Without Walls Commissions and touring opportunities for new outdoor work in 2015

without wallsOpen Call to artists to submit proposals for new outdoor work to tour in 2015: Deadline 2nd October. As part of our commitment to supporting the development and creation of inventive in the UK, Without Walls invites artists and companies from any discipline to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work for presentation and touring in 2015.

Without Walls invites artists and companies from any discipline to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work for presentation and touring in 2015.

Founded in 2007, Without Walls is a consortium of 7 UK arts festivals that work together to deliver an annual programme of new outdoor arts by British artists.

Supported through Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Funds, Without Walls ATN extends the reach of Without Walls by presenting shows developed by the consortium in the year/s after their creation and initial tour and by delivering strategic Audience Development initiatives that will help reach new and diverse audiences across England. Successful shows from our programme in 2015 may be invited to tour to this network in 2016 or beyond.

Without Walls has been breaking new ground in the development and creation of outdoor arts in the UK, working in partnership to deliver opportunities for British artists to create new work of the highest quality, and making that programme available to the widest possible audience.

Since its formation in 2007, Without Walls has developed and toured over 67 new shows by UK companies and supported the Research and Development of 28 projects. 82% of shows created by Without Walls have toured beyond the Without Walls touring network, including international tours to 22 countries.

You can see some information about the shows that we have supported on our website;

Programme for 2015
In 2015 we will be in the second year of a two-year for the Arts supported project to create and support new outdoor projects by UK artists. We have already identified two projects that we want to support in 2015; one is a large-scale project in which we have already invested some R&D funds, and another is a dance project. We will be looking to support the creation and touring of a number of other projects to create a balanced and exciting programme of work of different genres, styles and scales to tour to our network in 2015.

We will prioritise investment in work that meets one or more of these agendas;

1. Innovation, risk and new boundaries
We are keen to support artists to experiment with new ideas and techniques, digital technology and ambitious material.

2. Small scale work
Small scale work from any discipline but that is suitable for playing on a variety of settings both urban and rural.

3. Culturally diverse and deaf and disabled artists
We are committed to supporting work that is led by and features culturally diverse & deaf and disabled artists.

Please note that as we have already committed funds to a large-scale show in 2015, it is very unlikely that we will support another large scale show in this year.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes below

Eligibility and guidance

  • Without Walls exists to support the development of new and ambitious work by UK artists; we can support projects that are developed in association with International Artists but the lead partner on the project must be based in the UK.
  • We are looking for work from all disciplines and genres. We are looking for work that is innovative and ambitious and challenges the idea of what outdoor arts can be.
  • In 2015 we are looking primarily for small scale to mid-scale projects.
  • The work must be suitable for touring and artists should be committed to exploring touring opportunities for the works in addition to the Without Walls festivals, and should be available for touring in 2016 (and beyond), subject to bookings. The pieces we support need to be suitable for both civic, urban spaces and park sites/ rural locations.
  • The festivals take place in a range of locations across the UK, so the ideas proposed must be suitable and available for touring to a minimum of 4 consortium members and other festivals in addition to the Without Walls partners in Year 1, and should be willing to tour to the festivals on the Without Walls Associate Touring Network (if required) in Year 2.
  • The work should be (Ideally) available from May – September, in order to be available to tour to as many Without Walls festivals as possible.
  • Proposals for work could be adaptable in scale, suitable for daytime and/or evening presentation and may also include promenade or processional based elements.

Most projects supported by Without Walls are shows that we have commissioned. However in some cases we will support the touring of a project that has already raised its creation costs, provided that the show has not already toured in the UK, and provided it clearly meets our priorities.

Commissioning funds

  • We have some money to invest in commissioning new work. In addition to the money raised by Without Walls, the individual festivals all also contribute commission funds in to selected Without Walls projects.
  • It is extremely unusual for Without Walls to fund 100% of any project. Our commission funds have normally been between 20% – 60% of any project. For larger scale (and more expensive) projects, Without Walls is normally one of several commissioning partners.
  • Important information regarding Grants for the Arts
    • Without Walls is supported through Grants for the Arts so a project commissioned by
    • Without Walls is unable to apply to Grants for the Arts for match funding. If you have already raised money from Grants for the Arts to create your show, you can propose the project as a piece for touring, but we can not invest commissioning funds.

Other considerations when allocating our budget

  • • We will look to create a balanced programme of genres, styles and scales of work
  • • We will consider the potential audience reach of our projects when assessing the level of our commissioning contribution. It is unusual for us to support the development of a show that is expensive to create and to present, that does not also reach a large audience. If your show is designed for very small audiences, please be clear about how many times a day the show can be presented and therefore how wide an audience it can reach.

 Without Walls Artistic Policy is to

  • Present & develop work from a new & emerging generation of street artists
  • Support & encourage artists who may not have had previous experience of street arts into the sector
  • Help stimulate new, surprising & engaging street arts collaborations between artists from different disciplines
  • Prioritise the development & presentation of work with culturally diverse and Deaf and disabled artists
  • Work with established companies & artists who are keen to experiment & develop new approaches to their work
  • Draw on the consortium’s considerable experience & awareness of international street arts to help provide new stimulus & opportunities for collaboration between UK & international artists

How to submit your proposal to Without Walls

Please complete the attached form and submit a detailed budget identifying how you intend to develop the idea within the timescale outlined above to: info@withoutwalls.uk.com


Deadline for submission of proposals: October 2nd, 5pm

Notification of the shortlisted projects: week of October 27th. We will then inform you by the week of December 8th, 2014 whether your project has been supported

Presentation of first show(s): May 2015

For further information please contact the Without Walls management team, based at the XTRAX office, on: +44 (0)161 227 8383 or via email at: info@withoutwalls.uk.com

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