Guest artist blog – Reflections On Hull – ISAN15 Conference

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

In November 2015 Articulture and 6 Wales based artists attended the Independent Street Arts Network (ISAN) Biennial Conference.

The ISAN Conference is a meeting point for everyone involved with outdoor arts across the UK, from artists, directors, technicians and producers, through to representatives from local authorities, agencies, venues, strategic initiatives and national funding bodies

Below is reflections from one of the artists who took part, Justin Cliffe from Tin Shed Theatre. This blog originally appeared on Tin Shed’s website, where you can find out more about their work.

Ee by gum ya.

Translation from Incorrect-Brutal-Northern-Stereotyped-Phonetics to Boring-Normal-English:

Hello.

I’ve just spent the past three days up North in the beautiful, vibrant, bustling, industrial, interesting, historic-like, rock n roll, cream phone boxed, founded-on-whaling, gritty city of Hull!

HUZZAR!

Read More

Guest artist blog – Puppetry mentorship with giant builders extraordinaire ‘Festive Road’

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

Jo Munton is a puppeteer, poet and performer, who has worked with many different people in many different places, from Llandrindod wells (Big Democracy National Theatre Wales) to Siberia (tour with puppet company Clogless Lobster), from Birmingham (creating a puppet animation with Cerebral Palsy Midlands) to Spain (firm favorites at Casa de los Cuentos) from Butetown, Cardiff (DeGabay, NTW) to Bangor (Blas – Pontio).

This year she applied for and received a ‘go see’ bursary to undertake  ‘mini mentorship’ with Festive Road  to  collaborate and guide her to create a bespoke giant hare for a show of ‘Melangell’ at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.  Below is a detailed account of her experience.

You can find out more about her work at www.vagabondipuppets.com

“ Sgwarnog, sgwarnog, free and wild, Rhedeg y ffwrdd, run for your life. ”

Earlier this year I gratefully received an Articulture bursary to go and design and build a new puppet with giant builders extraordinaire – Festive Road. Read More

Creative Cymru unleashed – Ar Waith Ar Daith boosts outdoor arts in Wales

By | Uncategorised | One Comment

Annie from the Articulture team looks at the incredible work achieved with the recent Ar Waith Ar Daith project in Wales, and the promise of creative Cymru unleashed, and a new generation of artists working collaboratively in the great outdoors.

Following networking and opportunities arising at the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival – Articulture as a team had decided that a couple of us should go to Fira Tarrega – arguably THE best market for outdoor arts in Europe – in September this year. But as momentum gathered for the Wales Millennium Centre’s 10th Anniversary, it became clear that for anyone with even the mildest interest in outdoor arts in Wales, there could be only one place to be on SEPTEMBER 12TH 2015!

So, the Articulture team joined an audience of over 12,000 people in the Plas Roald Dahl, Cardiff Bay, for the monumental spectacle of ‘Ar Waith Ar Daith’, celebrating the 10th birthday of the Wales Millennium Centre…

Read More

Practitioners meet to enjoy outdoor arts encounter @Pontio’s Gwledd Syrcas Feast 2015

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

North Wales based artists, arts organisations, arts officers, funders, festival directors, and makers, joined Articulture for their latest outdoor arts encounter in Wales on a laid back sunny Sunday get-together at Pontio’s brand new festival of circus and street arts ‘Gwledd Syrcas Feast’, Bangor, on the 19th July.

The encounter included the premiere of Articulture/Pontio commission ‘Kaboom’ by the extraordinary Wales based performer Hugo Oliveria, as well as other festival shows including ‘Flown’ by Pirates of the Carabina.

Read More

Invitation to Outdoor Arts Encounter @ Pontio’s Gwledd Syrcas Feast, 19 July 2015

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

Calling all North Wales based artists, arts organisations, arts officers, funders, festival directors, makers…

Join Articulture for their latest outdoor arts encounter in Wales – a laid back sunny Sunday get-together at Pontio’s brand new festival of circus and street arts ‘Gwledd Syrcas Feast’, Bangor, 19th July, 11am – 3.30pm.

