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.
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