About Without Walls

"Without Walls is a consortium of festivals and organisations dedicated to leading excellence in UK outdoor arts through the creation and touring of inspirational new work."

Established in 2007 as a partnership of 5 founding festivals, Without Walls has grown into a consortium of 36 partners, spanning 3 strategic groups.  Together we create, develop and tour innovative new work and invest in the growth of the outdoor arts sector. 

Without Walls is made up of the Artistic Directorate, the Touring Network Partnership and the Creative Development Network. Find out more about what these groups do here. 

Since 2007, we have supported over 200 new shows made by artists working at the heart of the outdoor arts sector, encouraging them to explore ideas in a positive, supportive environment. 

We champion and support diverse work and accessibility in the arts, with a wide range of shows from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse artists and Deaf and Disabled artists. 

Over the past 3 years, 3 million people have attended festivals that are part of the Without Walls consortium. From the metropolitan centre of London to the banks of the River Tees in Stockton; from the woodland site of Just So to urban public spaces in Stoke, Doncaster and Skegness – Without Walls’ work reaches audiences far and wide. 

Without Walls is funded by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation. 

Company Vision, Mission and Values

Vision:

Without Walls raises the artistic bar of UK outdoor arts ever higher, the diverse work it creates being recognised for innovation and wonder across the UK and overseas.

Mission:

Without Walls leads excellence in outdoor arts through the creation of inspirational new work – from the intimate to the epic – of the highest quality by UK artists, touring this work to reach large, diverse and new audiences across the country.

Values:

Without Walls is committed to quality and innovation; values that run through everything the consortium does.

The Without Walls Network

Some of the UK’s most regarded outdoor arts and performance specialists. 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.

Find out more about the Artistic Directorate here

A network of festivals of all shapes and sizes across the UK in areas without regular arts activity. Without Walls works with these partners to create an appetite for outdoor arts across the country. The project builds off the impact of Without Walls’ highly influential Associate Touring Network.

  • Appetite, Stoke-On-Trent
  • The Arches Festivals Worcester, part of Severn Arts
  • Arts by the Sea, Bournemouth
  • Basingstoke Festival
  • Birmingham Hippodrome
  • First Art, Mansfield
  • Lancashire Encounter, Preston
  • Leicester City Council
  • Mouth Of The Tyne Festival, North Tyneside
  • Now Northwich, Cheshire Dance
  • Oldham Council
  • Rochdale Feel Good Festival
  • SO Festival, East Lincolnshire
  • The Culture House, Grimsby
  • Theatre Orchard, Somerset
  • Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure
  • Wakefield Council
  • WE Great Place, Wentworth and Elsecar

Find out more about the Touring Network Partnership here

A group of festivals that Without Walls provides mentorship and development support to in the context of helping to develop new outdoor arts programmes.

  • 2021 Visual Arts, North Lincolnshire Arts Development
  • All in the Mind Festival, Basingstoke & Hampshire
  • Citadel Arts
  • Dancin’ Oxford
  • Historic England
  • Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
  • The Cultural Spring, South Shields

Find out more about the Creative Development Network here