On the Road 2016

During the summer of 2016, OutdoorArtsUK visited various festivals and events across the country, with a series of networking events for the Outdoor Arts sector.

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We teamed up with a number of OutdoorArtsUK members, organisations and festivals and travelled to Manchester, Winchester, Milton Keynes, Glasgow, Stockton-on-Tees, Kendal, Derby and Llandudno.

Each FREE event included discussion about topics and issues affecting the sector, the opportunity to share information, events and ideas, the chance to discover more about the host festival and networking time with fellow producers and programmers and artists. We invited funding representatives to help with your financial questions.

OutdoorArtsUK On the Road: MANCHESTER

19 Jun 2016 3:30pm


OutdoorArtsUK visited Manchester Day for the first event and the chance to learn more about the parade, which, over the past seven years, has grown into a major part of the city’s cultural calendar and is now a much broader city-wide celebration of outdoor arts; in association with Walk The Plank.

Hot topic – enhancing civic life:

How can Outdoor Arts have a positive effect on civic life and the wider community?

Participants included: Nancy Barrett, Director, Creative SceneShanaz Gulzar, Adept ProjectsDr Louise Platt, Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan UniversityLiz Pugh, Co-Founder & Producer, Walk the Plank;
Vicky Rosin, former Head of Culture for Manchester City Council.

OutdoorArtsUK On the Road: WINCHESTER

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3 Jul 10:30am

Breakfast time! OutdoorArtsUK visited the UK’s oldest Outdoor Arts festival; in association with Hat Fair & the University of Winchester.

Hot topic: safeguarding future skills

OutdoorArtsUK On the Road: MILTON KEYNES


17 Jul 10:00am

It was a creative afternoon tea as OutdoorArtsUK headed to the new Creation Centre in Milton Keynes; in association with Festive Road and MK Festival Fringe.

Hot topic: building business relationships

OutdoorArtsUK On the Road: GLASGOW

31 Jul 10:30am

Join for a café brunch in Glasgow for the fourth networking and discussion opportunity; in association with Merchant City Festival, Creative Scotland & Articulation.

Hot topic: developing partnership funding

OutdoorArtsUK On the Road: STOCKTON

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6 Aug 10:00am

Breakfast time in Stockton-on-Tees, home of the very successful international festival, for more Outdoor Arts networking; in association with Stockton International Riverside Festival.

Hot topic: purposeful inclusive programming

OutdoorArtsUK On the Road: KENDAL

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26 Aug 5:00pm

OutdoorArtsUK visited Kendal for lakeside networking; in association with Lakes Alive. This one offered the chance to stay on for an fantastic al fresco dinner.

Hot topic: dynamic digital work

OutdoorArtsUK On the Road: DERBY

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23 Sep 3:30pm

OutdoorArtsUK visited Derby and its very co-operative festival model for afternoon tea, networking and conversation; in association with Derby Festé.

Hot topic: dance in the outdoors

OutdoorArtsUK On the Road: LLANDUDNO

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25 Sep 10:00am

OutdoorArtsUK headed to Welsh seaside for the last Outdoor Arts brunch of the season at Llawn#4; in association with Articulture Wales.

Hot topic: practical rural programming