uk arts news: June Outdoor Arts Newsletter: On the Road | GDIF Festival Hub Volunteering Round-Up | In Your Way | Busking in the Brittox | Jobs | Listings

*ISAN Outdoor Arts Newsletter June 2018* Email on fire? Click here for the online version <> Hello… Firstly, we’re glad you’re still with us and not one of the 1654 deleted addresses in the GDPR shenanigans. Quite glad that’s all over. For those still here, in June’s Outdoor Arts Newsletter you’ll find the latest listings, news, jobs and volunteering opportunities from the Outdoor Arts world.
It’s only June and the Wye Valley River Festival has just come to an end, and featured Boudicca, one of the new Articulture commissions by recent ISAN Member The Wheelabouts (pictured above). Great to see that the show is being mentored by Richard Headon from the Desperate Men – we’re looking forward to seeing it at GDIF very soon. We’ve also already said goodbye to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival and the Brighton Festival. Plenty more to come though… see the listings below.
We’re off to Bath this weekend for the first *On the Road* at Bedlam Fair – perhaps Catherine and I will see you at Komedia for Sunday breakfast <> …?
All best, Angus
*Angus MacKechnie* Executive Director | ISAN —————————— Image: *Boudicca *by The Wheelabouts at the Wye Valley River Festival; photo: Clare Adams ISAN ON THE ROAD 2018 ——————————
ISAN ‘On the Road’ is a series of friendly, informal and useful events for the Outdoor Arts sector; you’ll meet new people, make connections and have the chance to exchange news and views. —————————— Full details will follow, but here are the dates for your diary…
*3 Jun BATH: * Bedlam Fair (10am, Komedia: book here <> )
*24 Jun LONDON:* Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
*28 Jul DONCASTER:* DN Festival
*12 Aug GLASGOW:* Merchant City Festival / Surge
*22 Sep REDCAR: * Festival of Thrift
*16 Sep GREAT YARMOUTH: * Out There Festival
*27 Oct BLACKPOOL: * Lightpool Festival
Each event is free to attend, and includes a chance to discover more about the host festival and hear news and opportunities (and perhaps a bit of gossip); there’s an ‘Open Space’ style discussion, excellent goody bags and some nice food too.
We begin with short introductions, so you can expand your contact list and put a few names to faces and share information, news and ideas with fellow producers, programmers and artists. Absolutely anyone with an interest in Outdoor Arts is welcome to come along and we welcome festival volunteers, local artists and practitioners and anyone who might benefit from discovering more about the sector.
The timing is designed around the festival programme, so that artists who are performing that day can come along, but we know it can be a busy time, so please feel free to rock up in costume, do your warm-up and drop in and out at any point – even if it’s just to say a quick hello and grab a croissant. We’ve found that a pre-show breakfast is the most popular slot. In Your Way: A weekend of Outdoor Arts interruptions ——————————
With its inaugural edition on 8 & 9 Sep in Cambridge, *In Your Way* is a new weekend of international performance and installation that interrupts (gets ‘in your way’), is interactive (doing it ‘in your way’) and empowers people to see their city ‘in their way’.
The central project in 2018 is the UK premiere of KHOR II by Dutch-Belgian collective TAAT (Theatre as Architecture Architecture as Theatre) – a Do-It-Together theatrical installation consisting of a large scale building kit which is built over the course of a day by a group of 20 residents that represent the wider population of the city.
The full programme will be announced in Jul, including an artistic exchange and showcase programme for Outdoor Arts professionals supported by Dutch Performing Arts (a programme of the Performing Arts Fund NL) and with support from ISAN. Contact <> to be added to the invitation list.
Produced by Other Ways, a new Cambridge-based collaboration between Artistic Director Daniel Pitt and Executive Director Sarah Crompton. *In Your Way* is a Cambridge Junction Vision Mixers co-production. Follow @InYourWayCambs <> ——————————
Image: TAAT at Amiens, photo: Jim Stephenson *in association with ISAN* Thu 21 Jun – Sun 24 Jun —————————— This summer, GDIF, in association with the ISAN, invites artists, festival directors, programmers, funders and all those with a professional interest in Outdoor Arts to join us in Greenwich at the new *GDIF FESTIVAL HUB*.
The programme will be packed full of useful opportunities to develop skills, reflect on the work of the sector and take advantage of excellent networking opportunities in an informal and friendly atmosphere.
