Without Walls is the UK’s leading consortium of festivals and organisations dedicated to raising the profile of the UK Outdoor Arts sector, the fastest growing and one of the most artistically exciting in today’s arts scene. Established in 2007 as a partnership of 5 founding festivals, Without Walls has grown into a consortium of 36 partners, spanning 3 strategic groups. Together we create, develop and tour innovative new work and invest in the growth of the outdoor arts. Below are a few or the organisations they work with that will share more about their available opportunities and how they work with Without Walls.
Artistic Director: Certain Blacks
Clive Lyttle MA is the Artistic Director of Certain Blacks and has over 20 years’ experience of producing high quality arts events and running arts organisations. These have included The Newham Mela, North Kensington Arts, The Portobello Festival, Portobello Radio and Delicious Records. Clive has also worked for Arts Council England for 14 years and has a MA in Cultural Leadership from City University with a final thesis on Outdoor Arts.
Certain Blacks is an arts development organisation formed to support the growth of diverse artists. The organisation support performance, live art, music and theatre and support the creative voice of our diverse society. The aim of the organisation is to provide more diverse work for touring and performance in the UK and beyond. Our Philosophy is to provide performance opportunities for new, emerging and established artists of the highest quality. The organisation aims to challenge the norms of performance and what is seen as diverse. Certain Blacks presents art from the margins into the mainstream. The organisation has a wealth of experience of producing work in venues and curating outdoor performance.
They deliver the outdoor festival Ensemble Festival in London’s Royal Victoria Docks.
Rowan Cowan & Sarah Bird
Co-Artistic Directors: Wild Rumpus
Rowan Cannon & Sarah Bird set up Wild Rumpus in 2009, initially dreaming up Just So Festival and then disappearing down a wormhole of immersive experiences and transformative experiences in outdoor landscapes.
Rowan & Sarah head up Wild Rumpus, working together on strategy, concepts and content. They’re interested in extending the fleeting experience of live events through deeper engagement in stories and ideas, in blurring the lines between participants and performers to create communities that inspire change.
Wild Rumpus is a social enterprise producing large scale outdoor arts events, most often in wild natural landscapes. These include music festival Timber and Just So, an outdoor festival for families and children of all ages. Learn more about the Just So festival here https://wildrumpus.org.uk/timber/https://wildrumpus.org.uk/just-so-festival/
Executive Producer: Stopgap Dance Company
With a background in theatre, Sho moved to the UK in 1995 and graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005 with a degree in Philosophy and Social Psychology. His studies gave him a theoretical understanding of how discrimination and segregation come about in social settings. After graduation, Sho worked at Arts Council England, South East and joined Stopgap Dance Company in 2008 to manage touring, outreach and dance development projects.
Sho began producing Stopgap’s outdoor productions in 2009 with ‘Tracking’ and built its profile in the outdoor arts sector. His endeavours culminated with a Cultural Olympiad tour of ‘SPUN Productions’ in 2012. After successfully completing ‘SPUN’, Sho joined the company’s senior management as the company’s full-time producer.
Sho is a trustee of ISTD, an advisory board member for Winchester Hat Fair and a member of the Area Council for Arts Council England.
Stopgap Dance Company create exhilarating dance productions for national and international touring. They employ disabled and non-disabled artists who find innovative ways to collaborate.
Stopgap value a pioneering spirit and are committed to making discoveries about integrating disabled and non-disabled people through dance.