Without Walls and Wild Rumpus present the Sustainability Creation Lab – Artists Call out

4 August 2020

Explore creative approaches to environmentally sustainable Outdoor Arts in a post-COVID world through a one-day virtual symposium and a three-day artist residential

Apply at the Wild Rumpus website

Without Walls and Wild Rumpus (managers of Just So Festival), are excited to present the Sustainability Creation Lab, a 1-day virtual Symposium and 3-day artist Residency about creating Environmentally Sustainable Outdoor Work, taking place 21–24 September 2020 at The Forge, Wild Rumpus, Cheshire.

Without Walls recognises that the climate crisis is an immediate and pressing issue and acknowledges the challenges that artists face in the creation and touring process, as well as the limited opportunities available to discuss and reflect on these issues. Following our first creative lab, this event will explore creative approaches to environmentally sustainable Outdoor Arts in a post-COVID world through a one-day virtual symposium and a three-day artist residential taking place in September 2020 at Wild Rumpus’ unique woodland hub The Forge.

The virtual symposium will be free of charge and open to attend for all (registration opens in September) whilst the residency is for a selected group of artists – details of how to apply are below.

Monday 21 September: Day One (Virtual Symposium, open to all)

The symposium aims to engender a sense of collective purpose in regards to building and maintaining a greener and more sustainable sector.

Topics at the forefront of conversation include:

  • How we can work more collaboratively within the Outdoor Arts sector for a collective sense of the importance of sustainability?
  • Who are the gatekeepers for change?
  • Examination of case studies and best practice in building and touring physically sustainable productions
  • How can we affect audience behaviours and embed sustainable messages into creative content?

Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 September inclusive: Days 2-4 (Residential intensive, selected artists only)

The content of this intensive will be tailored to the specific needs of the selected artists. Expert facilitators will be present to deliver content and guidance via workshops and discussion groups.  Wild Rumpus will provide the space and equipment to physically prototype new approaches to working with equipment and material.

The residential will support artists in:

  • Exploring and deconstructing the artists’ current approach and philosophy towards sustainability
  • Prototyping radical new ways to make decisions from a sustainability perspective, and to feel confident in these choices
  • Trialling new ways to work with plant or hireable equipment as desired
  • Specific project advice and guidance on how to make and build more sustainable projects, and the expected costs and challenges of these decisions
  • Peer-to-peer evaluation of projects from a sustainable perspective



To apply to participate in the artist residential, interested applicants should visit the Wild Rumpus website and complete the online application at the bottom of the page.

Registration for the virtual symposium will open in early September, alongside an announcement of the full programme.


Artist Residential Application Deadline: Monday 17th August 2020 17.00 BST

For more information including guidance around eligibility and access provisions, visit the Wild Rumpus website.