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Apply now – Outdoor Arts Bursaries – Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2018

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Bursaries are available for Wales based artists and arts organisations interested in or working in outdoor arts, to see new work, network, and attend professional sessions at leading outdoor arts event the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival.

This also includes the opportunity to take part in the GDIF Festival Hub, hosted by the Independent Street Arts Network, with a packed programme of professional networking and development activities.

It’s simple to apply – download details here

Deadline – Friday 18 May.

The bursaries cover the period from Fri 22 – Sun 24 June, when the Festival launches, and the Hub is active, with Articulture informally hosting successful bursary applicants for the weekend in the heart of Greenwich, London (note the Hub is active from Thurs 21 if you wish go earlier, but the Articulture hosted visit will not commence until the Fri)

The aim of the bursaries is to help create a wider arena of sharing, connections and collaborations for the development of outdoor arts in Wales, as well as to ensure a distinct Welsh presence at this leading international event.

The bursaries are funded by the Arts Council of Wales.

Photo: The Colour of Light @ GDIF 2017 by Compagnie Off – Ed Simmons

Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium – New work starts tour from July 2018

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Grow‘ by Kapow and ‘Boudicca‘ by The Wheelabouts start their Wales tour this July, starting at Dance Days Swansea. They will then be available for further bookings across the UK.Commissioned by Wales Outdoor Arts Commissioning Consortium (WOAC). Supported by the Arts Council Of Wales.

Tour dates 2018 –

Taliesin Art Centre, Swansea – Dance Days – 8 July

The Riverfront, Newport – Big Splash – 21- 22 July

The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff – 3 – 11 August

Theatre Bycheiniog, Brecon – Family Festival – 11 – 12 August

Theatre Hafren, Newtown – 1 – 2 September

Festival No.6, Portmeirion – 6 – 9 September

LLAWN, Llandudno – 15 – 16 September


Early bird tickets until 22 Jan – National Outdoor Arts Gathering Wales

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Missed the early bird deadline to get your National Outdoor Arts Gathering Wales tickets? No worries! Deadline 22 Jan.

Need financial support to attend? Final few bursaries are still available.

Full info/Book –

This time the Outdoor Arts Gathering Wales is on 9/10 March in Aberystwyth. Its a great opportunity for those who create or are interested in creating live art outdoors in Wales, and beyond.

Join other outdoor art practitioners, funders, festivals, land managers, and venues, to network, celebrate, share ideas and forge new projects and partnerships.

This includes street theatre, carnival, procession, puppetry, circus, and arts installation, on the streets and out on the hills, forests, beaches, and castles.

New Outdoor Arts commissions for 2018 announced

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Articulture, in collaboration with Wales Outdoor Arts Commissioning Consortium (WOAC), are excited to announce two new commissioned pieces of work for presentation at seven tour dates across Wales in 2018.

Tour dates will be announced online and via the Articulture newsletter soon.

Grow‘ by Kapow

A physical dance theatre work by artists Eithne Kane and Beth Powlesland.

Grow‘ will be a lively, energetic look at the ideas of nurture, environment and the power of nature to rejuvenate, take over spaces and grow through the cracks. It is a playful and touching account of what we need in order to thrive and it champions our connection to the environment and the outdoors as a source of nourishment. It is an antidote to us all being increasingly absorbed by screens.

Boudicca‘ by Helen Clyro and Rob Hill (‘The Wheel-Abouts’)

A mobile make created around the artist’s mobility scooter. ‘Boudicca’s Chariot’, will be complete with mechanical puppet horses, props, costume, PA and performance.

Boudicca (or Boadicea) was head of the Celtic Iceni tribe during the Roman occupation of England. This version of the story will show our vengeful warrior, bent on seeking out and ‘punishing’ all Romans!

As Helen and Rob explain – “Using a wheelchair, has never stopped Helen’s work as a performer. In wanting to remain in the world of outdoor and street theatre, we have adapted the idea of the walkabout into what we are calling the ‘Wheel-about’”.

Part puppetry, part sculpture and part performance, ‘Boudicca’ will be an exciting and innovative platform with great scope for audience participation, comic improvisation and performance.

Photos ‘The Phoenix – Credit/ Helen Clyro & ‘Kapow’ – Credit/ Kapow

Book now – National Outdoor Arts Gathering Wales, 9 – 10 March 2018

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National Outdoor Arts Gathering for Wales – Fri 9 & Sat 10 March 2018, Aberystwyth

Interested in the creation of live art outdoors in Wales and beyond?

