A Statement on Brexit

OutdoorArtsUK will support UK artists working in Europe and UK festivals engaging European artists.

Brexit… whatever the outcome, OutdoorArtsUK will support UK artists working in Europe and UK festivals engaging European artists

This is a message aimed at our colleagues and friends across Europe working in the Outdoor Arts sector and our Members in the UK; festival programmers, artists, companies, agents and producers.

As you will be aware, the UK is somewhat in limbo at the moment, with our future status in Europe still uncertain. As a publicly funded organisation, we are not venturing an opinion, but we want to be clear about how we hope to act to ensure our work continues to be international.

The cultural sector thrives on cultural exchange – and some of our most inspirational work is based on rich and vibrant international collaboration.

Whatever the future legislation and the colour of the politics, OutdoorArtsUK is committed to ensuring that this vital part of our work continues. Festivals across Europe and in the UK are now in the process of finalising their summer programmes, and we are aware that the ambiguity regarding UK companies working in Europe and European companies working in the UK may be affecting decision-making and programming choices.

OutdoorArtsUK will offer practical support to our members working in Europe and to UK festivals engaging European companies.

With so much uncertainty, we cannot be sure what form OutdoorArtsUK support may need to take – and we don’t want to overstate our capacity both practically and financially – but we will consider some of the following actions:

  • Providing support for UK member artists to apply for the necessary visas, tax arrangements and other paperwork to facilitate working in festivals in Europe
  • Providing support for UK member festivals to apply for the necessary visas, tax arrangements and other paperwork to facilitate engaging European artists
  • Partnering and pairing with other cultural organisations to share information, knowledge, best practice and resources
  • Providing advice and guidance services to artists and festivals on any new legislation
  • Running workshops to support and share practical steps to work abroad
  • Sharing and analysing information about any new legislation
  • In exceptional circumstances, we may consider financial support for additional costs directly relating to international work

Pragmatically, we assume that we will prioritise any support to smaller festivals, companies and individuals in the first instance.Obviously, with the situation shifting on a daily basis, all this may change, but for now, please be assured that OutdoorArtsUK is committed to supporting our members in the forthcoming season and beyond.

Please continue to engage with the UK Outdoor Arts sector with confidence.

 

Photo: Block by NoFit State Circus & Motionhouse, performing at FiraTàrrega, Spain, 2018 | © La Xarxa