By signing up to the FESTIVAL HUB, you’ll have access to the following activities and delegate-only events over the opening four days of the festival programme:
– *Tea & Toast* – informal morning reflections on the previous day’s festival activities and HUB events, discussions on sector issues and (leisurely!) breakfast networking. – *Nuts & Bolts* – practical sessions for artists, producers and companies on everything from touring know-how, social media tactics, health and safety and commissioning experiences to how to get the best out of R&D. – *Preview Platforms* – following on from last year’s hugely popular experiment, the GDIF ‘Preview Platforms’ return, with a daily work-in-progress sharing offering a chance to see and discuss productions currently in development. – *The HUB Bar* – thanks to our hosts Greenwich Park College, the HUB will be a place where you can hang out in between GDIF shows, meet fellow delegates, and let your hair down at the end of each evening. – *The Outdoor Arts Archive Vault: Female Voices* – a selection of women from the Outdoor Arts sector will be interviewed in front of a small audience. These conversations will be recorded and, in this centenary year of the Representation of the People Act, form a small audio archive of the role, creativity, achievements and ambitions of some of the women working in our field in 2018. – *The Newbie Tour* – if it’s your first time at GDIF, we’ll take you on a quick orientation tour, point out some local highlights and talk about how best to navigate the festival. – *Funding Surgeries* – HUB delegates will be able to sign up for one-to-one finance surgeries with various funding representatives to address your questions, offer guidance and discuss opportunities. – *ISAN On the Road* – Sunday morning will be the first time the informal networking programme hits the capital, with an event focusing on audiences, audience development and making the case for Outdoor Arts. – *Transport Pick-up / Drop-off Point* – we’ll be arranging bespoke transport to make it easier for HUB delegates to get to some of the most exciting GDIF events which this year are in some further-flung destinations beyond Greenwich Town Centre. Buses / escorted group visits will pick up and return delegates to the HUB before and after shows, including to the spectacular UK premiere of *Fly By Night* in Thamesmead on 21 Jun.
CLICK HERE to book your free FESTIVAL HUB place <>
Places may be limited to first-come-first-served depending on demand. Detailed timings and additional activity will be announced nearer the time; an indicative daily schedule is as follows:
*Thu 21 Jun*
– 11am onwards: Registration – 12noon: Welcome Lunch – 2pm-4pm: HUB events including Preview Platforms, Nuts & Bolts, The Outdoor Arts Archive Vault – 2pm-3pm Newbie Tour 1 – 4pm – 8:30pm: HUB events off-site in Thamesmead. – 9pm: *Fly By Night*, Thamesmead
*Fri 22 Jun*
– 11am-2pm: HUB events – 2pm-3pm: Newbie Tour 2 – 2pm onwards: GDIF programme – 8:15pm: Opening Festival Reception
*Sat 23 Jun*
– 11am – 1pm: HUB events – 1pm onwards: GDIF programme
*Sun 24 Jun*
– 11am-1pm: ISAN On The Road + HUB events – 1pm onwards: GDIF programme – 7:30pm: Final HUB celebration
With thanks to London South East Colleges for letting us take over their Greenwich town centre campus for a few days! It’s Outdoor Arts Volunteering Season! ——————————
The sun is shining, the crowds are gathering, and the performers are warming up, which all means one thing- we’re racing into the Outdoor Arts summer season, and with it comes an array of amazing opportunities to get stuck in and Volunteer!
Fancy helping to build the sets for the Timber Festival <>, assist with makeup and costumes at Surge Fest <>, or be a part of the Manchester Day <> parade? Then have a look at our list of exciting volunteering opportunities below.
