R&D funding for Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival

Before Christmas we announced the latest round of R&D funding for the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival. We’re delighted to confirm that the two successful projects for this funding are Planted Symphony by Drake Music and Arts and Gardens and Admiral Pullen’s Party by Vital Xposure in collaboration with Access All Areas.

Planted Symphony is an interactive performance where music technology meets nature, and which aims to make Assistive music technology playful, accessible and magical to all.

The Liberty R&D is a wonderful opportunity for Drake Music and Arts and Gardens to collaborate and explore the use of music technology as a tool to engage new audiences within green spaces. It’s a great way to develop new music-led outdoor performances that move beyond a band on a stage. Daryl Beeton, Drake Music

Drake Music is the leading national organisation working in music, disability and technology. www.drakemusic.org www.artsandgardens.org

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photo © Christian Sinibaldi

Admiral Pullen’s Party is a promenade theatre piece featuring a giant puppet created from authentic designs by artist, carpenter and Victorian asylum resident John Henry Pullen.

We are absolutely delighted to have received this R&D grant. At last we get to work with Access All Areas and hopefully get to play at Liberty Festival on a much bigger scale, bringing Pullen’s giant puppet to life. Pullen was an extraordinary man, discarded as an ‘idiot’, who was clearly a wonderfully talented artist with a unique imagination. Julie McNamara, Vital Xposure

Vital Xposure is a touring theatre company based in Hackney, East London, operating under the creative leadership of disabled artist Julie McNamara. The company promotes hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell. www.vitalxposure.co.uk  www.accessallareastheatre.org


More info will follow soon, including exclusive blog posts on these new works as they’re developed. In the meantime, we recommend you follow the companies via social media for the latest news:

@Drake_Music and @artsandgardens

  • explore #PlantedSymphony for the latest photos and videos

@VitalXposure and @AAATheatre

For updates on Liberty Festival 2017 follow @LDN_Gov and @GDIFestival

10th ISAN Ideas Summit

10th ISAN Ideas Summit
Deadline: Wednesday 7th October, 5pm

ISAN is delighted to invite submissions from artists to our 10th ISAN Ideas Summit, an integral part of the National Outdoor Arts Conference. This is an opportunity for artists and companies in the Outdoor Arts sector to present ideas at an early stage of development to producers, programmers, funders and other professionals. It aims to help artists raise the profile of new Outdoor Arts performance projects and to help find potential partners who can provide further assistance in the development of new ideas. The Ideas Summit cannot promise to deliver you a commission or tour for a new show, but it can help to develop relationships and raise your profile – and often leads to bookings.

This year, the Ideas Summit will be made up of two parts:

Part One: The Quick Pitch

Inside the theatre, you’ll have exactly three minutes to give a really quick overview of your project. What you do in those three minutes is entirely up to you – you could just say hello and tell us about the idea, you could show a short film, you could give us a snippet of the show, you could sing a song. So long as you stick to time and make sure you can get in and out very quickly to keep things moving, the floor is yours…

Part Two: The Washing Line

Then out in the foyer, all the presenting companies will have a two metre washing line on which to hang out their ‘washing’; this could be images, leaflets, contact details, provisional designs, costumes or examples of past work. Keep it easy to understand and make a good impression. There will be plenty of time for the delegates to go around and take a further look at the ideas they’ve heard about, follow up discussions and make connections. We’ll keep this going over lunchtime to make it as informal and friendly as possible.

Please note: All Ideas Summit proposals, successful or not, will be included in an Artists Booklet given to programmers attending the conference and available online.

Artists Selected for the 10th ISAN Summit

ISAN is offering selected artists and companies, not in receipt of a bursary from any other source, the following:

  • Hotel accommodation for single or double occupancy for the night of Tuesday 24th Nov (and discounted rates for any additional nights needed)
  • Morning teas and coffees and lunch on Wednesday 25th Nov.

In addition, any invited Ideas Summit attendee has the option to attend the whole conference, including the three-course delegate dinner on Tues 24th Nov (in an aquarium!), for the concessionary rate of £100 + VAT.

The conference takes place over two days – the 24th & 25th Nov – in Hull at Hull Truck Theatre, and the Ideas Summit is on the second day.  If you are interested in presenting at this event please visit http://www.isanuk.org/news-events/10th-isan-ideas-summit/ to compete the online form by Wednesday 7th Oct 2015, 5pm.

