CRITICAL MASS 2015: The National Outdoor Arts Conference
24 November – 25 November | £50 – £180
This year, we are excited to bring you the 2015 edition of The National Outdoor Arts Conference: CRITICAL MASS, a chance to gather together and generate plans, ideas, schemes and strategies to take our work forward with renewed energy. Critical Mass is a meeting point for everyone involved with Outdoor Arts, from artists, directors, technicians and producers, through to representatives from local authorities, agencies, venues, strategic initiatives and national funding bodies.
Critical Mass is the first ISAN conference led by our new Executive Director, Angus MacKechnie, fresh from a decade of producing Watch This Space Festival at the National Theatre. Over two packed days, we’ll look at why we do what we do, how we can do it better and exchange practical knowledge, experience and news. We’ll take stock of where we’ve come from and make plans for the future, particularly with Hull 2017 around the corner. There will be exhilarating presentations from inspiring speakers, the much-valued Ideas Summit – a key opportunity to share plans between artists and programmers – and probably the only time this year you’ll eat dinner in an aquarium!
There will be a session with the inspirational Emma Rice, outgoing Director of Kneehigh and soon-to-be Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, on her very particular relationship with the outdoors. Alison Clark, Art Council England’s Director of North & Combined Arts, will explore opportunities for Outdoor Arts in the Ambition for Excellence Fund. We’ll be hearing from Martin Green, a good friend to our sector in his various past roles, about some of the plans for Hull 2017.
We’ll be building on the incredibly useful findings of the Audience Finder report. With over 17,000 respondents, it provides the most comprehensive information about the makeup of the Outdoor Arts audience to date. Crucially, we can now prove that, compared to other art forms, our audiences are more representative of the population as a whole; we need to work out exactly how to shout about that and use the evidence to best advocate for our work.
ISAN is delighted to be partnering with the Hull UK City of Culture Team and Hull & East Yorkshire Conferences on the 2015 biennial conference. Announced as UK City of Culture 2017, Hull is preparing to host a spectacular programme on a scale never before seen in the city. The conference will feature the latest plans and opportunities and explore how the Outdoor Arts sector will be directly involved.
Critical Mass will be based at the celebrated Hull Truck Theatre, an innovative space with an appropriately pioneering history of outstanding cultural engagement. Away from the formalities, we’ll have dinner at The Deep, one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world, where we will be seated alongside the sharks for the evening meal! (We’ve got a stage there too, so we’re looking to celebrate our talented membership with an informal ‘underwater’ ISAN cabaret…)
Visit the website for further information, times, tickets, etc www.isanuk.org