C-19 Resources – OAUK Webinars

#GettingBackOutdoors Webinar 2

for Artists, Production Teams and Producers  

Took Place: 28 Aug 2020 – 10am-11.30am  

In the current Covid-19 situation – and amidst ongoing guidance about returning to performance and cultural activity – many artists, producers and companies are considering presenting their work outdoors. If you are wondering how to take your work and develop or adapt it for open-air environments, we will offer some guidance, examples and considerations.

If you are an artist or company working in circus, dance, cabaret, theatre, comedy or any other discipline or if you work on the production side, we will try and help you find a way to move from indoor to outdoor performance.


Vicki Amedume (Artistic Director, Upswing)
Sarah Bird (Co-director, Wild Rumpus)
Ajay Chhabra (Co-artistic Director, Nutkhut)
Dan Lake (Production & Event Management, Brighton Festival, Same Sky, Illuminated Leonardslee)
Ray Lee (Artistic Director, Invisible Forces)
Angus MacKechnie (Executive Director, OutdoorArtsUK)
Matt Pang (PanGottic)
Lorna Rees (Artistic Director, Gobbledegook Theatre)


#GettingBackOutdoors Webinar 1

for Venues & Organisations

Took Place: 14 Aug 2020 – 10am-11.30am  

In response to Covid-19, many cultural, business and public sector organisations are looking at presenting arts and cultural activities outdoors. If you are wondering how to animate and populate streets, courtyards, parks, squares and shopping areas we are here to offer some guidance and advice. This is also a great opportunity to re-engage with audiences and local communities in these open-air settings.  

This webinar will be useful for organisations which are looking for advice on programming and safely presenting outdoor events, from light nights to street festivals, rural installations to pyrotechnic installations, perhaps for the first time.

If you are a cultural venue such as a theatre, arts centre or museum, a Local Authority, BID (Business Improvement District), CPP (Creative People & Places project) or other organisation interested in the benefits and practicalities presenting arts out in the public realm, we’re here to help you get outdoors.       

Graham Callister (Community Engagement & Festivals Director, Birmingham Hippodrome)
Brian Cleary (Sygma the Safetygeeks)
Paul Cowell (Head of Culture and Libraries for Medway Council)
Lou Lomas (Freelance Producer: The Fabularium, Talking Birds, Ascension Dance)
Angus MacKechnie (Executive Director, OutdoorArtsUK)
Mark Tillotson (Director, Markmark Productions)



Angus Mackechnie Slides

Paul’s Top Five Tips

Getting Back Outdoors – Headline findings

Lou Lomas Slides

Webinar #1 Chat Transcript

Webinar #2 Chat Transcript