Moving Out

Nowhere Now here Emerging from a pretty low point, writing and researching this site has been cathartic . Looking back helps contextualise the present. Being locked down gave time to start formulating where to take all these experiences and relationships in this dangerous moment. To take them forward by creating projects that provide a platform for reflection and strategic creativity. The first project is a symposium. 

COVID-19 has had a massive effect on all areas of society.

Making art in public space during and beyond COVID-19
symposium for artists, performers, producers, programmers and funders working in outdoor arts and events

13.00 – 17.15 GMT
Saturday 4th July 2020


As professionals working in outdoor arts and events, we have learnt to be flexible and inventive in how we make and present work. We have devised work practices that make our artists, crew and audiences safe in a range of situations outside the confines of traditional venues.  
Moving Out provides a platform to bring together professionals from the outdoor arts and events sector to learn from each other as we develop strategies in response to COVID-19.
We will include presentations from across Europe where we can learn from the experience of those at different stages of emerging from lockdown. The symposium will include presentations on practical solutions to presenting outdoor arts from producers and festival directors and presentations from artists planning to present work during and immediately following the release from lockdown.
The symposium will be accessible by invitation using Zoom technology or similar with the following elements:

13.00 A plenary session with Q and A

Keynote: Nadia Aguir Head of European and international relations, IN SITU general manager. Nadia will provide an overview of how IN SITU partners/festivals are responding to the COVID-19 crisis

We invite presentations from festival directors on how they are, or intend to, present programmes during lockdown or whilst social distancing continues to be practised (10-15 minutes). If you wish to take part, please email by Wednesday 24th June.

14.30 Artists presentations

We invite artists/performers to present case studies on work taking place during lockdown or in the period afterwards when social distancing continues to be practised (5-10 minutes).
If you wish to take part, please email by Wednesday 24th June.

15.10 Breakout workshops


  • How to make work when you cannot travel
  • How to make publically engaged work 
  • Taking indoor work outdoors

15.40 Report Back

16.00  Showcase featuring Neverthere

We invite artists/performers to present a live 5 minute performance or fragment of performance they are planning for a Showcase featuring Neverthere.

Companies across the UK present live extracts of new work from their backyards, the sea or local parks. The inconvenience of a global pandemic has meant new work lovingly made by artists in 2020 has not been seen by anyone – until today. 

Neverthere is a mini festival of scratch performance featuring innovative new work harnessing digital technologies. It is a space for artists to share new work and an opportunity for audiences to see innovation during this extraordinary time.

Neverthere emerged in response to the COVID-19 health crisis it looks at the future of making live performance, runs digital residencies and provides opportunities for artists to share new projects.

You saw it here first.

If you wish to take part in the Showcase featuring Neverthere, please email by Wednesday 24th June.

17.15 Finish

If you wish to attend but not take part, please email and you will receive the programme and an invitation to the symposium by Thursday 2nd July, 5pm.

Confirmed contributors:
Neil Butler (Chair), Nadia Aguir IN SITU France, Werner Schrempf La Strada Austria, Alan Richardson Surge | Scotland, Angus Mackechnie Outdoor Arts UK | England, Angus Farqhuar Aproxima Arts | Scotland, Zoe Katsilerou + Eilon Morris Scotland, Sumit Sarkar Kriksix England, Angie Dight Mischief La Bas Scotland, Alex Rigg Oceanallover Scotland, Thor Mcintyre Burnie Aswarm | England, R.M. Sánchez-Camus Applied Live Art Studio (ALAS) England
More to be announced…

MOVING OUT is organised by Neil Butler and Surge with financial support from Outdoor Arts UKArticulture and FST (Federation of Scottish Theatre)Glasgow Life and Merchant City Festival.

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