Making More of Outdoor Arts* is a research, conversation and thinking project. It has been commissioned by Arts Council England West Midlands and led by Helga Henry (of Creative Shift), and Orit Azaz (independent producer and creative consultant). We’d like you to get involved in the project and this is our first invitation to you to do so.
The project aims to bring together, extend and develop the community of interest around outdoor arts in the West Midlands. This community is broad and includes artists and artist groups; producers; venues; festivals; and existing and potential partners of outdoor events and performances. We have written to you because we feel that you are part of this community of interest.
Through conversations in several modes – one to one, questionnaire, small group meetings, large group gatherings – we will draw together recommendations for how ACE and its partners can best contribute to the continued development of outdoor arts activities in the region. The outcomes of Making More of Outdoor Arts will link with similar projects taking place in the South West and East Midlands and will feed into a conversation at national level.
SAVE THE DATE
The first large group gathering is scheduled and full details and an invitation will follow shortly. We’ll also have an online presence where you can follow our progress, share insights and look at the information and resources that we will share with you as we discover them.
In the meantime we’d love you to save the date for the group meeting as we know how busy diaries get in December. The details are as follows:
Date: Tuesday 11th December, 1300 – 1700
Venue: Pinsent Mason room, Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham B4 5TB (directions here - http://www.birminghamhippodrome.com/default.asp?Id=275&sC=page3 )
We will provide refreshments at this event, but not lunch (so please eat before you arrive). The advocacy launch of IDFB (International Dance Festival Birmingham) is taking place afterwards at the same venue from 5pm, so feel free to stay for that too!
As we said, invitations will follow shortly but if you have any questions about this project or would like to know more before the invitations arrive please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pick up your request.
With kind regards
Helga Henry and Orit Azaz
ACE’s national task group are using the following definition of outdoor arts; we propose to use the same:
‘Outdoor Arts Activity is accessible, time-limited performance and installation work that happens in outdoor locations. There are specific areas of work within the overarching definition of outdoor arts, including (but in no way limited to): street arts, tented circus, carnival, celebratory and participatory arts, spectacle, community arts and art in the public realm. The work is often free to the public and can be presented as part of a programme, festival or as a stand alone event, eg Carnival and Mela. The work uniquely links its audience to the landscape that cannot happen within buildings. The quality of the work, its aesthetics, and the nature of the participatory experience reflect the relationship with the environment in which the work is presented.’