28 Nov 2019, Coventry

This is an application for ARTISTS and COMPANIES to make a live pitch and have a market place in the OUTDOOR ARTS IDEAS SUMMIT 2019, presented on 28 Nov as part of 'One Small Step: a day of Outdoor Arts in Coventry.'

For this year's IDEAS SUMMIT, we're very keen to hear about work that will have a clear relationship with the community and the local environment, so ideas which respond to locality, place and site will be particularly welcome. We will be encouraging delegates from Local Authorities, CPPs (Creative People and Places), indoor venues and BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) to attend, so work with a strong sense of place is of particular interest. 

We are offering presenting artists a hotel room, plus £100 per artist/company towards travel costs and lunch will be provided.

Please make sure you've read the description and terms below, so that you're sure you qualify, that you're available to take part and you know what you're letting yourself in for...


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* 1. Hello, who are you?

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* 2. Where are you?

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* 3. Give a brief description of yourself or your company, and what is your current or most recent work. (c.150 words)

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* 4. What's the (working) title of the project you'd like to present?

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* 5. Describe the project, and tell us a bit about what it will look like. (c.150 words)

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* 6. How does the project engage with the locality, place or community? (c. 150 words)

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* 7. Do you have any key members of the creative team in place (eg. director, choreographer, performers, etc)?

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* 8. Do you think the show will have a particular target audience type (eg. family, children, festival, older, local, etc)?

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* 9. What sort of show is it?

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* 10. Some facts and figures (very approximate)...

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* 11. How big is the show?

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* 12. Has the project been seen before?

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* 13. Will you send us a picture or image for the Ideas Summit booklet? (to info@outdoorartsuk.org with "Ideas Summit pic" + your name or company in the subject line); this could be of a past work, a design or a drawing.

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* 14. If we aren't able to select your project, are you happy to be included in the Ideas Summit Booklet?

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* 15. Do you have any access requirements to present at the Ideas Summit?

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* 16. Would you like a hotel room the night before (Wed 27 Nov)?
May we ask you to consider this carefully, so that we don't waste cash on unused rooms.

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* 17. Are you a member of OutdoorArtsUK?

Thank you for filling in the Ideas Summit application form and we'll let you know the outcome by 18 Oct.

The selection will be made by OutdoorArtsUK and we will be aiming to have a strong regional spread, as well as local representation from Coventry, a variety of art forms, including both established and emerging artists. Ideas can be at a very early stage, this is your chance to find collaborators or commissioners.

The Ideas Summit will begin at 15:00 at Fargo Village in Coventry; each pitch will be a speedy and strictly-timed 3 MINUTES! You can use the time as you wish, and guidance notes will be sent to successful applicants. You'll be able to sort tech in advance and then lunch will be served at 13.30. After the pitching session, you will be able to meet the delegates and share more information in the IDEAS SUMMIT MARKETPLACE.

We are offering presenting artists a hotel room (single or twin) and £100 per artist/company towards travel costs and there will be lunch provided. You'll be responsible for booking your own travel and for your own meals beyond lunch on the day.

You'll be very welcome to attend the other events in 'One Small Step' - you can register via Brown Paper Tickets.

28 NOV 2019
One Small Step: A Day of Outdoor Arts in Coventry

OutdoorArtsUK presents a conference day of expert masterclasses, sector updates and inspiring ideas for anyone wanting to learn more about working in Outdoor Arts and for everyone looking for new creative ideas.

09:30 – 10:30 REGISTRATION and COFFEE

10:30 – 13:15 MORNING Outdoor Arts Essentials
A series of inspiring, practical and expert sessions offering a broad overview of how to create, produce and programme performance work for the outdoors. There will be breakout sessions on programming, running a company, funding and financing and turning a creative idea into a show.
If you’re relatively new to the sector, in need of a skills refresh or curious about how to take your first steps in outdoor performance, then this is for you. Aimed at individuals, companies, producers and festivals, including those working for Local Authorities, CPP Projects, indoor venues and BIDs, as well as students and artists from various art forms who would like to learn more about venturing outdoors.

13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH

14:30 – 17:30 AFTERNOON Outdoor Arts Ideas Summit + Updates
The annual Ideas Summit is twenty speedy pitches of very early-stage performance ideas which are seeking partners, commissioners and potential bookings - followed by networking and discussion. If you’re looking for bold and new concepts for your programme which relate to community and the local setting, this year the theme will be ideas that can respond to locality, place and specific sites.
The afternoon will also include an update on the latest information about Brexit (probably) and a chance to learn more about Coventry City of Culture 2021.



If you’re arriving the night before, join us for dinner, drinks and networking with a bit of local entertainment and perhaps some dancing… for a small charge. Book dinner via Brown Paper Tickets.

This event is supported by Arts Council England.

By completing and submitting this application you are consenting to your data being used in the Ideas Summit Booklet and Delegate Lists, which will be shared online via the OutdoorArtsUK website and newsletters.