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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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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grib8T9Nl0o

‘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 www.artswebwales.com keith@artx.co.uk 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 – http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2977138

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