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ISAN Outdoor Arts Newsletter Jan 2018

ISAN Outdoor Arts Newsletter
January 2018


Welcome to the first Outdoor Arts newsletter of 2018. We hope you had a good festive period and that you're looking forward to the next twelve months.

Alongside some interesting job opportunities (once again, congrats to Coventry), there's some enjoyable Outdoor Arts research to get involved with from ISAN Members James Macperhson and Verena Cornwall, info on the National Association of Street Artists annual gathering and applying for the Clore Leadership programme as well as listings for the year ahead. Please send in more events, projects and festivals for that list.

We will soon start planning the 'ISAN On the Road' programme this year, where we visit various festivals around the country for small networking and information-sharing meetings, so please send in your suggestions of places for us to visit in 2018:
All best,

Angus MacKechnie
Executive Director │ISAN
Image: Flame Oz performing at Bell Square in Hounslow

Artizani Outdoor Arts Research

Artizani's Artistic Director, James Macpherson, has spent much of 2017 working on Doctoral research. The subject of his PhD is contemporary UK Outdoor Arts with particular focus on their relationship with public space. 

The main methodology James is using involves creating time-lapse videos of outdoor events and analysing the ways audiences, artists and public space relate to each-other over time. He hopes this analysis will be useful to both artists and producers as a means of measuring impact, a way to understand how audiences engage with specific performances and spaces and as a tool in promoting and advocating Outdoor Arts.

James is available to carry out the documentation and analysis at events in 2018. If you would be interested in this or just want to be kept in the loop please take this short survey.

If you were at the ISAN Conference in November you might have seen James' presentation on the research - see the video version below.

Artizani has also set up a new Outdoor Arts Research website to place resources such as reading lists in the public domain and to keep you up to date with the process.

Artizani Outdoor Arts Research: Time Lapse Rhythmanalysis

National Association of Street Artists:
For the Love of It 2018: 'Method'

2-4 Mar 2018, Salford

FLOI-18 will feature inspiring talks, workshops, skill-sharing, try-out works, games, play,  cooking and eating together and great conversations, and a bar. FLOI is a great time to catch up with old friends and make new ones.  As always at FLOI everyone has an opportunity to contribute to the community  – give a talk, run a workshop, hold a topic of debate, run some games, cook, wash-up, show a work-in-progress, be the DJ for an hour, dance… whatever your heart desires: just come along and share 
What is For the Love Of It? Part of the fun is that as most of the sessions are led by the participants, we almost can’t tell what sessions we can expect until they happen, it's a leap in the dark…
What we do know is that the weekend will be a mixture of:
  • Learning practical skills  e.g. fooling techniques, chorus song, electricity outdoors, explosions
  • Focused discussions  e.g. critical writing, diversity and other conundrums
  • Presentations from invited guests exploring their work and ideas about the world
  • Showings of work in progress from ideas to performance
  • Eating and chatting with other participants in an open and friendly atmosphere

Theme: Method
‘Practice… makes practice’
  • Making by all means.
  • Sustaining the core of what you do.
  • Practical, processing and putting it all in play.
  • How things are usually done
  • Centering your approach
  • Rehearsals and Training

Outdoor Arts Jobs

Two performer/musicians
Deadline: 3 Jan

General Manager
Deadline: 4 Jan

Producer - Major Events
Deadline: 7 Jan

Executive Director
Deadline: 8 Jan

Executive Director
Deadline: 8 Jan
Festival Coordinator
Deadline: 8 Jan
Two male dancers
Deadline: 10 Jan

Degree Ensemble Director
Deadline: 22 Jan
Head of Cultural Programming and Partnerships
Deadline: 22 Jan
Local Coordinators
Deadline: 5 Feb
Creative Director
Deadline: 2 Mar
Executive Director
Deadline: 2 Mar

Applications for 2018/19 Clore Fellowships Now Open

Deadline: 29 Jan

  • Are you an exceptional arts and culture leader with the potential and desire to drive significant change? 
  • Are you passionate about building an innovative and resilient cultural sector?
The Clore Fellowship is a unique programme of cultural leadership development that seeks to enrich and transform cultural practice and engagement. It brings together some of the most creative and dynamic cultural leaders in the UK and beyond for a life-changing adventure - it is a professional and personal learning experience unlike any other. The Fellowship will support you to be the leader you have the potential to be, through in-depth learning tailored to your individual needs, aspirations and circumstances.

