Outdoor arts company Without Walls has launched two new initiatives to support touring work.
The first is the Touring Network Partnership, which will support organisations with outdoor programmes in areas of low arts participation.
The second initiative is the Creative Development Network, which will be a group of new and emerging outdoor festivals, venues, local authorities and organisations.
In the Touring Network Partnership, which spans three years, Without Walls will support the participating organisations by providing subsidy to present touring work and other funding opportunities.
Participants will also have access to PR and marketing support from the consortium and will be able to attend free training events.
In the Creative Development Network, participants will have access to meetings, networking opportunities, advice on running festivals and events and access to the consortium’s PR and marketing services.
The overall aims of the initiatives are to develop new audiences for outdoor work and to share expertise in this area from Without Walls.
Organisations joining the Touring Network Partnership must pay an annual subscription fee of £5,000, which will be fed back into the network, and will be offset by the subsidy they will receive to tour work. Those joining the Creative Development Network will pay a yearly fee of £1,000.
Both initiatives are being financed using National Portfolio Organisation funding from Arts Council England.
Josephine Burns, chair of Without Walls, said: “As the UK’s largest, most ambitious network of outdoor arts festivals and organisations, our partners have been at the heart of our success for over ten years.
“With funding from Arts Council England, we’re expanding and heading out on a brave new adventure. Opening up these networks means we can continue our groundbreaking work, grow new audiences and share our expertise and knowledge with the next generation of outdoor arts festivals.”