Latest news from the ATN

In this section, you will find what is going on behind the scenes with the Associate Touring Network

and get a look into the trailblazing work our partners are undertaking

ATN 2016-2018: 2016 Key Highlights

Dec 6, 2016

ATN 2016-2018: 2016 Key Highlights

As we are approaching the end of Year 1 of the second three-year strategic touring project, we would like to look back at the ATN and highlight the lasting impact of the project. The following statistics are just a few findings from a large research project featuring all ten of the ATN partners. This year the ATN presented 20 shows from the Without Walls back catalogue, delivering over 155 performances at partner festivals across England. Over 100 artists, technicians and producers have benefitted from touring to the ATN in 2016. The...

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A look at Bell Square: Audience development through social media

Oct 18, 2016

A look at Bell Square: Audience development through social media

Without Walls is working with Bell Square, Outdoor Arts Space in the Heart of Hounslow to deliver an accessible programme of outdoor arts to this borough of London. Bell Square is managed by Watermans who is keen to engage the local community through social media. It has been using Facebook and Twitter, posting engaging event posts and interacting with like-minded organisations and individuals. The result of which has been Bell Square organically growing its online following. The organisation launched its blogger campaign on social media and...

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ATN 2016-2018: Family engagement and Festival Ambassadors at SO Festival

Aug 11, 2016

ATN 2016-2018: Family engagement and Festival Ambassadors at SO Festival

Engaging with family groups was a priority for So Festival in Skegness. Funded by Without Walls, the festival worked with Infinite Arts, an organisation which encourages young people to explore their creativity through participatory activities. In the run-up to the festival, two full-day workshops took place in two local schools, which engaged with 60 pupils. The workshops explored the architecture of family space, through the construction of geodesic dome structures. In one workshop, pupils experimented with woven constructions and created a...

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Without Walls Awarded £980,794 from Arts Council England to Take Free Outdoor Performances across the Country

Nov 16, 2015

Without Walls Awarded £980,794 from Arts Council England to Take Free Outdoor Performances across the Country

 Sufi:Zen  by Akademi © Chris Pointon Without Walls has received £980,794 of funding from Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund to continue the work of its Associate Touring Network (ATN) from 2016-2018. The ATN will work with 10 festivals in some of England’s most underprivileged areas to present exciting new outdoor shows of all scales and genres, reaching new audiences across the country The Associate Touring Network will reach an estimated 1.4 Million people through arts engagement and community outreach projects...

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The Impact of the ATN: Building an Appetite in Stoke-On-Trent through taster tours

Oct 28, 2015

The Impact of the ATN: Building an Appetite in Stoke-On-Trent through taster tours

Wet Picnic performing The Lift Without Walls is approaching the end of its first three-year strategic touring project and we would like to look back at the ATN and highlight the lasting impact of the project. Since joining the Associate Touring Network in 2014, Appetite has delivered some of its audience development programme in partnership with the local radio station. In 2014, the station’s Breakfast Show interviewed artists that were part of the festival, and in 2015, this partnership produced the Big Feast Taster Tour. Taking place...

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The Impact of the ATN: Artist-led community workshops in Medway

Oct 23, 2015

The Impact of the ATN: Artist-led community workshops in Medway

C-12 Dance Theatre Company performing Trolleys Without Walls is approaching the end of its first three-year strategic touring project and we would like to look back at the ATN and highlight the lasting impact of the project. Fuse Festival Medway succeeded in breaking down the barrier of arts participant by working with Without Walls artists including Kuljit Bhamra and the cast of Chutney in the Street!, Southpaw Dance Company and C-12 Dance Theatre Company to deliver community-based workshops. These workshop programmes were held in the...

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The Impact of the ATN: Broadcast and Media Training in Hull

Oct 15, 2015

The Impact of the ATN: Broadcast and Media Training in Hull

 The Bell, by Periplum. One of the highlights of Freedom Festival 2015 and one of Without Walls’ longest touring shows Without Walls is approaching the end of its first three-year strategic touring project and we would like to look back at the ATN and highlight the lasting impact of the project. The Associate Touring Network supported Freedom Festival to train four Ambassadors in media & broadcasting which was led by an expert in community media. Training involved broadcast & written journalism skills – including...

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The Impact of the ATN: Ambassador Stories

Oct 7, 2015

The Impact of the ATN: Ambassador Stories

Without Walls is approaching the end of its first three-year strategic touring project and we would like to look back at the ATN and highlight the lasting impact of the project. Undoubtedly one of our proudest achievements is the development of the Festival Ambassador Scheme. This involved over 100 people from all over the UK. Without Walls used its own expertise and that of its sector peers to provide them with festival excursions, skill development training and creative brainstorming and feedback sessions, giving those involved the chance...

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Freedom Festival hosts ATN Festival ambassadors

Sep 7, 2015

Freedom Festival hosts ATN Festival ambassadors

Without Walls ATN Festival Ambassadors headed to Freedom Festival in Hull to attending a How-to workshop about critiquing outdoor art.     The training session built on the success of Without Walls’ previous ambassador event in May and gave those in attendance the chance to see commissioned work including Faust, by Southpaw Dance Company; Frantic, by Acrojou and The Bell, by Periplum with the intention that they will be able to respond critically to what they’ve seen. Once again, many ambassadors shared the sights and...

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OPPORTUNITY: Without Walls accepting proposals for festivals wishing to join the Associate Touring Network 2016-2018

Jun 24, 2015

OPPORTUNITY: Without Walls accepting proposals for festivals wishing to join the Associate Touring Network 2016-2018

  Expression of interest for festivals and arts organisations wishing to join the Without Walls Associate Touring Network: 2016 – 2018    We are looking for up to 8 partners to join the Associate Touring Network: 2016 – 2018. The aims of this project are to extend the reach of the existing Without Walls programme and to deliver an ambitious programme of Audience Development initiatives, ensuring that diverse audiences across England have access to the highest quality UK outdoor work.     Priorities for Without...

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