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 – https://national-outdoor-arts-gathering-wales.eventbrite.com

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 – https://national-outdoor-arts-gathering-wales.eventbrite.com

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 – http://walktheplank.co.uk/workshop/elevate-2017-masterclass-series-autumnwinter/

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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Guest artist blog – Vertical Dance Training with Lindsey Butcher & Lee Clayden at Irish Aerial Dance Festival

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This year Angharad Jones, a freelance dance artist based in North Wales, was awarded an Articulture bursary to train with highly acclaimed Vertical Dance artists Lindsey Butcher (pictured above) and Lee Clayden. The aim was to receive intense training to refine her technique in harness work to allow her to progress in the art form.

Angharad currently works for children’s theatre with Little Light Dance and Digital Theatre, and previously with Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru on Dawns Ysbrydion. Whilst many of her experiences have been in traditional theatre settings, it is the experiences of taking dance out of the theatre that have been most interesting to her. Since working with North Wales based Vertical Dance practitioner Kate Lawrence, her vision of taking dance and theatre to unexpected places has opened up her imagination.

Here her account of the training, which she feels developed her confidence in vertical dance technique, and ignited a curiosity to try new ideas, which she hopes to bring to the projects at Pontio’s Circus Festival in North Wales this summer.

In April 2017 I attended the Irish Aerial Dance Festival where I had the opportunity to train in Vertical Dance technique and repertoire with Lindsey Butcher, and explore the possibilities of vertical dance as a duet in a doubles class led by Lee Clayden.

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Guest producer blog – Professional development for Artists AND Producers at GDIF & Xtrax 2017

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In May 2017 Damian Kerlin, an independent Creative Producer based in Wales attended the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2017 and Xtrax Professional Showcase along with 250 outdoor arts practitioners from across the UK and Europe.

He was part of a record breaking twenty five Wales based artists, venues, funders, and producers who attended funded by bursaries provided by Articulture, Creu Cymru and the Arts Council of Wales (picture above), to network, pitch, and see the best of new international outdoor arts work. Here an account of his experience, and his wider reflections on his practice.

As a Creative Producer I look to reform preconceived ideas of the producer-artist relationship, exploring a model that encourages openness and reflection on our practice; which leads us towards practical, collaborative and artistic producing. I do not work a hierarchy system. I put the producer and the artist on an even footing.

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