Without Wallsand outdoor arts festival specialist Wild Rumpus are excited to present the Sustainability Creation Lab, an exploration of creative approaches to environmentally sustainable Outdoor Arts in a post-COVID world. 

The programme features a one-day virtual symposium and a three-day artist residential, all taking place 21–24 September 2020 at The Forge, Wild Rumpus, Cheshire.

The symposium will be free to all online and the residency is for a group of artists selected through an application process. Please save the date for the virtual symposium on Monday 21 September. Registration will open in early September, alongside an announcement of the full programme and speakers. 

The residency is open to all UK artists. Those wanting to apply shouldvisit the Wild Rumpus website and complete the online application at the bottom of the webpage. Please note the deadline for EOI is Monday 17th August 2020 17.00 BST.    

Please see below for more details on the Virtual Symposium and how artists can get involved.  

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Programme details:

Day 1) Virtual Symposium: Aiming to engender a sense of collective purpose regarding building and maintaining a greener and more sustainable sector.

Topics include:

  • How we can work more collaboratively within the Outdoor Arts sector for a collective sense of the importance of sustainability?
  • Who are the gatekeepers for change?
  • Examination of case studies and best practice in building and touring physically sustainable productions.
  • How can we affect audience behaviours and embed sustainable messages into creative content?

Days 2-4 (selected artists): Residential intensive: Tailored to the specific needs of the selected artists, expert facilitators will be present to deliver content and guidance via workshops and discussion groups.  Wild Rumpus will provide the space and equipment to physically prototype new approaches to working with equipment and material.

Content outline:

  • Exploring and deconstructing the artists’ current approach and philosophy towards sustainability
  • Prototyping radical new ways to make decisions from a sustainability perspective, and to feel confident in these choices
  • Trialling new ways to work with plant or hireable equipment as desired
  • Specific project advice and guidance on how to make and build more sustainable projects, and the expected costs and challenges of these decisions
  • Peer-to-peer evaluation of projects from a sustainable perspective

To apply for the residentialvisit the Wild Rumpus website and complete the online application at the bottom of the webpageDEADLINE: Monday 17th August 2020 17.00 BST

For more information, including guidance around eligibility and access provisions, visit the Wild Rumpus website.