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September 2016

Summer tour ends with great weekend at LLAWN#4 with the Independent Street Arts Network

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The Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium tour of three new outdoor works came to an end in September at the sunny and successful LLAWN#4 – Llandudno Arts Weekend.

Timed to coincide, the Independent Street Arts Network (ISAN) Outdoor Arts networking UK tour also arrived in the Welsh seaside town to host an informal networking event, in collaboration with Articulture and LLAWN. This was attended by over 20 people working in, or interested in working in the outdoor arts in Wales.

As with other ISAN tour events, the event included a discussion about issues affecting the outdoor arts sector, the opportunity to share information, events and ideas, the chance to discover more about the host festival, and networking time with fellow producers and programmers and artists. The hot topic at this event – practical rural touring.

ISAN also promoted their upcoming Ideas Summit 2016 in Bradford a few weeks later, ISAN’s annual pitching session in which around 30 artists and companies will present ideas for new Outdoor Arts projects and seek commissioners, partners, collaborators, potential bookings and feedback.

ISAN membership is open to individuals, companies and organisations who actively support the development of outdoor arts in their professional work. Find out more here –


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(Pictured – Run Ragged ‘Baah’, Dripping Tap ‘Webster & Jones: A Pocket Guide to Wales’ and Chloe Loftus Dance ‘An Act of Strangers’) Credits /Sarah Morton/Clare Turner/Mark McNulty)

The challenges of rural programming – bringing BLOCK to Mid Wales

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The weekend of 20 and 21 August, Articulture, the Magic Lantern cinema, Tywyn, and Natural Resources Wales brought the performance ‘BLOCK’ by NoFit State and Motionhouse to four locations in Mid Wales. Here Annie Grundy (Articulture Co-Director and Magic Lantern) shares the process of programming the show, and reflects on what was a challenging but ultimately successful venture, with over a 1000 people enjoying this innovative new production….

At the time of agreeing to book BLOCK all Articulture and the Magic Lantern knew was that it was a collaboration between two fabulous companies – NoFit State circus and Motionhouse dance – both leaders in their fields – and was to be a piece about urban living that involved a set composed of 20 movable blocks.

With the short film footage of the R&D period released, we gained more of an idea of the piece’s visual and physical impact, and began looking for 4 outdoor locations that would contrast with, and provide stunning backdrops for BLOCK.

We scouted venues with NoFit State and came up with the Ysgol Bro Hyddgen playing fields looking down the Dyfi Valley, the estuary and beach at Ynyslas nature reserve, the immense forest at Coed y Brenin visitor centre, and Tywyn Seafront looking out to Cardigan Bay.

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