Open Call: Without Walls Green Production Lab 2021 in partnership with Walk the Plank

Are you an outdoor arts production manager wanting to be greener in your work?

The Without Walls Green Production Lab is a new initiative that aims to bring together production management professionals working across the Without Walls consortium and wider Outdoor Arts sector to explore the challenges and opportunities for reducing the environmental impacts of outdoor festivals, events, and touring productions.

Through facilitated workshops and discussions, the Green Production Lab will aim to provide a forum for production managers to connect with peers, share knowledge and examples of best practice, and feel inspired and empowered to take positive and proactive steps to address the climate emergency through their work.

To launch the Green Production Lab Without Walls are pleased to have partnered with outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank to host a series of accessible online sessions to take place over four weeks in Spring 2021, addressing several key topics on environmental sustainability and imagining a greener, more inclusive return to outdoor arts production.

The sessions will offer:

  • The opportunity to hear from guest speakers sharing their expertise.
  • Chances to build a peer network, ask questions and explore ways to constructively develop in your own work.

Who is the programme for?

These sessions are designed for those who:

  • Work professionally in a production management role, either freelance or associated with a UK-based venue or organisation.
  • Have practical and recent work experience in the UK outdoor arts sector.
  • Whilst the programme was designed with event organisers in mind, the sessions will also offer useful learning to those working with touring artist companies.
  • Please note you do not need to be connected to a Without Walls partner event/organisation to apply – we are interested in attracting a diversity of voices and welcome applicants working across a range of art forms and events.

Sessions Overview:

Taking place online over four consecutive weeks, each session will be two hours and address a different topic each week. Sessions will include a combination of presentations and reflective discussion.

  1. Embedding sustainable thinking in the production process: This session will provide an overview of sustainability in relation to the production planning process for outdoor arts events taking place in public space and encourage participants to share useful resources and examples.
  2. Energy: Approaches to sustainable power and managing temporary power supplies to reduce consumption.
  3. Circularity: The principles of circularity and approaches to move towards a circular model in your productions – from greening your supply chain and procurement, to reviewing the brief for your set/event design and specifications.
  4. Touring: Considering the impacts of touring both for outdoor artist companies and receiving festivals, and the importance of communication and collaboration to effect change and work towards establishing more sustainable models of touring.



The weekly sessions will be held between 3 – 5 pm UK time.

  • Session 1: Tuesday 13 April 2021
  • Session 2: Tuesday 20 April 2021
  • Session 3: Tuesday 27 April 2021
  • Session 4: Tuesday 4 May 2021


Please note: We are keen that participants attend all four sessions to allow a group and cohort to be created and a shared sense of purpose throughout the four sessions.

Please indicate your availability on the application form.

Bursaries and Access Provision


There is no cost to participate in the sessions. Additionally, Without Walls is offering a small, limited number of bursaries to those who face a financial barrier to participating. As an example, this might include freelance or non-salaried workers, or those requiring childcare support.

The bursary available is up to £200 which covers attendance at all four sessions, to be paid to recipients after completion of the programme. When registering your interest please briefly describe what costs a bursary would cover.


All sessions will be delivered in English. BSL interpretation and/or captioning will be provided should any participant require this. Please tell us what support would enable you to fully participate when you register your interest.

Register your interest

If you are interested in joining please complete this short expression of interest form which will also require you to confirm your availability for the dates outlined.

Please complete the form by 5pm on Green Production Lab is a new initiative that aims to bring together production management professionals working across the Without Walls consortium and wider Outdoor Arts sector to explore the challenges and opportunities for reducing the environmental impacts of outdoor festivals, events, and touring productions.

Please complete the form by 5pm on Monday 22 March 2021.

You will be notified of the outcome of your application no later than Friday 2 April 2021.

The first session takes place on Tuesday 13 April and continues on the following 3 consecutive weeks on Tuesdays, 3-5pm.

Please note all participants will be required to complete a brief evaluation at the end of the project, outlining; the insights they have gained, the new connections that they have made, and the ways in which they intend to apply their learning to their future practice as well as being invited to make recommendations for how the Green Production Lab initiative can continue to develop in the future.

For more information

If you have any queries or would like to speak to somebody about your application, please contact

This opportunity has been developed by Without Walls and is delivered in partnership with Walk the Plank and is supported by Arts Council England, through Without Walls’ National Portfolio Organisation funding.

About Without Walls & Walk The Plank

Without Walls is a national consortium of festivals and organisations dedicated to raising the profile of the UK outdoor arts sector, promoting artistic excellence and supporting innovative new work for the benefit of artists and audiences. Established in 2007 as a partnership of five founding festivals, Without Walls has since evolved to include over 35 partners spanning three strategic groups. Without Walls brings together artists, promoters and commissioners to make high-quality multi-arts outdoor shows that tour to festivals across the UK and beyond. The consortium nurtures talent and skills by researching, developing, supporting and touring new work, enhancing the growth of the sector, and reaching large audiences, many new to the arts.

Walk the Plank is one of the UK’s leading outdoor arts specialists with nearly 30 years’ experience working with artists and communities to create amazing work in the public realm. From festivals to immersive installations, parades to podcasts, Walk the Plank’s portfolio is diverse, spectacular and award-winning. The company has just undertaken R&D for Festival 2022, and for a new installation, BODY and is leading a Creative Europe project building the capacity of creative practitioners in 11 EU Capitals of Culture. National and international work sits alongside ongoing projects in Salford: working with schools and the Salford Culture and Place partnership.

Walk the Plank is a keen advocate for sustainable practice in the outdoor arts sector and is committed to a wide range of initiatives that maximise positive social and economic impact and minimise negative environmental impact. The company approaches sustainability like its health and safety responsibilities – crucial, non-negotiable and at the forefront of all planning. Walk the Plank produces Manchester Day, a parade that is pushed, pulled, cycled and recycled and won a 4* Creative Green award from Julie’s Bicycle in 2019. As an active member of the Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) they work collectively to pursue best sustainable practices