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6th Biennial Isan Conference, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 November 2013

  • Date: 11 October 2013
  • Area: Midlands

The ISAN Biennial Conference is the must-attend event for all those involved in outdoor arts, from artists, artist companies, programmers, producers, festivals, carnivals through to suppliers, to come together, to network, create opportunities and be inspired.

London 2012 and the Cultural Olympiad proved the case that outdoor arts is arts for all, giving us the platform to face the challenges and seize all opportunities for growth and sustainability.  The outdoor realm was seen as the place for the public to most effectively engage with the best in the UK and international arts and culture. The years ahead will be challenging to the arts with the impact of the Government's deficit reduction policies.  ISAN is actively supporting the sector and artists to meet this period of change and transition.

The conference will be two days of exciting presentations of visionary inspiring artistic work and discussions around existing and new funding opportunities, income generation and new ways of working in order to thrive and keep the vision of outdoor arts alive in these challenging times.

And we'll be bringing the spirit of outdoor arts into the Conference auditorium through our open Q&A sessions and continuing the debate through our salon style dinner on Wednesday evening.

Hold the date in your diary and be sure to book early!
• Keynote addresses include: John E McGrath (Artistic Director, National Theatre Wales), Bradley Hemmings (Artistic Director, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival) with Jenny Sealey MBE (Artistic Director, Graeae) the joint Artistic Directors of the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony.
• Conference Chair:  Angus MacKechnie (Producer of the Watch This Space Festival at the National Theatre, London and recipient of the 2013/14 Performing Arts Consortium Fellowship on the Clore Leadership programme
• Panellists and presenters include: Daniel Bernstein (EEA and Catalyst Outdoor Arts Consortium), Becky Burchell (Bestival/Camp Bestival), Ajay Chhabra (Nutkhut), Alison Clark-Jenkins (Arts Council England), Gemma Thomas (New Vic Theatre – Creative People & Places programme consortium) Kevin Finnan & Louise Richards (Motionhouse), Tom Freshwater (Contemporary Arts Programme Manager, The National Trust), Jane Hytch (Imagineer Productions), Hayley Skipper (Curator – Arts Development, Forestry Commission England).
• 9th ISAN Ideas Summit, featuring artists and companies presenting ideas for new projects in 2014 and beyond.

To book a place, go to the ISAN page on Eventbrite here.