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Creative Kirklees / Opportunities / Mon 12 Apr 2021

Making Outdoor Productions Sustainable and Greener

Making Outdoor Productions Sustainable and Greener

Are you an outdoor arts production manager wanting to be greener in your work?

The Without Walls Green Production Lab is a new initiative that aims to bring together production management professionals working across the Without Walls consortium and wider Outdoor Arts sector to explore the challenges and opportunities for reducing the environmental impacts of outdoor festivals, events, and touring productions.

Through facilitated workshops and discussions, the Green Production Lab will aim to provide a forum for production managers to connect with peers, share knowledge and examples of best practice, and feel inspired and empowered to take positive and proactive steps to address the climate emergency through their work.

To launch the Green Production Lab Without Walls are pleased to have partnered with outdoor arts specialists Walk the Plank to host a series of accessible online sessions to take place over four weeks in Spring 2021, addressing several key topics on environmental sustainability and imagining a greener, more inclusive return to outdoor arts production.

The sessions will offer:

The opportunity to hear from guest speakers sharing their expertise.
Chances to build a peer network, ask questions and explore ways to constructively develop in your own work.
Who is the programme for?
These sessions are designed for those who:

Work professionally in a production management role, either freelance or associated with a UK-based venue or organisation.
Have practical and recent work experience in the UK outdoor arts sector.
Whilst the programme was designed with event organisers in mind, the sessions will also offer useful learning to those working with touring artist companies.
Please note you do not need to be connected to a Without Walls partner event/organisation to apply – we are interested in attracting a diversity of voices and welcome applicants working across a range of art forms and events.
Sessions Overview:
Taking place online over four consecutive weeks, each session will be two hours and address a different topic each week. Sessions will include a combination of presentations and reflective discussion.

Embedding sustainable thinking in the production process: This session will provide an overview of sustainability in relation to the production planning process for outdoor arts events taking place in public space and encourage participants to share useful resources and examples.
Energy: Approaches to sustainable power and managing temporary power supplies to reduce consumption.
Circularity: The principles of circularity and approaches to move towards a circular model in your productions – from greening your supply chain and procurement, to reviewing the brief for your set/event design and specifications.
Touring: Considering the impacts of touring both for outdoor artist companies and receiving festivals, and the importance of communication and collaboration to effect change and work towards establishing more sustainable models of touring.


The weekly sessions will be held between 3 – 5 pm UK time.

Session 1: Tuesday 13 April 2021
Session 2: Tuesday 20 April 2021
Session 3: Tuesday 27 April 2021
Session 4: Tuesday 4 May 2021

Please note: We are keen that participants attend all four sessions to allow a group and cohort to be created and a shared sense of purpose throughout the four sessions.

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