How we shape and invest in the UK Outdoors Arts Sector

Without Walls has made a massive impact on outdoor arts, not just its festivals, but the wider UK and international sector.

Without Walls has shown that funders, presenters and artists working strategically as one can achieve more than any one organisation could. It has helped artists from all backgrounds and disciplines create outstanding, innovative outdoor shows, and has helped take this to audiences all over England, many of whom don’t participate in arts and culture in the traditional way.

Our consortium is instrumental in developing and maintaining an active UK touring network; many of the shows we have helped to create continue to tour nationally and internationally, contributing to the UK’s increasing recognition as one of the leading countries for outdoor arts in Europe. These have been made both by artists that have been working at the heart of the outdoor arts sector for many years, and by those new to the idea of working outdoors.

We also support partners to run community outreach programmes and audience development activity, and our work has been vital in delivering free, high-quality arts experiences to under-served audiences.

Overseas, Without Walls has changed the way in which UK outdoor arts is seen. Where once it was seen as being inferior to its international counterparts, UK outdoor arts is now regarded as unique amongst its peers, and the UK sector is considered a leader in audience development.

This year we released our Mid-Point Review, which reflects on the impact of Without Walls’ work since becoming an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation in 2018.

Scroll down for more information and downloads on Without Wall’s impact


Mid-Point Review

Launched 2021, this document shows Without Walls' impact as an NPO 2018-20

Without Walls Impact Study

A report commissioned in 2016 on all of Without Walls' work to date

Without Walls Impact Study - Key highlights

An overview of the 2016 Impact Study

Without Walls Advocacy Document

A report on the work of the Associate Touring Network from 2015

Images featured:

Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram
The Tide by Talawa Theatre Company
WILD by Motionhouse
As the World Tipped by Wired Aerial Theatre
Buck A Brenda by Wild N Beets
In Memoriam by Luke Jerram