Give it a go! It’s a great way to have a sneaky peak behind the outdoor arts scenes, develop your creative skills, give back to the community, and make new friends. Plus you’ll see some outstanding performances and events! ——————————
ISACS NETWORK <> 19 Mar-1 Jun / 10 Sep-31 Nov. Assisting the ISACS team with event coordination, planning and supporting online communications. —————————— MANCHESTER DAY <> 17 June. Enthusiastic people needed to play a key role in helping bring the streets to life on Sunday 17 June for Manchester Day. —————————— GREENWICH & DOCKLANDS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL <> 21 Jun-7 Jul. Enthusiastic volunteers needed to make GDIF a truly memorable event. If you enjoy meeting new people, being part of a team and being outdoors this is a great opportunity for you. —————————— WINCHESTER HAT FAIR <> 29 Jun-1 Jul. Be part of the team that makes the UK’s longest running festival of outdoor arts come to life. —————————— IMAGINE WATFORD <> 29 Jun-1 Jul. Festival volunteers play a key role in promoting, looking after performers and providing information. —————————— ICARUS: SOUTHPAW DANCE COMPANY <> June. Be part of a community cast of 60 in this unique, outdoor touring show by Southpaw Dance Company. —————————— LIFT LONDON <> Jun-Jul. Volunteers will gain valuable experience as part of the LIFT team, making connections with theatre companies and performance venues. —————————— SOUTHWESTFEST <> Jun-Jul. In need of great volunteers to help produce this fantastic week long community event in the SW1 area. —————————— GREAT EXHIBITION OF THE NORTH <> Many opportunities to get involved Jun-Sep 2018. —————————— WILDWORKS <> 3-22 Jul. Participant volunteers needed. You don’t need to have done anything similar or any special theatrical skills, you just need to be up for getting stuck in. —————————— TIMBER FESTIVAL <> 6-8 Jul. Artist Liaison, Build Team, Design Team and many other volunteer opportunities. —————————— MILTON KEYNES FESTIVAL FRINGE <> 12-19 Jul. Volunteers needed for an amazing fringe festival this summer. —————————— SURGE FESTIVAL <> 6-12 Aug (Apply by 10 Jul, 5pm). Gain events experience by volunteering for Scotland’s Festival of Physical Performance in Glasgow. —————————— DEVIZES OUTDOOR CELEBRATORY ARTS <> 19-27 Aug. Being a Festival Maker is a great way to gain work experience, add to a CV, give back to the community, build lasting relationships and be part of something really special. —————————— TOTALLY THAMES 2018: SING FOR WATER <> 1-30 Sep (Apply by 31 May). Join 40 of the UK’s best choirs for Sing for Water 2018, an awe inspiring concert raising money for WaterAid in Rwanda. —————————— ISACS NETWORK <> 10 Sep-31 Nov. Volunteers wanted to assist the ISACS team with event coordination, planning and supporting online communications. —————————— INSIDE OUT DORSET <> 14-23 Sep. Team Leaders, Stewards, Front of House volunteers and even volunteer performers wanted for Inside Out Dorset. —————————— ENTELECHY ARTS <> Ongoing. Volunteers needed for Walking Through Walls: an artist led dance, music, storytelling residency programme in London care homes. ——————————
Got a volunteering opportunity to share? Let us know here <> PROCESSIONS ——————————
PROCESSIONS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women.
In 1918, the Representation of the People Act gave the first British women the right to vote and stand for public office. One hundred years on, we are inviting women (*those who identify as women or non-binary)* and girls across the UK to come and mark this historic moment as part of a living portrait of women in the 21st century.
On Sun 10 Jun, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the *PROCESSIONS* will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.
One hundred women artists are being commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary banners for *PROCESSIONS* as part of an extensive public programme of creative workshops. Community banner-making will also take place up and down the country.
*PROCESSIONS *is commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and produced by Artichoke. With support from the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Register your interest: PROCESSIONS <> Calling all buskers: Busking in The Brittox ——————————
*Devizes International Street Arts Festival* *Mon 27 Aug*
DOCA (Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts) produce the International Street Arts Festival on Sun and Mon of the August Bank Holiday each year. In 2017 we had 12,000 visitors to the festival on the Monday alone.
On Mon 27 Aug we are reserving our main pedestrianised street for buskers.
Our plan is to curate a busking programme ensuring we have top quality and varied acts that complement each other performing throughout the day and entertain our enthusiastic visitors.
We are seeking applications from buskers who would like to perform for one or more slots of an hour between 11am and 6pm.
We will promote you on social media and our website. We will actively promote the scheme in our brochure and via our compare on our main stage. We will feed you during your stay in our performers Green Room and offer you discounted tickets to our evening show.