Join other outdoor art practitioners, funders, festivals, land managers and venues to network, share ideas and forge new projects and partnerships.

Full info/ Book –

Five years on from Wales’ first gathering, come and celebrate a vibrant and growing movement.
Together we can …

  • Get inspired by extraordinary work, talks, and workshops
  • Feast in an old Coliseum Theatre,
  • Pitch in to collaboratively plan the future
  • Get out into the great outdoors of Wales’ castles, mountains and beaches!

Practitioners from all art forms are welcome, including street theatre, carnival, procession, puppetry, circus and arts installation.

The Gathering is presented by Articulture in partnership with a team of people and organisations passionate about live art outdoors, including the Arts Council of Wales, Independent Street Arts Network, National Theatre Wales, Migrations, Natural Resources Wales, NoFit State Circus, Citrus Arts, Cadw, Taliesin Arts Centre, The Riverfront, Arad Goch, Irish Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle Network and Visit Wales.

* Bursaries to attend
* Book before 20 Dec for early bird discounts
* Download invitation here

Call for outdoor arts commissions 2018

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Commissions and touring opportunities for new outdoor work in 2018.

Articulture, in collaboration with a consortium of leading arts organisations, invites artists and arts companies based in Wales from any discipline to request support for the creation and delivery of new outdoor work for presentation and touring to up to seven locations in 2018.

Download information and application form here

Deadline 30 November 2017

Get inspired – see previous commissions by Articulture and the Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium here

Guest artist blog – If you go down in the woods today…

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This year Amelia Chewy, an artist based in South Wales was awarded an Articulture bursary to support time developing new work with performance poet Rufus Mufasa, including ideas from their combined Hiphop practice to create a new outdoor performance piece. Here she reports back.

It was a real treat to spend a day in the woods with my good friend and co-conspirator Rufus Mufasa. We’ve begun lots of chats about developing our combined practice, but life always cuts them short.

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New £1m+ UK outdoor arts creative hub offers autumn masterclasses

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Coinciding with Walk the Plank’s 25th anniversary is the opening of their new £1m+ outdoor arts creative hub – ‘Cobden Works’ in Salford.

This autumn they are offering the opportunity to gain inspiration and skills from internationally renowned makers, designers and participatory artists through a series of masterclasses designed for artists and creatives interested in outdoor arts practice. These are inspired and made possible as part of their work in creating Manchester Day in collaboration with Manchester City Council.

There are seven masterclasses available. For full information and booking (recommend early to avoid disappointment) visit –

Photo: ′Learning’ – Credit/Walk the Plank

International Street Arts Network UK Conference: Critical Mass – 27-28 Nov, Milton Keynes

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The UK’s key outdoor arts biennial event – ISAN hosts its Critical Mass: the National Outdoor Arts Conference this November in Milton Keynes.

Join the Articulture team as they head to this essential meeting point for everyone involved in Outdoor Arts in the UK and Ireland, from artists, companies, technicians and producers to local authorities, agencies, venues and funding bodies.

Bursaries for ‘Fresh Faces’ 

To encourage new people to attend, ISAN are offering 25 subsidised ‘Fresh Faces’ places for first-time attendees.  To apply for a subsidised place, please click through to their application form –  its a simple process, and you’ll need to have someone available to support your application. Deadline 20 September.

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Guest artist blog – Forging a cross country creative relationship and new work for Troublemakers Festival

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This year Samantha O’Rourke, a theatre maker based in North Wales (pictured above far left), was awarded an Articulture bursary to support her work with South Wales based Volcano Theatre, building her relationship with the company and delivering a commission as part of Volcano Theatre’s Troublemakers Festival in Swansea.

The Troublemakers Festival focuses on changing the landscape of Swansea high street with site specific outdoor art and theatre. Samantha’s piece focused on local women’s right campaigner Emily Phipps and explored her contributions to the local community, as well as highlighting the wider national struggle for the women’s vote. Here her account of how the bursary support was useful in forging creative relationships and creating work across North and South Wales.

I was thrilled to receive support from Articulture with my recent project entitled ‘No Persons Only Women’, a commission from Volcano Theatre and Swansea Women’s Institute about local headteacher and suffragette Emily Phipps.

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