Please ensure you read the GUIDANCE NOTES before completing and submitting your application form. We aim to notify all applicants of the outcome during the week commencing Monday 19th October 2015.

Without Walls Open Call: Commissioning and touring opportunities for new outdoor work in 2016

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 2016.

GDIF is a founder member of Without Walls, an Arts Council funded consortium of leading festivals dedicated to the development and touring of new and exciting outdoor work. Other members include Brighton Festival, Hat Fair, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Salisbury International Arts Festival and Stockton International Riverside Festival.

In 2016, Without Walls will be embarking on a new project to create and support new outdoor projects by UK artists; this is subject to a successful Grants for Arts application.

Without Walls will be looking to support the creation and touring of a range of exciting and ambitious projects of different genres, styles and forms.

For more information about the commissioning and touring opportunities for 2016, please visit Without Walls. Applications are due by Thursday 5th November, 5 pm.

'Carousel' by Southpaw Dance Company. Commissioned by Without Walls. GDIF2015 - Photo by Warren King

‘Carousel’ by Southpaw Dance Company. Commissioned by Without Walls.
GDIF2015 – Photo by Warren King

Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival R&D Opportunities

Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival

Research & Development opportunities

With support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme, we are delighted to announce a Research and Development opportunity for Deaf and disabled artists wishing to develop new ideas for outdoor work. We are seeking to offer three Research and Development awards for new outdoor projects led by Deaf and disabled artists with the intention of work moving towards presentation at the Liberty Festival in the summer of 2016. Submissions may focus on any art forms that can be presented outdoors. We encourage artists collaborating with other arts organisations, in particular those based in East London, across art forms, culturally diverse artists and new and emerging artists. NB Initial applications should be submitted by 30 October.

Information Pack
Application Form

More information from London.gov.uk

‘ComBUStion’ by Extant with Bureau of Silly Ideas (Photo: Tom Simpson, Liberty Festival 2015)

‘ComBUStion’ by Extant with Bureau of Silly
Ideas (Photo: Tom Simpson, Liberty Festival 2015)

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‘Shamal’ by Rachel Gadsden with Architects of Air (Photo: Tom Simpson, Liberty Festival 2015)

2015 Outdoor Theatre Commissioning Opportunity


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Lyric Hammersmith, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Watford Palace Theatre and Latitude Festival have come together to offer two exciting commissioning opportunities to theatre makers who want to create new work for outdoor spaces in 2015.

Over the last three years our organisations have collaborated on developing new small–scale outdoor performances. This year we are inviting artists to submit ambitious proposals for new mid-scale commissions for 2015. The commission size has increased to allow for increased scale, ambition and visually strong work.

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GDIF2014 Full Stop by Light the Fuse

For 2015 we’re particularly keen to see work with strong design content and visual presence/impact, which can engage with large and diverse audiences.

Deadline for applications:
5pm Monday December 8th

Download the full information pack here.

Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival R&D opportunities

Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival

Research & Development opportunities

With support from Arts Council England’s Grants for the Arts programme in 2014, we are delighted to announce a Research and Development opportunity for Deaf and disabled artists wishing to develop new ideas for outdoor work. We are seeking to offer three Research and Development awards for new outdoor projects led by Deaf and disabled artists, and subject to available resources, with the intention of work moving towards presentation at the Liberty Festival in the summer of 2015 or 2016. Submissions may focus on any art forms that can be presented outdoors. We encourage artists collaborating with other arts organisations, in particular those based in East London, across art forms, culturally diverse artists and new and emerging artists. NB Initial applications should be submitted by 30 November.

Information Pack (PDF version)
Information Pack (DOC version)
Application Form

More information from London.gov.uk

Stop Gap Dance Company’s ‘The Awakening’ choreographed by Chris Pavia at Liberty 2014.
This work was developed following a Liberty R+D commission in 2013.

 

 

Safe House – A place to call home

By Andy Cooper, Director at Draw & Code

After premiering to a crowd in excess of 5000 in Brighton, Safe House will be travelling to the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival on June 21st. The show is a large-scale, outdoor theatre event that explores our relation to the home – which is ironic considering just how little time the cast and crew have spent in our own homes recently!

