Articulture and the Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium (WOAC) are excited to announce the commissioning of two new outdoor arts pieces for Create & Tour: Wales, as part of #OpenOut2022.
Create & Tour: Wales is the first in a series of #OpenOut2022 commissions and development opportunities for artists in Wales. The opportunity is open to under-represented artists in Wales who identify as D/deaf or Disabled, are from Black and/or other Global Majority backgrounds, or wanting to develop and present work exclusively in the Welsh language.
More than seventy artists from across Wales responded to the #OpenOut2022 call-out in March, contacting Articulture to talk about new ideas for creating outdoor arts in 2022. Of the artists who went on to apply for Create & Tour: Wales, the consortium selected two new works to commission.
The two new outdoor works selected for commission by WOAC are:
Merched y Môr (working title)
A performance followed by a Carnival procession, bringing the spirit of Butetown Carnival to the people of Wales through a fusion of Caribbean & Celtic stories. Made by June Campbell-Davies and Keith Murrell of BACA, in collaboration with Rhiannon Mair.
An interactive, comedy, musical theatre extravaganza performed in Welsh, exploring the Pink Tax ’phenomenon’, consumerism and gender through musical theatre. A collaboration between Kitsch & Sync Collective and bilingual singer-songwriter, music producer and theatre performer TeiFi.
Each group will receive £5000 towards the creation costs of their piece, as well as a package of support including mentoring and marketing.
The Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium (WOAC) is a group of eleven venues and festivals across Wales that want to support the creation of more outdoors arts, for their audiences to take part in and enjoy. The selected works will tour the partners locations in Wales this summer.
2022 Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium Partners
Aberystwyth Arts Centre
The Riverfront (Big Splash), Newport
Taliesin (Dance Days), Swansea
Borough Theatre, Abergavenny
The National Eisteddfod of Wales
The Welfare, Ystradgynlais
Theatrau Sir Gâr, Carmarthenshire
Theatr Clwyd, Mold
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
“Theatr Clwyd are delighted to again be involved in the development of exceptional outdoor arts programming in Wales, made possible through the hard work of Articulture. We very much look forward to working with the selected artists to continue to offer an exciting and varied programme of outdoor arts to our audiences.” – Liz Johnson, Theatr Clwyd
“It has been a joy to talk to so many artists in Wales this year as part of #OpenOut2022, from seasoned creatives to those looking to work outdoors for the very first time. We are excited to support the two commissions selected by WOAC – they reflect some of the diverse identities of Wales and engage with important and current themes. As we continue to roll out the #OpenOut2022 programme we are looking forward to engaging with more artists and audiences across Wales and beyond.” – Sarah Anne Morton, Articulture
Keep an eye on Articulture’s social media as we announce tour dates for this new work across Wales – #OpenOut2022
#OpenOut2022 is supported by the Arts Council of Wales, Articulture and the Wales Outdoor Arts Consortium.