We’re excited to welcome new partner DaDa to the Without Walls Artistic Directorate network.

DaDa is an award-winning, innovative arts organisation based in Liverpool that delivers a biennial International festival and provides a platform for disabled, Deaf and neurodivergent artists to develop and make high quality work. It also produces a programme of work for disabled, Deaf and neurodivergent people to access the arts, including training and a young people’s programme.

DaDa are joining the Artistic Directorate this year, our network of some of the UK’s most regarded outdoor arts and performance specialists.

“DaDa are absolutely delighted to be joining the Without Walls network. We are excited to be supporting and developing new work by underrepresented artists, specifically intersectional disabled, Deaf and neurodivergent artists who are fellow disruptors that cause radical change by means of innovation for the outdoor arts sector and new work presented here in Liverpool.”

– Nickie Miles-Wildin, Co-Artistic Director of DaDa

The Artistic Directorate annually invests commissioning funds into a programme of new outdoor shows that go on and tour across the UK and internationally. This process ensures an influx of new shows for the outdoor arts sector and helps nurture the talent and skills of those working in the sector.

This announcement comes as we launch two new open calls, our Blueprint R&D 2022 Open Call supporting the research and development of new work, and the 2023 Creation & Touring Support Open Call, supporting the creation of work to tour in 2023.

Joint Artistic Directors Nickie Miles-Wildin and Grace Ng will join Artistic Directorate meetings, helping us to champion work by Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists and ensure that the lived experience of these artists is represented and reflected within the Without Walls Artistic Directorate.

Find out more about DaDa here

Find out more about our Open Calls here