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 Festival partners at SIRF – ideas sharing and planning for the future

Aug 7, 2017

ATN Festival partners at SIRF – ideas sharing and planning for the future

Witness This by Company Chameleon © XTRAX   Coinciding with Stockton International Riverside Festival, Without Walls organised an Associate Touring Network partners meeting at the ARC, Stockton. The meeting gave partners a chance to share ideas, discuss their audience development plan and outline their artistic programme, as well as experience the programme of Stockton International Riverside Festiva;, a Without Walls partners and one of the UK’s longest-standing festivals. In light of Without Walls’ successful NPO funding...

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Without Walls wins major Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation bid

Jun 27, 2017

Without Walls wins major Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation bid

  Without Walls is delighted to have been awarded National Portfolio Organisation funding from Arts Council England for 2018/19- 2021/22. It recognises the artistic achievements of the past 10 years and how outdoor arts has flourished, bringing delight and challenge to audiences across the UK. Now we can plan with artists, companies and partners – existing and new – to deepen our impact and make ambitious new work. You can read our full statement...

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April set to be an egg-xcellent month for ATN Partners!

Apr 6, 2017

April set to be an egg-xcellent month for ATN Partners!

This year the ATN activities start very early, with Preston City Council and Yorkshire Festival bringing to their audiences six Without Walls shows, as well as some fantastic audience development activities. The fun begins on Easter Monday in Preston, where audiences will be able to see three Without Walls shows along with the traditional rolling of eggs down the big hill at Avenham Park: 8 Songs by Gandini Juggling, Ear Trumpet by Gobbledegook Theatre and Vegetable Nannies by Plunge Boom. Meanwhile, Yorkshire Festival will work with the...

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ATN Partners attend a Digital Engagement training day

Apr 6, 2017

ATN Partners attend a Digital Engagement training day

Over 15 Without Walls ATN Partners attended our digital engagement workshop, organised to help them develop the skills needed to reach and engage audiences through digital tools.   The training event, which was organised by Without Walls and took place at Z-Arts, in Manchester, saw Without Walls and ATN partners travel from across the UK to learn from Katie Moffat, Head of Digital at The Audience Agengy about digital engagement. Participants had the opportunity to discuss successes and challenges in their current practice, understand...

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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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