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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Guest producer blog – Reporting back: International Outdoor Arts Conference ‘Fresh Street’ & Imaginarius Festival, Portugal

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In May 2017 Rosie Strang, Articulture Co-Director from Articulture Wales and freelance Producer, attended ‘Fresh Street 2’ an International Outdoor Arts Conferene in Portugal along with 350 outdoor arts delegates from 40 countries. The aim – to explore, share and discuss outdoor arts, along the theme of ‘From Innovation to Sustainability’. The event was followed by international outdoor arts Festival ‘Imaginarius’.

Here is her account of what it was like to connect and learn with the worldwide movement of practitioners working in outdoor arts, taking part as a contingent representing Wales, and how attending this kind of event can been really inspiring and energizing for artists and producers.

It’s a very exciting prospect, heading to an international Conference to explore and connect with others, and see new outdoor work. And a bit scary too! This was the first time that I had attended an event like this in a professional capacity, so it was with butterflies of all kinds that I stepped off the train near Santa Maria Feirra for five days for Fresh Street 2 and the Imaginarius Festival.

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Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium – New work starts tour from July

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‘The CarCrash Wedding’ – Gary & Pel (Alex Marshall Parsons & Kim Noble), and ‘Electioneering’ – Mr and Mrs Clark start their Wales tour this July, starting at Dance Days Swansea. They will then be available for further bookings across the UK.

See here for descriptions of the work.

These works have been commissioned by Articulture in collaboration with Wales Outdoor Arts Commissioning Consortium (WOAC).

‘The CarCrash Wedding’ – Tour dates –

  • Taliesin Art Centre, Swansea – Dance Days – 8/9 July
  • The Riverfront, Newport – Big Splash – 22 July
  • Pontio, Bangor – Gwledd Syrcas Feast – 23 July
  • The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Anglesey – 11 August
  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – 26 August
  • Festival no.6, Portmeirion – 8/9 September
  • LLAWN, Llandudno – 16/17 September

View tour trailer here –

‘Electioneering’ – Tour dates –

  • Taliesin Art Centre, Swansea – Dance Days – 8/9 July
  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff – 14 July
  • Pontio, Bangor – Gwledd Syrcas Feast – 22 July
  • The Riverfront, Newport – Big Splash – 23 July
  • The National Eisteddfod of Wales, Anglesey – 8 August
  • Festival no.6, Portmeirion – 8 September
  • LLAWN, Llandudno – 16/17 September

Photos – ©keith morris 07710 285968 01970 611106

Book now – Independent Street Arts Network on the Road – Strong & Stable tour @ Dance Days 8 July 2017

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Book now for the Independent Street Arts Network On the Road – The Strong and Stable Tour – at Taliesin’s Dance Days in Swansea on Sat 8 July 17.15 – 19.00.

The coffees will be strong, the pastries will be stable.

A great opportunity to enjoy the Festival, and then join others for an informal network, to share information, news and ideas with fellow producers, programmers and artists.

It is free to attend. For full information and to book your place visit –

New collaborations to help home grow outdoor arts in Wales

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This spring Articulture is starting a collaboration with three Wales based artists and arts organisations to help home grow outdoor arts in Wales. They are –

Cimera – A contemporary circus and arts company based in North Wales. Founded in 2013 by professional and community artists and performers, they are dedicated to creating and developing vibrant participatory arts.

Taking Flight Theatre – A multi award-winning company based in Cardiff who produce accessible and inclusive work based in Cardiff. Their aim is to work with groups of people who have traditionally been under-represented in theatre, film and television.

Mair Tomos Ifans and Nuala Dunn – A Mid Wales based duo that was formed through the Ar Waith Ar Daith outdoor arts training in Castell y Bere in 2015. United by their interest in the combined possibilities of performance, story telling and canoeing the rivers of Wales, Mair is a performer and Nuala a visual artist and outdoor activities instructor.

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Professional development & International festival bursaries available 2017

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Wales based artists or arts organisations interested in working in the outdoors are welcomed to apply for two types of bursaries in 2017.

1. Professional development – bursaries to fund a ‘go see’ or skill share session, which will assist in the development of outdoor arts work.

Read full details here 

2. International Outdoor Arts festivals – bursaries to attend two leading international outdoor arts festivals and professional showcases in the UK – Greenwich & Docklands Festival, London 23 – 25 June, or Out There Festival, Great Yarmouth, 15 – 17 September.

Read full details here 

Photo: ‘The Senses’ by Theatre A3 at GDIF Festival 2016 – Credit/Doug Southall

National Association of Street Arts (NASA): Annual Gathering 2017 – For the Love Of It

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Join others interested/involved in outdoor arts at NASA’s annual gathering of Outdoor and Street Arts professionals – a weekend of inspiration, creation and fun, a chance to recharge and re-connect.

This year’s theme is OPPOSITION – in politics and debate, with colour, scale, temperature and more

Dates: 6pm Friday 17th February to 5pm Sunday 19th February

Location: 101 Creation Space, Greenham Common, Newbury, Berkshire, RG19 6HN

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Guest artist blog – Reflections – Extending Practice: Choreographic Practice and Sustainability

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Between August 2015 and May 2016, Wales based Dance Artist, Rosalind Holgate Smith and Documentary Photographer, Janet Ruth Davies collaborated on a site specific project called ‘Uncertain Terrain’, situated in Dinorwic slate quarry, north Wales. Through this project, they developed a cross-disciplinary practice involving movement studies, digital audio and photography, investigating the landscape as an embodied practice.

This year they were granted a professional development bursary from Articulture to attend ‘Extending Practice: Choreographic Practice and Sustainability’, a one day conference for dance artists, creatives and academics in Glasgow, hosted by creative carbon Scotland, September 2016. Here they report back.

As a photographer and dancer collaborating outdoors we have been exploring and transcribing choreographic processes across disciplines. Through our project Uncertain Terrain we were both interested to experience and communicate an embodied sense of the quarried landscape we worked within.

As we broadened our own notions of choreographic practice we became interested to explore how we might consider our processes, skills and practice in relationship with issues of sustainability. Read More