Creative Lab: Creating Environmentally Sustainable Outdoor Work
Exploring a greener, more sustainable outdoor arts sector
Between 21-24 September 2020, Without Walls worked with Wild Rumpus (producers of Just So and Timber festivals) to host the Sustainability Creative Lab.
The Creative Lab featured a one-day online symposium open to all followed by a three-day artist residential taking place on-site at Wild Rumpus’ woodland space The Forge, Cheshire, giving participants access to the unique range of facilities including creation, fabrication and living facilities.
12 artists and their collaborators were selected through an open call to participate in the residential.
This one-day online event brought together a range of UK and international speakers from both in and out of the sector to share radical and reflective advice, case studies and approaches to embedding sustainability across three panel discussions. The content was aimed at artists, makers, producers, and festivals working in and interested in outdoor arts practise in its widest forms, that wish to explore a multi-faceted view of sustainability in relation to producing or touring work.
Full programme and delegate information can be viewed HERE
All 6 of the symposium sessions were recorded and can be played back on YouTube HERE
Picking up on themes from the symposium and looking in more detail at how artists can reduce their carbon impacts and encourage behavioural change through their creative outputs, this intensive residential event was held over three days immediately following the symposium. The residential comprised of artist surgeries and facilitated discussion alongside practical making time using the appropriate workshop/creation facilities for artists to be able to test and develop specific concepts and projects.
The residential hosted 12 artist companies on a fully residential and catered basis. Artists were selected through an open call process with a broad remit to attract a diverse range of experience and practice.
|Gareth Price-Baghurst, Artist||Testing using recycled and upcycled materials to scale up structures for large-scale touring|
|Jason Singh & Quays Culture||Exploring a new illuminated outdoor processional work with ecological themes|
|Autin Dance Theatre||Dance and puppetry exploring climate themes through storytelling|
|Diana Ford, Artist and maker||Puppetry and set building, exploring community co-creation|
|Safety Catch Theatre||Scaling up touring productions whilst maintaining sustainability commitments|
|A Bird in the Hand Theatre||Monitoring carbon impacts and storytelling through puppetry|
|Anna Horton, Artist||Interactive artworks to encourage people to playfully engage with their environment|
|Emma Faye, Body Artist||Visual artist & body painter exploring digital interventions in the outdoors through augmented reality|
|Elena Blanco, Artist||Multi-disciplinary design exploring ecological lighting|
|Red Herring Productions||Modelling new ways to achieve cultural exchange whilst reducing carbon impacts and focusing on hyper-local connections|
|Eric MacLennan, Artist||A visual artist exploring a new collective project|
|David Bennie, Midehya||Street dancer, breakdancing, acrobatics|