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.

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Guest artist blog – Syrcas Cimera fire performance training with Szymon Mamys

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This summer Wales based circus collective Syrcas Cimera worked with Syzmon Mamys, fire performer and producer behind the Bring the Fire Project. Here Syrcas Cimera Director Thomasine Tomkins reports back on developing the collectives work with Syzmon through a two day workshop, which was supported by an Articulture professional development bursary.

Last year myself and 3 of our directors/performers from Syrcas Cimera CBC attended the Awen School Dark Arts Training for Ar Waith Ar Daith with Walk the Plank. We learnt valuable skills in event production, willow lantern making and parades, fire drawings, pyro technics and fire dancing choreography and performance. It was amazing being part of such an ambitious production, pushing boundaries (whether personal or for the Arts in North Wales), and having the opportunity to work with such experienced practitioners. The skills we learnt were extremely helpful in the development of projects we had started in our local area and gave us a hunger to develop more. 

Iago Morgan Jones and Jay Ellis(Cimera) and Szymon Mamys and Hugo Maciel fire dancing, choreography by Thomasine Ar Waith Ar Daith 2015

On the course we were delighted to meet Szymon Mamys who is based in Liverpool. Szymon is a fire performer, he also runs fire dancing classes and organises a Fire Arts Festival in Liverpool and is the main driving force behind Bring the Fire Project.

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