Without Walls Green Production Lab

Date: 13 April 2021 to 4 May 2021

Location: Virtual

Client: Without Walls

The Without Walls Green Production Lab in partnership with Walk the Plank is a new initiative that aims to bring together production management professionals working across the Without Walls consortium and wider Outdoor Arts sector to explore the challenges and opportunities for reducing the environmental impacts of outdoor festivals, events, and touring productions.

Through facilitated workshops and discussions, the Green Production Lab will aim to provide a forum for production managers to connect with peers, share knowledge and examples of best practice, and feel inspired and empowered to take positive and proactive steps to address the climate emergency through their work.

We are pleased to have partnered with Without Walls to host a series of accessible online sessions to take place over four weeks in Spring 2021, addressing several key topics on environmental sustainability and imagining a greener, more inclusive return to outdoor arts production.

Walk the Plank is a keen advocate for sustainable practice in the outdoor arts sector and is committed to a wide range of initiatives that maximise positive social and economic impact and minimise negative environmental impact. The company approaches sustainability like its health and safety responsibilities – crucial, non-negotiable and at the forefront of all planning. Walk the Plank produces Manchester Day, a parade that is pushed, pulled, cycled and recycled and won a 4* Creative Green award from Julie’s Bicycle in 2019 (hero image, Mark Wraugh). As an active member of the Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) they work collectively to pursue best sustainable practices

Sessions Overview:

Taking place online over four consecutive weeks, each session will be two hours and address a different topic each week. Sessions will include a combination of presentations and reflective discussion.

  1. Embedding sustainable thinking in the production process: This session will provide an overview of sustainability in relation to the production planning process for outdoor arts events taking place in public space and encourage participants to share useful resources and examples.
  2. Energy: Approaches to sustainable power and managing temporary power supplies to reduce consumption.
  3. Circularity: The principles of circularity and approaches to move towards a circular model in your productions – from greening your supply chain and procurement, to reviewing the brief for your set/event design and specifications.
  4. Touring: Considering the impacts of touring both for outdoor artist companies and receiving festivals, and the importance of communication and collaboration to effect change and work towards establishing more sustainable models of touring.

The weekly sessions will be held between 3 – 5 pm UK time.

  • Session 1: Tuesday 13 April 2021
  • Session 2: Tuesday 20 April 2021
  • Session 3: Tuesday 27 April 2021
  • Session 4: Tuesday 4 May 2021

Please note: We are keen that participants attend all four sessions to allow a group and cohort to be created and a shared sense of purpose throughout the four sessions.

For more information about bursaries and access provision and to register your interest click here.

Without Walls is a national consortium of festivals and organisations dedicated to raising the profile of the UK outdoor arts sector, promoting artistic excellence and supporting innovative new work for the benefit of artists and audiences. Established in 2007 as a partnership of five founding festivals, Without Walls has since evolved to include over 35 partners spanning three strategic groups. Without Walls brings together artists, promoters and commissioners to make high-quality multi-arts outdoor shows that tour to festivals across the UK and beyond. The consortium nurtures talent and skills by researching, developing, supporting and touring new work, enhancing the growth of the sector, and reaching large audiences, many new to the arts.

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