Without Walls invites artists and companies to apply for funds through the Blueprint R&D programme. This is designed to support the Research and Development costs of new outdoor touring work for presentation in 2021 or beyond.

Without Walls has broken new ground in the development and creation of outdoor arts in the UK, working in partnership to deliver opportunities for British artists to create new work of the highest quality, and making that programme available to the widest possible audience.

Since its formation in 2007, Without Walls has developed and toured over 299 new shows by UK companies and supported the Research and Development of over 50 projects. Without Walls’ commissions are touring widely both in the UK and internationally across 22 countries.

Blueprint support for Research and Development

Without Walls recognises the importance of Research and Development in the creation of new and ambitious projects. As part of this longer-term planning Without Walls wishes to invest in early or mid-stage research on projects that may come to fruition in 2021 or beyond.

Blueprint support is available to enable artists to undertake development for new shows for presentation in 2021, 2022 or later. Without Walls recognises that ambitious new work takes time to bring to fruition and that artists can benefit from the opportunity to explore new ideas as part of the development process, before committing to a production.

This approach can also assist with fundraising for new work, and can be a useful way of engaging commissioners, supporters and partners in new work.

How to request Blueprint support from Without Walls:

Please read the eligibility and guidance notes for Blueprint. All applications to Without Walls should be made through the online portal.

Anticipated Timeline
Deadline for submission of all proposals: 17.00h on Wednesday 29th January 2020.
Notification of supported projects: week of 2 March 2020.

Eligibility and guidance:

  • Without Walls is looking for work from all disciplines and genres, that is innovative and ambitious and challenges the idea of what outdoor arts can be.
  • The planned work must be suitable for outdoor touring and artists should be committed to exploring touring opportunities for the works beyond the Without Walls festivals.
  • Proposals for work could be adaptable in scale, suitable for daytime and/or evening presentation and may also include promenade or processional based elements.
  • Without Walls exists to support the development of new and ambitious work by UK artists; projects can be developed in association with international artists, but the lead partner on the project must be based in the UK.

More information about the Open call can be found here.