OPEN CALL: Commissioning and touring opportunities for new outdoor work in 2016


Without Walls invites artists and companies from any discipline to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work for presentation and touring in 2016.

The open call is now closed 



In the past nine years Without Walls has supported the development of over 80 ambitious outdoor shows from UK artists, across a range of art forms and genres, including theatre, dance, circus, visual and audio installations, music, opera, digital and interactive arts and many more. Many of these projects are now touring widely in the UK and internationally.


 In 2016 we will continue to support artists who want to create ground-breaking and exciting work for presentation at outdoor festivals across the country; this is subject to a successful Grants for Arts application.

We will be looking to support the creation and touring of a range of exciting and ambitious projects of different genres, styles and forms.


We are particularly interested in receiving proposals which explore:

1 – Innovation, risk and new boundaries
We are keen to support artists to experiment with new ideas and techniques, digital technology and ambitious material. All work we support must meet this priority.

2 – Small-scale work
Small-scale work from any discipline but that is suitable for playing on a variety of settings both urban and rural.

3 – Culturally diverse and deaf and disabled artists
We are committed to supporting work that is led by and features culturally diverse & deaf and disabled artists.


Additionally we are keen to support the following:
– Work for families and children that demonstrate innovation and excellence
– Outdoor circus that explores the dramatic possibilities of circus technique
– Innovation and digital development – work that pushes the boundaries of new technologies
– Work with a focus on innovative audience engagement



Prior to completing your application

Please read the guidance notes as this outlines the criteria for eligibility and contains information regarding Without Walls’ artistic policy and commissioning funds.

We also suggest that you review the Without Walls programme archives as this contains information about the work we have supported in the past. Also, please download a copy of Without Walls – On Tour, a catalogue of Without Walls shows which are still touring and view our showreels.


How to apply

If you believe your project is suitable and would like to request support, please download a proposal form and email your completed form and detailed budget to


Deadline for submission of proposals: Thursday 5th November, 5 pm
Notification of the shortlisted projects: W/C 30th November
We will then inform you by the week of December 14th, 2015 whether your project has been supported



For further information please contact the Without Walls management team, based at the XTRAX office:

+44 (0)161 227 8383 |