Redbridge Outdoor Arts
An exciting programme of cultural events animating public spaces. Through the programming of high quality, innovative UK and international outdoor arts they aim to attract, engage and inspire local people, creating new and diverse audiences in Redbridge.
Redbridge Outdoor Arts is an exciting programme of cultural events animating public spaces. Through the programming of high quality, innovative UK and international outdoor arts we aim to attract, engage and inspire local people, creating new and diverse audiences in Redbridge. Presenting free, accessible and welcoming experiences for everyone encourages a sense of civic pride through the shared experience of Outdoor Arts.
Redbridge Outdoor Arts is managed by Vision RCL’s Culture Development Team, the summer programme runs from June to September, with a winter event in November and St George’s Day celebrations in April.
The programme is delivered in partnership with Arts Council England’s National Portfolio Organisation Without Walls through their Touring Network Partnership and the Circulate Outdoor Arts for London consortium.
Funding of both projects comes from the Arts Council of England with funding from Without Walls through their National Portfolio Grant and Project Grants through the Circulate consortium led by Vision RCL.
The Redbridge Outdoor Arts programme consists of 10 events including small and medium scale work, walkabouts and interactive durational pieces from the UK and abroad. The events take place in Ken Aston Square, Barkingside and Ilford Town Centre in the London Borough of Redbridge, all events are FREE, audiences experience high quality UK and International outdoor arts as well as performances from local musicians and school choirs.
Why we joined Without Walls
Joining the Without Walls network had been an ambition for a couple years, we were keen to develop our town centre programmes and had admired the Bell Square outdoor arts space in Hounslow, a previous partner in the network. Once our vision had become clear we were keen to apply for a place on the network, the reputation of Without Walls was at the forefront of the decisions and of course access to the network of festivals and outdoor artists.
The encouragement and support to Go & See work, to learn about the different elements of the sector, the guidance, support and professional development opportunities for working in Outdoor Arts meant we could realise our vision.
Being part of the Without Walls TNP has enabled us to grow our network of peers in the sector, has driven our ambition to develop our programme and engage wider, more diverse audiences and to have a greater understating of them through robust evaluation.
Without Walls has inspired Redbridge Outdoor Arts and enabled them to take risks and be brave!
The Redbridge Outdoor Arts team
Sam Goodey is the lead consortium member in the Without Walls Touring Network Partnership and Circulate Outdoor Arts for London, she created Redbridge Outdoor Arts and manages the Artistic Programme. Sam is the Culture & Library Development Manager for Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure.
Bonita Cattle is the lead Production Manager for Redbridge Outdoor Arts , she manages the Artistic Programme for St George’s Day and the winter event in November. Bonita is the Culture Development Officer for Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure.
Redbridge Outdoor Arts Events
Redbridge Outdoor Arts is partly funded by the London borough of Redbridge as part of Vision RCL’s management fee and cultural programming for Ilford and Barkingside Town Centre. Redbridge Outdoor Arts was developed with the aim of engaging a wide audience with the intention of creating public spaces that promote happiness, well-being and connection to place.
Redbridge Outdoor Arts Audiences
The feedback from audiences is excellent, here are some favourite quotes from Summer 2019:
“The performance was inspiring and dynamic. My children loved it.”
“I always enjoy KAS and Redbridge events, always different and unusual!”
“I chanced upon it and was so impressed I bought someone else to the second show.”
“My friend came to see the show earlier and told me how good it was so I came along this afternoon.”
“It was lovely watching the dancers move and their message was inspiring and vital.”
“WONDERFUL 4 year old loved the audience participation and where they took some people!”
“That was a truly magical experience that I witnessed (twice) today”
Redbridge Outdoor Arts audiences are mostly made up of local families that reflect the diversity of Redbridge. 90% of audiences live in the borough, with over 50% being Asian or Asian British. Almost 80% of audiences are defined as from the culturally low to medium engaged profiles with 58% defined as culturally low engaged. Over half of audiences live in some of the most deprived wards in the borough.