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Call for outdoor events projects

Without Walls, a consortium of arts organisations and festivals dedicated to the development of the UK’s outdoor arts sector, has been awarded the National Portfolio Organisation funding for 2018 – 2022, a £4.8m funding by Arts Council England towards innovative outdoor projects.

This funding allows the consortium and Associate Touring Network partners to continue its work in outdoor arts, planning projects on a longer term basis and partnering with organisations to continue developing ambitious outdoor arts projects.

As such, Without Walls is now inviting artists and companies to submit their proposals for the next round of commissions and touring support for outdoor work premiering in 2018 and 2019.

Commenting on the funding, Josephine Burns, chair of Without Walls, said: “Without Walls National Portfolio Organisation funding success is a major vote of confidence from Arts Council England in the work that we have developed to date.”

Burns told Access that £1.2m are available to allocate per year. She added: “This open call to artists is an important step in our plans for the next ten years, as we work with our partners to develop an exciting programme of innovative, ambitious, challenging and surprising new projects from artists across the country that will tour in 2018, 2019 and beyond to audiences in their thousands.”

In addition, Without Walls is also inviting proposals from companies and artists looking for research and development support for new outdoor work which may take place over a longer period.

Selection criteria

Interested artists, companies or partnerships should submit their completed application forms to proposals@withoutwalls.uk.com by 17.00 on 5 September 2017. The full criteria for submissions and downloadable application forms are available now.

The selection panel of festival partners will be looking for new and innovative outdoor works, which inspire and captivate audiences. This includes artists who are perhaps new to the outdoor arts sector.

“Without Walls is keen to support works by artists and companies who are from a disabled and cultural diversity background and those who have a particular focus on arts and political agendas.,” read a statement.

In addition, Without Walls has announced a new partnership with International Dance Festival Birmingham (IDFB) for The Big Idea.

The partnership is for a co-commission between Without Walls and IDFB to develop a new dance work that will be presented at IDFB in June 2018 as well as touring to Without Walls festivals.