How do outdoor arts have the potential to reach audiences other artforms can’t, and how can we best support the sector, asks Penny Mills.
Losing NPO funding was devastating for Dance Manchester, but it has liberated the company to pursue its own path driving placemaking through outdoor work, says Deb Ashby.
For people reluctant to pay to see a full-length Shakespeare play, the RSC’s open-air, non-ticketed theatre staging amateur productions offers a relaxed alternative, says Nicola Salmon.
Alison Fordham explains how IF: Milton Keynes International Festival’s programme of outdoor events is a key audience development and placemaking tool for the town.
Partnering with Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty has created opportunities for Activate to bring exciting contemporary art to stunning outdoor settings. Kate Wood explains how.
Outdoor events have been key to attracting tourists to Kent’s coastal towns and driving culture-led regeneration, says Sarah Dance.
Taking an outdoor show on tour presents many challenges, quite different to those for venue-based touring. Irene Segura explains how a consortium model is supporting artists and companies.
A research project examining Leicester’s 24 arts festivals uncovered interesting insights into audience behaviour and preferences. Richard Fletcher discusses the findings.
An immersive theatre performance lasted 13 hours – the time it took to fly from Heathrow to New York via Iceland. Kate Hargreaves tells the story.
Volunteering in the arts should be an enriching experience, says Cathryn Peach. She shares five tips for designing programmes that motivate, empower and inspire volunteers.
For Joe Mackintosh the first three years of the Creative People and Places investment programme has passed in the blink of an eye against an agenda that is generational in scale.
Tourism has been in decline in England’s seaside towns for years, but now a network bringing world-class circus and street arts to the coast is enticing the tourists back. Joe Mackintosh tells the story.
In the competitive world of apps, how can a cultural tour app stand out? Researchers at King’s College London and the University of Melbourne identify five key features.
An outdoor performance project featuring blind and visually impaired dancers and musicians has pulled passers-by into a world of ‘sonic vision’. Isabel Jones shares the effects on performers and audiences.
The first Mossley Light Festival may have transformed the northern town for just one night, but the change in the community will be much more long term. Leon Patel explains how it empowered local people.
As many organisers of outdoor arts events have a love–hate relationship with collecting data from visitors, Vishalakshi Roy offers some advice on how to make it a more positive experience.
A national project will put a street arts and circus touring network at the heart of plans to revitalise the economies of England’s coastal towns.
The outdoor arts attract audiences that other artforms aren’t always able to. Jonathan Goodacre examines why.
Spending time in the great outdoors is proven to boost wellbeing, but how can the arts encourage people to do it? Nicky Goulder describes one project that is doing just that.
Artichoke’s Lumiere light festival is hugely reliant on sponsorship. As it prepares to come to London for the first time, Sarah Coop describes the unique challenge of securing support in a new city.