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Arts directors/programmers to hold strategic outdoor arts meet Dec 2014

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Drawing together the threads of conversations over the past couple of years, Articulture will be hosting an informal strategic meeting for Arts Directors and Programmers from arts venues and festivals across Wales in early December at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

The aim of this meeting is to collectively look at the development of outdoor arts in Wales, and potential for collaboration. They will also welcome Maggie Clarke from the outdoor arts development agency in England ‘Xtrax’ who will be sharing her experiences managing the outdoor arts consortium ‘Without Walls’.

Interested in working with Wales’ leading cultural community event?

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Are you an artist, programmer, or producer interested in creating or presenting outdoor art at The National Eisteddfod of Wales, the countries leading cultural community event? Join Articulture and the Eisteddfod team for a creative festival adventure on Wed 6 August, Llanelli.

Meet the Eisteddfod Visual Arts Officer and site Artistic Designer, tour the festival, network and bounce ideas for future work, learn from leaders in the field, find out about funding support, and enjoy festival performances – including a new Articulture commission, ‘Ceirw’ (Deer), by Citrus Arts.

For details in English visit here 

For details in Welsh visit here.

Photo courtesy of Citrus Arts

Territorial topiary and giant pig captivate at Royal Welsh Spring Festival

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Outdoor arts legends the Whalley Range All Stars and Wales’ stars Kitsch & Sync collective drew crowds at one of the country’s biggest events on Sat 17th May with their respective shows ‘PIG’, a giant story telling pig, and ‘Topiary Traumas’, a horticultural inspired dance piece. They were part of Powys Arts Month which continues until the end of May and which this year was managed by Articulture.

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A duet of dynamic tension and magnetic force on the banks of the Wye

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Articulture were thrilled last week to see the first fruit of their small-scale commissions this year, with the premiere of Chloe Loftus’s dance piece at the Wye Valley River Festival.

Working in collaboration with Desperate Men, curators of the Festival, Articulture selected Chloe Loftus Dance on the basis of a strong and inspiring proposal based on the festival’s trial narrative of ‘Ratty’ that unfolds over the month long event, drawing on the area’s environmental and cultural issues and input from local communities along the river.

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Outdoor arts – a feat of magical, challenging and rewarding relationships

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You are on a holiday. You arrive in a new town. A brass band marches past, you follow (naturally). It unfolds into a magical street procession. You meet intriguing characters who take you on a journey in dance, music and theatre through the streets and parks, all coming together to tell a captivating story. It’s all at once both effortless and inspirational, yet vanishing only hours later, leaves a sense of pride, playfulness and celebration.

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Book now for ‘Exploring Partnerships for Outdoor Arts’, Wye Valley River Festival, 9 May, Monmouth

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Booking is now open for the first of three events as part of The Great Outdoors Expedition 2014.

Exploring Partnerships for Outdoor Arts’ will take place at the new Wye Valley River Festival, Fri 9th May, 1 – 7pm at Shire Hall in Monmouth.

Speakers confirmed – Desperate Men (outdoor artists & producers inc ‘Battle for the Winds’ — opening of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing event); Sarah Sawyer, Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; Carys Wynne, Arts Council Wales; Catherine Paskell, National Theatre Wales; Ali Williams, NoFit State CircusMr and Mrs ClarkMarc Rees (‘Adain Avion’ – commission for London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and upcoming ‘Raw Material: Llaregubb Revisited’ for National Theatre Wales and BBC Cymru Wales); and Phillippa Haynes, Wye Valley River Festival. Attendees include Natural Resources Wales and National Trust.

For full details and booking in English visit here.

For full details and booking in Welsh visit here.