If you would like to apply or would like further information, please contact Loz or James at <>. Outdoor Arts Jobs —————————— PEUT-ÊTRE THEATRE <> General Manager Deadline: 4 Jun —————————— ACROJOU <> Production Manager Deadline: 4 Jun —————————— WALTHAM FOREST LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE 2019 <> Marketing and Communications Manager Deadline: 7 Jun —————————— XTRAX <> Programme Manager Deadline: 11 Jun —————————— CIRQUE BIJOU <> Marketing and Communications Manager Deadline: 14 Jun —————————— WALTHAM FOREST LONDON BOROUGH OF CULTURE 2019 Head of Campaigns & Marketing <> Deadline: 15 Jun —————————— XTRAX <> General Manager Deadline: 15 Jun —————————— DARTINGTON HALL TRUST <> Artistic Director Deadline: 25 Jun —————————— WATFORD PALACE THEATRE <> Casual Technicians Deadline: 31 Jul Applications Open: Global Grooves Future Leaders ——————————
– Are YOU a young Future Leader reading this thinking ‘where do I apply?!’ – Are you a parent, teacher, or friend of someone who you think deserves the opportunity to call themselves a Future Leader?
Future Leaders is an innovative international training programme within the Carnival Arts sector, providing access to professional practice, skills and knowledge within music, dance and visual arts for young artists aged 12-25. The course is free (funded by Arts Council England <>, the National Foundation for Youth Music <> and OMBC <>), with only a small contribution encouraged from each Future Leader, raised through personal sponsorship and entrepreneurial spirit.
*During the programme, young artists will:*
• Enjoy exciting residential training with like-minded artists and industry specialists. • Make new friends, gain confidence, and enjoy exploring their art form with others. • Meet guest speakers and specialists who will share their stories and advice. • Work with an inspirational arts mentor to identify and achieve their goals. • Get connected to a growing international network of driven young artists.
Previous participants benefited greatly from an outstanding array of tutors, workshops, presentations and discussions in a motivating and inspirational format, involving a strong curriculum covering an essential range of genres and approaches to the subject. We believe that investing in the next generation of young artists is crucial to ensuring a happy and healthy arts culture, both locally and globally.
APPLY: GLOBAL GROOVE FUTURE LEADERS <> New ISAN Members —————————— We’re very happy to welcome these recent members to ISAN:
– The Wheelabouts <> – CarnavalesCo <> – Curious Creations <> – Rosie Kay Dance Company <> – Hartlepool Waterfront Festival <> – Creative Seed <> – Tamzen Moulding <> – Charlie Edwards <> – Coda Dance <> – Nearly There Yet <> – Tim Davies Design Ltd <>
—————————— Join the ever-growing ISAN membership and you’ll get the exclusive Member Bulletins, circulating comprehensive details of Outdoor Arts funding, commissions, call-outs and employment opportunities, news from members, useful resources… and sometimes a bit of gossip.
As well as being part of a large network of fellow-Outdoor Arts practitioners, ISAN members have access to ISAN events across the country, advice, guidance and reductions for training from ITC. Our rates are designed to be as inclusive as possible.

If you need a bit of professional development, look no further than the Independent Theatre Council’s excellent courses: —————————— Managing Morale & Communication <> Tuesday 5 June —————————— Creating Contracts for Employees & Freelancers <> Wednesday 6 June —————————— Company Formation & Charitable Status <> Tuesday 12 June —————————— People Management: The Law & the Practicalities <> Tuesday 19 June —————————— Safeguarding for the Performing Arts <> Wednesday 20 June —————————— *If you’re an ISAN Member, you qualify for REDUCED RATES* Details of how to access the discount are in the ISAN Members’ Bulletin.
FULL ITC TRAINING SCHEDULE <> 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 sector.
– Until 3 Jun tête-a-tête, Rastatt, Germany <> – Until 3 Jun Swamp Circus Camp, Cornwall <> – Until 10 Jun Bath Fringe Festival <> – Until 22 Jul LIFT, London <>
– 1-24 Jun Birmingham International Dance Festival <> – 1-3 Jun Stamp! Festival, Hamburg, Germany <> – 1-10 Jun Gandini Juggling Workshops, Manchester <> – 1 Jun-24 Aug *The Tempest*, Oddsocks on tour <> – 2 Jun Celebrating Sanger: Carnival of the Animals, Newbury <> – 2-3 Jun Bedlam Fair, Bath <> – 2-3 Jun Riverside Festival, Leicester <> – 3 Jun Outdoor Arts On the Road: Bath <> – 6 Jun <>

Posted in UK Arts News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.