Tools and Toolkits

Some useful toolkits and online resources for the Outdoor Arts sector.

EFFE’s Festival Finder

Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe (EFFE) website: aims to provide a comprehensive free festivals listings service across Europe, and it is free to register.

Register your festival here

Outdoor Arts Audience Report July 2018

Outdoor Arts audiences are distinctive. Unlike audiences for many other artforms and cultural activities, they tend to be representative of the demographics of the public in their area.

The data shows that audiences for Outdoor Arts are local, drawn from their immediate hinterland. Profiles vary across the country, looking very different in coastal locations, rural settings, urban areas and so on. This evidence supports the idea that Outdoor Arts has the power to amplify a sense of community, and to change people’s perceptions of a place.

Attitude is Everything: State of Access Report

Attitude is Everything have launched their 4th State of Access Report. This interesting report examines the barriers faced by Deaf and disabled people when trying to book tickets for live music events, and sets out their vision for ticketing without barriers.

The report includes best practice examples, the findings of their recent Access Booking Survey, and the combined voice of hundreds of Deaf and disabled gig-goers highlighting the barriers they face when trying to book tickets and access for live music events.

Clore Leadership Programme: Governance in the arts and museums

Thinking of doing an audit or review of your Board?

Clore Leadership’s Governance Associates Prue Skene, Tom Wilcox and Keith Arrowsmith have created a toolkit of useful resources for Trustees and staff who work with boards

NaCTSO: Security Advice

Counter Terrorism
Protective Security Advice for Major Events

Many of us in the Outdoor Arts sector are aware that recent incidents may have implications for security around staging large-scale events in the public realm.

While there is no directive to be particularly over-cautious, a starting point for guidance and reassurance is this guide from the National Counter Terrorism Security Office. While it particularly refers to events of a very large scale, there are many useful points for clarification and consideration.

This guide is intended to give protective security advice to those who are responsible for organising major events and event security, irrespective of size and capacity and is not specific to any particular type of event. It is aimed at those events where there may be a risk of a terrorist attack either because of the nature of the event or the number or nature of the people who host or attend it. It highlights the vital part you can play in the UK counter terrorism strategy.

XTRAX ID: International Directory

The International Directory of Outdoor Arts

The XTRAX ID is a listing of over 1000 UK and international street artists, shows, promoters, Outdoor Arts festivals and events.

Creating a profile is completely free and allows users access to all areas of the directory as well as useful tools to help organise your findings. The XTRAX ID is here to facilitate working relationships, helping artists to promote their shows and organizers to programme their events.

The Big Ask

Case Studies and Advice on Fundraising for Outdoor Arts

An action research report into the experiences of five leading Outdoor Arts organisations as they tested a variety of fundraising methods. This report provides additional insight and advice to other Outdoor Arts organisations and creative producers interested in diversifying their income streams.

Part of Arts Council England’s Catalyst scheme.

ABBT: Safety Guidance for Non-conventional Theatre Spaces

The guidelines have been created by the Association of British Theatre Technicians in response to the rapid growth in the number of productions being staged in non-conventional spaces that are not equipped with the safety equipment found in regular theatres.

Outdoor Artists Toolkit

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Created by Theatre Bristol, Seachange Arts, Le Forneau, Close Act and Bui Bolg as a result of the Leonardo Open Out Arts Partnership

LADA Fundraising Resource Handbook

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Artsadmin, Home Live Art and the Live Art Development Agency’s free online Fundraising Resource Handbook, for use within the Live Art and performance sector

ACCT: Arts Commissioning Toolkit

Arts Commissioning Toolkit

Produced by Royal Opera House Bridge, Artswork and Kent County Council for the UK cultural sector as providers and the people who might commission them

Top Ten Tips on stewards for Outdoor Arts events

Creative People Places

Jan Lennox from Watermans and Creative People and Places Hounslow shares her top tips on using stewards to build relationships with audiences at outdoor events

Forestry Commission Artsworks Toolkit

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A guide to planning & producing artworks in the Natural Environment

Attitude is Everything: Access Starts Online


The Access Starts Online campaign is to enable venues and festivals to provide comprehensive and clear access information for potential Deaf and disabled customers

Leaping the Barriers

A short guide to improving accessibility for Visually Impaired People to Outdoor Arts events

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