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ISAN Outdoor Arts Newsletter
October 2016


Welcome to the October Outdoor Arts Newsletter, and even with only 84 days to go until Christmas, there's still a lot more to come this year. Today the Festival of Imagineers takes to the streets of Coventry, there are Sightings in Southwark and fire in Caernarfon – and from next weekend there's lots to see and do at Bournemouth Arts by the Sea.

The Outdoor Arts Ideas Summit 2016

Monday is the deadline for artist and company applications to pitch in the Outdoor Arts Ideas Summit in Bradford at the end of the month. Delegates can register online – it's free and should be a lot of fun. There are also subsidised places for emerging producers and programmers. Full details below.

September Trails

ISAN has been travelling throughout the past month which has seen us in Doncaster, Hull, the Thames, Tàrrega, Great Yarmouth, Hull (again), Derby and Llandudno. Thanks to our final 'ISAN On the Road' hosts, Stephen at Deda in Derby and John, Annie and Sam in Llandudno… above is Chloe Loftus performing her Articulture Wales Commission on the wind-swept Llandudno seafront. We're already thinking about where to take the roadshow in 2017, so do drop us a line with your suggestions.


Below you'll find details of the 'Devoted and Disgruntled' event at the 101 Creation Centre in Newbury, Without Walls and Unlimited Commission details and our extensive Outdoor Arts listings – any more autumn and winter events to add to the list would be most welcome.

Membership seems to be very much on the rise… welcome to the newbies – and we're two away from 200 Members.

All best,

Angus MacKechnie
Executive Director │ISAN

Pic: Chloe Loftus Dance performing at Llawn #4

The Outdoor Arts Ideas Summit 2016

ISAN and The Brick Box

This year we have joined forces with The Brick Box to present the Outdoor Arts Ideas Summit 2016 on 28/29 October in Bradford in the very exciting 'Wild Woods' – actually a reclaimed and transformed department store in Darley Street in the centre of the city.

The Ideas Summit is ISAN's annual pitching session, at which around 30 artists and companies will present ideas for new Outdoor Arts projects and seek commissioners, partners, collaborators, potential bookings and feedback.

Artists & Companies: come and pitch!
Deadline: Mon 3 Oct, 12noon
We are offering presenting artists up to £70 per person (max of two people) towards travel costs and a single hotel room, there will be lunch provided and refreshments during the marketplace, a delegate pack and an invitation to the networking event as well as the shows on Saturday.
To apply: please fill out the short form HERE.

Producers & Programmers: register as a delegate!
Deadline: Thu 27 Oct, 12noon
Registration for the Outdoor Arts Ideas Summit is FREE and includes, lunch, refreshments, delegate pack and an invitation to the networking event and shows to see on Saturday. We'll have a list of reasonable accommodation in due course.
To register: please book your place HERE.

Emerging Producers: apply for a subsidised place!
Deadline: Mon 10 Oct, 12noon

We are offering up to £70 towards travel costs, providing a single night's hotel room and free registration. We welcome applications from all levels of the sector, but we're particularly looking to support emerging producers and programmers, smaller and developing festivals and venues and organisations new to Outdoor Arts.
To apply: please fill out the short form HERE.

Without Walls Commissions 2017

Without Walls invites artists and companies from any discipline to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work for presentation and touring in 2017.

In the past ten years Without Walls has supported the development of over 100 ambitious outdoor shows from UK artists, across a range of art forms and genres, including theatre, dance, circus, visual and audio installations, music, opera, digital and interactive arts and many more. The deadline is 27 Oct.


Unlimited Commissions – the portal opens!

Unlimited is a commissions programme, delivered by ShapeArts and Artsadmin, looking to support commissions for disabled artists and companies that support disabled-led work across all art forms.

Unlimited is looking for quality, innovation and ambition across everything they commission. The application portal opens on Mon 3 Oct, with the deadline on 7 Nov.


Devoted and Disgruntled:
How can we make great Outdoor Arts?

20 Oct 11am-5pm, 101 Creation Centre, Newbury

An invitation from Simon Chatterton, Head of Outdoor Arts, Corn Exchange, Newbury:

"…it would be hard to ignore the way that many of us feel post-referendum – our world seems just that little bit smaller. In the world of Outdoor Arts we are collaborative by nature and international by instinct. We are unbound by bricks and mortar, unlimited by our reliance on text and able to attract new audiences wherever we perform. How do we preserve this vision in our uncertain future and what do we as artists and practitioners have to say about the world and our relationship to it? How can we make work that is relevant, provoking and inspirational, that communicates across the divisions that are becoming ever more apparent?

I’ll be hoping for a glimpse of what the future of Outdoor Arts might look like, where we might find fresh perspectives and directions and how we can create new possibilities for coming generations."

D&D events are run by Improbable and use 'Open Space' following five principles: 

  • Whoever comes are the right people.
Wherever it happens is the right place.

  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. 

  • Whenever it starts is the right time.
When it is over, it is over.


New ISAN Member in the Spotlight:
Daryl Beeton

Read the latest in our series of articles about members of the Outdoor Arts community. Days before his new show 'Bingo Lingo' premieres at the Liberty Festival, Daryl Beeton reveals his circuitous journey into Outdoor Arts via the Paralympic Opening ceremony, working with Graeae, Kazzum and the BBC… and how he likes to steal from children.


Welcome to the latest ISAN Members

We're very pleased to welcome the following members to the ISAN family:

Join the ever-growing ISAN membership and, as well as a fantastic goodie bag, you'll get the exclusive Member Bulletins twice monthly, circulating news from the sector, funding, commissions, call-outs and employment opportunities… and sometimes a bit of gossip.


Hot off the press…


The World Famous 1998-2013

A sumptuous visual celebration of the work of The World Famous: fifteen years of fireworks, fire and performance in one memorable book. With an introduction by Lyn Gardner of The Guardian, it traces the story of a unique collaborative company though breathtaking images, personal stories and recollections.

Juggling Trajectories

Gandini Juggling 1991-2015

Thomas JM Wilson's book maps out the nature and growth of this pioneering and innovative company, covering the breadth of their diverse output, their spectacular outdoor events, virtuoso juggling to music, and theatrically-charged performances.

Outdoor Arts Volunteer Opportunities


If you need a bit of professional training, look no further than the Independent Theatre Council's excellent courses.  The autumn programme is now booking.

If you're an ISAN Member, remember you can book at reduced rates (details of how to access the discount are in the ISAN Members Bulletin).


Outdoor Arts Listings

This list includes festivals, events, performances and programmes which have some element of Outdoor Arts; it also includes conferences, meetings and professional development events, plus the occasional indoor or non-sector event which relates to artists or other parts of the Outdoor Arts world.





Anything to add? Let us know:
View all the Outdoor Arts listings on the ISAN website

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