Partnerships are at the heart of Without Walls; whether you are a festival interested in working with us, an organisation looking to co-commission an outdoor project or a corporate business looking for a creative outlet for your messages and to expand your reach we'd love to hear from you

Open Call for Festivals and Arts Organisations wanting to join the Creative Development Network

Without Walls is looking for expressions of interest from new and developing outdoor festivals or any venues, local authorities or organisations who would like to join the Creative Development Network (CDN).

The CDN aims to act as a ‘festival incubator’; supporting emerging festivals or arts organisations taking the first steps into presenting outdoor arts events. It affords partners the opportunity to develop a relationship with Without Walls as a means of finding out more about the Outdoor Arts sector, networking with peers, and seeking advice on the development of their outdoor programmes. The CDN programme of activity is driven by the needs and interests of the group, and partners work collaboratively to share learning, resources and skills.

CDN partners will have access to a range of partner benefits, including:

  • Invitations to four meetings a year with travel bursaries available (by request) to support partners to attend;
  • Access to subsidised Without Walls training opportunities and further resources;
  • Up to half a day per annum of bespoke one-to-one support from the Without Walls management team (usually delivered remotely via phone or email);
  • Additional light-touch contact with the Without Walls management team throughout the year, with a dedicated point of contact to support partners in steering and making connections;
  • Opportunities to meet with other Without Walls festival partners, management staff and Board members at informal networking events throughout the year;
  • Preview information about the Without Walls programme including opportunities to attend Work in Progress events, sharings and artist meetings;
  • Marketing and advocacy support including access to Without Walls shared marketing, press and PR as well as the Without Walls branding kit and profiling across social media and online;
  • Brokering of mentoring opportunities with other Without Walls festival partners (fees may be incurred);
  • Access to Consortium benchmarking audience data via The Audience Agency partnership with Without Walls.

In return, we ask that partners:

  • Pay an annual subscription fee of £900 (+VAT) with a minimum of one year’s commitment.
  • Agree to Without Walls’ Terms of Reference which are issued on joining and then reviewed annually.
  • Attend a minimum of two meetings per year to continue their involvement in the network.

A 25% discount is available to organisations / independent producers not in receipt of regular funding. Please contact Anais Biaux to discuss eligibility.

If you would like to be considered as a Without Walls Creative Development Partner please complete the Expression of Interest Form and return it to Anais Biaux at by 5 pm on Thursday 13 February 2020.


Provisional timetable:

  • Deadline for submission of proposals: Thursday 13 February 2020, 5 pm
  • Confirmation of new partners: March 2020
  • Terms of Reference and subscription invoices issued: 1 April 2020
  • First 2020 CDN Partner Meeting: Friday 15 May 2020, Norwich (followed by an optional weekend itinerary to visit Norfolk and Norwich Festival)

Forthcoming 2020-21 meetings:

  • Friday 15 May: CDN meeting 1/4: hosted by Norfolk and Norwich Festival (followed by an optional weekend itinerary to visit Norfolk and Norwich Festival)
  • Friday 3 July: CDN meeting 2/4: hosted by Basingstoke Festival. Will include a session examining developing partnerships with retail centres and an optional weekend itinerary to visit Hat Fair, Winchester.
  • Wed 25 November: CDN meeting 3/4: 2020 season evaluation and 2021 planning meeting, location to be confirmed.
  • February (2021): CDN meeting 4/4: Date and location to be confirmed.

Further information:

To discuss your expression of interest please contact Anais Biaux at 


Other ways you can work with us:

We work in partnership with many different organisations to nurture and develop ambitious new outdoor work. Since 2007 we have commissioned and supported more than 200 new outdoor projects by UK companies, many of which have toured widely in the UK and internationally and we have delivered these projects in partnership with lots of different co-commissioners and partners.