The company, which features a network of 30 festivals that bring outdoors arts to people across the UK, have added three more companies to their ongoing collaborations.
Without Walls have announced the addition of three new partners: Timber Festival, Certain Blacks and The Culture House.
The Without Walls Artistic Directorate includes the UK’s most highly regarded outdoor arts and performance specialists who, in 2021, will invest over £650k to support artists to develop and tour ambitious new outdoor projects. This process, spearheaded by the Artistic Directorate, ensures an influx of new shows for the Outdoor Arts sector.
Joining the Artistic Directorate, Certain Blacks are an arts development organisation that was formed to support the growth of diverse artists. They present performance, live art, music and theatre from the creative voices of our diverse society, aiming to challenge the norms of performance and what is seen as diverse.
Meanwhile, also new to the Artistic Directorate is Timber Festival. This immersive festival takes place in the heart of the National Forest celebrating our relationship with trees and forests through music, art and ideas. Taking place across one weekend in July, the festival sees new thinkers, activists, makers, artists, musicians and writers will gathering to inspire our complex relationship with nature.
Finally, Without Walls also look to work with partners who are dedicated to creating an appetite for outdoor arts in communities without regular arts activity and low levels of cultural engagement, such as The Culture House who are joining the Touring Network Partnership branch of the organisation in 2021. The Culture House aim to positively impact on everyday life by presenting work in a wide range of indoor and outdoor local spaces.
Talking about the news, Josephine Burns, Chair of Without Walls said: “Without Walls is an undeniable success story for the UK Outdoor Arts sector; our collective decision-making model has led to pioneering outdoor work being presented across the country for free. We are delighted to welcome our new partners to Without Walls – these appointments continue to broaden our collective voice and expertise to ensure our work can be even more transformative on a local, regional and national level.”
Without Walls will be announcing details of its 2021 programme in March and is set to be one of the company’s biggest yet.
To find out more about Without Walls visit: https://www.withoutwalls.uk.com/