel toe boots in 2015 on behalf of the NASA steering group, also documenting the event in photos & videos. Chris has since joined the steering group in 2017. FLOI is supported by steering group members.

2020

FLOI last happened just before Lockdown in March 2020. Read up on what happened there in our report. 
For the Love Of It 2020 – The 2020 gathering digest

The origins of FLOI

FLOI was started by Chris Squire (Impossible Arts) and Pete Gunson (PifPaf). After their first two events they started working with NASA UK to develop the event, idea, and concept. Garth Williams (Safety Catch Theatre) stepped in to fill Pete’s steel toe boots in 2015 on behalf of the NASA steering group, also documenting the event in photos & videos. Chris has since joined the steering group in 2017. FLOI is supported by steering group members.

2020

FLOI last happened just before Lockdown. Read up on what happened in our report.
For the Love Of It 2020 – The 2020 gathering digest

FLOI Themes and Locations

  • 2020  – Boundary – Cobden Works, Salford 
  • 2019  – Located – 101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury
  • 2018  – Method –  Cobden Works, Salford
  • 2017  – Opposition – 101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury
  • 2016  – Inspiration – The Watershed, Slaithwaite
  • 2015  – Magic Marvel Mystery – 101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury
  • 2014 – Public Realm – Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2013  – The Love Of It – The College Project, Bristol
  • 2012 – Cooking up Ideas –The Lanternhouse, Cumbria
  • 2011 – Ambition – The Watershed, Slaithwaite
  • 2010 – Collaboration –The Watershed, Slaithwaite

FLOI Themes and Locations

  • 2020  – Boundary – Cobden Works, Salford 
  • 2019  – Located – 101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury
  • 2018  – Method –  Cobden Works, Salford
  • 2017  – Opposition – 101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury
  • 2016  – Inspiration – The Watershed, Slaithwaite
  • 2015  – Magic Marvel Mystery – 101 Outdoor Arts, Newbury
  • 2014 – Public Realm – Appetite in Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2013  – The Love Of It – The College Project, Bristol
  • 2012 – Cooking up Ideas –The Lanternhouse, Cumbria
  • 2011 – Ambition – The Watershed, Slaithwaite
  • 2010 – Collaboration –The Watershed, Slaithwaite

Highlights from For the Love Of It, including Hilary Westlake’s guest artist talk from 2020. There’s more on our Videos page. 

The cost of FLOI

FLOI is kept very low in price (£35 early bird NASA member – to £50 late bird non member) at a point in the season when people often have little in the bank. Costs include all workshops, food and refreshments (other than bar), but not accommodation. We endeavour to make accommodation afforable and to pool travel and accommodation to reduce costs wherever possible. There is a £10 discount for NASA members, making NASA membership worth half it’s weight in FLOI.