All are most welcome to join in at any point during the day’s events, and bring family and friends.

To book email sarah@articulture-wales.co.uk or call 0777 5781897. 

11am – 12pmSee new workCafé Nero & Bangor High Street

Enjoy a coffee provided by Articulture at, and ‘Kaboom’ by the extraordinary Wales based performer Hugo Oliveria, the latest Articulture commission in partnership with Pontio.

Read More

Guest artist blog – Sunshine, circus and ice cream…reflections of Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2015

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

Ruth Stringer, freelance designer and scenic artist, visited the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival and Xtrax Showcase, along with a team of Wales based artists, arts organisations and arts programmers hosted by Articulture. Below is a detailed account of her experience.

Ruth works in theatre, dance and opera, and trained in theatre design at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, obtaining a post-graduate diploma in 2010 and a MA in 2014. Since graduating, she has worked with companies including National Theatre Wales, The Royal Court Theatre, WIldworks and Soho Theatre. You can find out more about her work at www.ruthstringer.com.

Last weekend the sun decided to join me in the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF) – three days crammed full of talks, networking, circus, dance and immersive theatre events, happening around Greenwich, home of the Cutty Sark, Greenwich Market and a truly amazing gelato shop (more about gelato later, if that’s your thing).

Picture above – Collectif Malunes hang out in, on and above their caravan in Sens Dessus Dessous, GDIF 2015.

Read More

Guest artist blog – Postcards from Prague

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

This year as part of Articulture’s Go See outdoor arts bursary scheme, Alison Neighbour, a theatre designer and scenographer, took part in the Prague Quadrennial Scenography event, a unique live exhibition of world theatre and scenography in June.

Below is a detailed account of her visit, including inspiring workshops and lectures by international artists, and performances she visited.

Alison has a primary interest in outdoor, site specific, and landscape based work, and is excited by the theatrical and scenographic possibilities offered by outdoor settings and found spaces. She founded a company called Bread & Goose in 2009 to pursue this type of work. You can find out more about her work at www.alisonneighbourdesign.com and www.breadandgoose.co.uk.

Once again I planned to write an on-going blog, or create a series of postcards, about my experiences at PQ, but in the midst of such a busy festival (and with poor internet connection in all the venues), it proved impossible, so rather than bite sized chunks, here is my report in all it’s full length glory (you might want to grab a cup of tea before you embark on reading further).

Read More

Networking, pitching & picnics @ Greenwich & Docklands International Festival 2015

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

Articulture and 12 Wales-based artists and arts organisations were at the inspirational Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, circus and street arts), from the 26 -28 June.

As part of the festival the Welsh delegates attended a professional networking programme run by expert outdoor arts producers Xtrax, with a hub for delegates across the UK and Europe, providing a range of special events in a marquee in the centre of the festival action.

Read More

Wales outdoor arts commissioning consortium – tour of new work commences!

By | Uncategorised | No Comments

Articulture, in collaboration with the Wales outdoor arts commissioning consortium, have now started their summer 2015 tour of two newly commissioned pieces of work by Wales based artists Kitsch & Sync (‘Babs & Stella’s Intergalatic Adventure’) and Gwilym Morus Baird (‘Beic’).

Premieres of the shows took place at The Riverfront, Newport’s Big Splash Festival on the 30th May.

The shows will now continue to be performed at the following dates –

  • Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea – Dance Days, 18-19th July
  • Pontio, Bangor – Gwledd SYRCAS Feast, 24- 25th July
  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff- Blysh Festival, 25th July – 1st August
  • Aberystwyth Arts Centre – outdoor arts event, 15th – 16th August
  • LLAWN03 Llandudno Arts Weekend #3 18 – 20th September

Images of ‘Beic’ will follow soon.

Read More