Learning – a collaborative approach to outdoor arts education
Striving for excellence and innovation sits at the heart of our learning programmes, which is why we’re always keen to forge training collaborations with a wide range of partners, both here in the UK and internationally.
We believe that the best way to build artistic capacity, develop talent and broaden the impact of outdoor arts in different communities is to empower artists and the people they work with.
So far, our work has involved ‘outreach’ training in:
- Nigeria – training 100 Creative Producers in Abuja and Calabar, and 50 Festival Directors from across West Africa, as part of the British Council’s #UKNG Creative Cities 2015
- Rio – Backstage to the Future 2016 We helped deliver the British Council’s youth training programme in Brazil, as part of the culture programme of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, working with Scottish Dance Theatre and Graeae. See the video of our Back to the Future training in Rio here.
- Europe – Working with partners in Cyprus (Pafos2017), Lithuania (Kaunas), Ireland (Limerick) and Bulgaria (Plovdiv2019), the School of Spectacle pan-European training programme funded by Creative Europe and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation brings creative practitioners together in a training-through-production model to share skills and, in some locations, work towards a final performance.
Our UK work includes training programmes for:
- Manchester City Council – our Elevate programme of artists’ masterclasses funded by Arts Council England in partnership with the City Council to give emerging artists opportunities to learn from leading creatives.
- Edge Hill University – working with performing arts students at Edge Hill University and Burscough Community Farm to create site responsive outdoor performance and workshops
- Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, LIPA We support technical theatre placements that expand the students’ repertoire beyond the demands of traditional venues: eg. In lighting, sound, power and production management for outdoor work, and offering experience at working with fire, fireworks and special effects.
- Caernarfon, Newport, Castell-y-Bere and Cardiff – ‘Awen’ training schools for Welsh creative practitioners linked to Ar Waith Ar Daith, the 10th anniversary celebrations for the Wales Millennium Centre in 2015 in partnership with Arts Council Wales
- Essex County Council – Sparks will Fly, an artist, schools and community engagement programme as part of the London Cultural Olympiad 2012 programme leading up to the London Olympic Games.
Short courses and masterclasses – a new learning space in which to develop your skills.
You can now sign up to our one and two day courses aimed at artists looking to expand their practical skills, and also practitioners looking to gain more knowledge as producers. These are now taking place in our new Cobden Works outdoor arts creative hub.
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