Join our festival networks

The Without Walls Consortium is inviting festivals and organisations to apply for our Touring Network Partnership (TNP) and Creative Development Network (CDN).

From large-scale festivals and pop-up events to cultural celebrations such as carnivals and Melas, we’re looking to welcome a variety of outdoor events into our network. As a partner, you’ll receive a range of support and expertise from the Consortium and our management team.

We especially encourage applications from Deaf, Disabled and Black, Asian and ethnically diverse-led organisations, which are currently underrepresented in the network.

To apply, download an Expression of Interest form for the relevant network below and submit the completed version to Emily Oldroyd at

Deadline to apply for both networks: Thursday 22 September 2022, 5 pm

Touring Network Partnership (TNP)

The aim of the TNP is to bring leading UK outdoor art to public spaces across England, with a focus on reaching regions with low levels of cultural engagement. Partners will receive a subsidy to present touring shows from the Without Walls catalogue as well as support to deliver strategic audience engagement initiatives. Examples of these activities have included family activity days, participatory performances and workshops in schools, and opportunities for young people to shadow festival programmers.

The TNP is open to festivals, local councils, venues and arts organisations delivering activity in areas of low levels of audience attendance and participation (including, but not limited to, Arts Council England and DCMS’ Levelling Up for Culture Places). Membership lasts from January 2023 to March 2026. Find out more detailed information about the opportunity by downloading our Guidance Document below.

Creative Development Network (CDN)

This network is designed to be a ‘festival incubator’ that supports organisations or individuals at the beginning of their outdoor arts festival journey. Partners will learn the fundamentals of managing successful outdoor events from experts in the industry and from their peers. Membership lasts one year.

The CDN is open to new and emerging outdoor festivals or any venues, local authorities, organisations or individuals delivering outdoor events. Find out more detailed information about the opportunity by downloading our Guidance Document below.

We understand that the outlined criteria may not work for all organisations and are happy to discuss any adjustments to accommodate specific needs within reason. For further information about either opportunity, please email Emily Oldroyd, Project Manager at


Image credits: Band at the End of the World by Ramshackilicious, Mouth of the Tyne Festival 2022 © John Millard, Whirligig 2019 © Paul Blakemore