Give yourself the space and time to learn, reflect, and do.
Clore Fellows focus primarily on their leadership development for seven months whilst staying connected to their workplace. You benefit from a diverse peer group, access to highly experienced leaders, thinkers, entrepreneurs, artists, experts and extensive networks.

This is a learnt not a taught programme.
It is action-orientated and practical. It is intellectually rigorous, intensive and challenging. It is self-guided so you'll need to be highly motivated and deeply curious. You'll extend your knowledge and understanding of the wider cultural sector through dialogue, inquiry, study visits, conferences and meetings, and increase your skills and leadership acumen through support from a mentor and a coach. You will participate in individual training as part of your unique development plan. 


Circus and Street Arts Census

As part of a PhD research process, Verena Cornwall is undertaking a census of circus (traditional and contemporary) and street arts (performance) artists to create a mapping of professional level performers presently working in Europe.

The timing coincides with the 250th anniversary of circus. If you are a circus or street arts artist and would like to be included in the study, sign up to the census. You will be personally invited to participate in the study.

This is the first time that a census of this breadth has been undertaken. The results will be shared with everyone who participates and with others including policy makers across Europe.


New ISAN Members

We're very happy to welcome these recent members to ISAN:
Join the ever-growing ISAN membership and you'll get the exclusive Member Bulletins, circulating comprehensive details of Outdoor Arts funding, commissions, call-outs and employment opportunities, news from members, useful resources... and sometimes a bit of gossip.

As well as being part of a large network of fellow-Outdoor Arts practitioners, ISAN members have access to ISAN events across the country, advice, guidance and reductions for training from ITC. Our rates are designed to be as inclusive as possible.


Outdoor Arts Volunteering

Friendly and enthusiastic volunteers wanted
Artist Liaison, Build Team, Design Team and many other volunteer opportunities
Many opportunities to get involved Jun-Sep 2018
Got a volunteering opportunity to share? Let us know here

ITC Training

If you need a bit of professional development, look no further than the Independent Theatre Council's excellent courses:

Starting a Performing Arts Company
Thursday 1 February 
General Manager & Administrator Package
Wednesday 28 February - Tuesday 19 June
Financial ManagementWednesday 28 February 
Intellectual Property Law ExplainedTuesday 6 March 
Tour BookingTuesday 13 March 
Producer PackageTuesday 13 March - Wednesday 2 May
Senior Manager or Board Member PackageMonday 19 March - Tuesday 5 June
Finance Explained: For Managers & Board MembersMonday 19 March 
Project ManagementTuesday 17 April 
Effective FundraisingWednesday 18 April 
Tax, NI & VAT
Monday 30 April 
Digital Marketing & Social MediaWednesday 2 May 
Negotiations & ContractsThursday 3 May 
Building Effective Boards
Wednesday 9 May 
Managing Morale & CommunicationTuesday 5 June
Creating Contracts for Employees & Freelancers

Wednesday 6 June 

Company Formation & Charitable Status
Tuesday 12 June 
People Management: The Law & the Practicalities
Tuesday 19 June 
Safeguarding for the Performing Arts
Wednesday 20 June 
If you're an ISAN Member, you qualify for REDUCED RATESDetails of how to access the discount are in the ISAN Members' Bulletin.


Outdoor Arts Listings

This list includes festivals, events, performances and programmes which have some element of Outdoor Arts; it also includes conferences, meetings and professional development events, plus the occasional indoor or non-sector event which relates to artists or other parts of the Outdoor Arts sector.










Anything to add? Let us know:
View all the Outdoor Arts listings on the ISAN website
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