With projection-mapped animations that feature during every one of the 45 minutes of the show’s duration, the ‘Draw’ side of Draw & Code were kept very busy indeed in the run-up to this fantastic outdoor theatre event. We were required on site during rehearsals to tailor our animation to the needs of the performers from Wired Aerial Theatre Company and the producers from Metro Boulot Dodo. While animation is always time-consuming, it doesn’t often result in you travelling the country!

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The rehearsals were staged in Leicester, Metro Boulot Dodo’s home town, where the disused Haymarket Theatre was about the only building we could find that was capable of fitting the giant set. This oversized creation stands a lot taller than a real house, which makes for quite a challenge for the dancers who are suspended from it.

When I set off to take up residence in Leicester I decided to take the office iMac with me on the train. After all, what if the laptop isn’t enough? If you’ve seen a photo of somebody with an iMac on a train and gone “really?” – it was probably me!

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Rehearsals were draining, but a physically and logistically challenging production like this cannot leave any stone unturned. Thankfully it’s always fun working with the spectacular Wired Aerial performers. They are part athletes, part artists and we have enjoyed seeing them interact with our animations.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing though; having upped sticks from our Liverpool sanctuary, for much of the time I was Draw & Code’s sole representative in the chilly theatre while they could all head back home to Liverpool. The rehearsals began during the tail-end of the winter – in a venue that had no heating. It’s fair to say that an abandoned theatre lacks a few creature comforts!

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The contrast between the first day of rehearsals in a dingy abandoned building and the public premiere of Safe House in sunny Brighton was amazing. As we sat in amongst the barbecues on the grass of Hove Park it was the first time in a long time that I could relax, although the cast and crew will have been tense.

The show went without a hitch and the crowd loved it. We hope you can leave your own little castles for a few hours, wherever you are, and join us to watch Safe House!

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Safe House will be performed at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2014 on Saturday June 21st at 10PM in Mile End Park, Tower Hamlets.

New round of “Unlimited…” launched!

Following the successful Unlimited project which was at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and celebrated the work of disabled artists on an unprecedented scale, Shape and Artsadmin have been awarded £1.5 million by Arts Council England to deliver a new three year programme of Unlimited commissions with Jo Verrent as Senior Producer and key partners including Creative Scotland, British Council, Southbank Centre and DaDaFest.

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David Toole, The Impending Storm. Commissioned for Unlimited 2012. Photo by Tim Cross.

Although not on the same scale of the first programme, this exciting development will offer a number of commissions and to develop, produce and show ambitious and high quality work, with mentoring support.

The programme will include festivals at Southbank Centre in 2014 and 2016 and showcases of new work across the country through partnerships with venues and organisations.

Claire Cunningham performs Ménage à Trois

Ménage à Trois by Claire Cunningham. Commissioned for Unlimited 2012.

READY, STEADY, LAUNCH
On 9th of December Unlimited was launched at Tate Modern in London followed by another launch event up North, hosted by DaDaFest at the Bluecoat in Liverpool on 11th of December.

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Jo Verrent, Senior Producer for Unlimited, has written a lovely blog following the launches introducing Unlimited. Read Jo’s blog here.

APPLY TO UNLIMITED
There will be two open calls for applications across the three years of the programme. All applications will be through Artsadmin’s online commissions portal, unless for access reasons you wish to submit your application in another format.

Applications can now be accepted for the first open call. To apply or for more information please click here.

UNLIMITED SURGERY DAYS
The Unlimited team will be holding two surgery days (in London and Liverpool) in January for anyone interested in applying to Unlimited who would like to talk to us about the scheme and its criteria. You can book a 30 minute session with one of the team. Read more…

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Without Walls consortium

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Without Walls is a consortium of leading arts organisations and festivals dedicated to the development of the UK’s outdoor arts sector. The Associate Touring Network supports the onward touring of work commissioned and presented by Without Walls. Without Walls Trailer 2013, … Continue reading

GDIF major contributor to Jerwood Choreographic Research Project

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THE JERWOOD CHOREOGRAPHIC RESEARCH PROJECT A National Dance Network initiative, supported by the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and delivered by DanceXchange. The Jerwood Choreographic Research Project (JCRP), is designed to develop a new culture of investment across a breadth of choreographic research to … Continue reading