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The Power of the Possible: A Day of Outdoor Arts, Surge & OutdoorArtsUK


22 November 2018

Supported by Glasgow Life, Merchant City Festival, Articulation Scotland and Creative Scotland.

From elephants bringing capital cities to a standstill to local festivals regenerating communities, from international artists transforming landscapes to mass participation events uniting people  – Outdoor Arts is a fast growing and dynamic sector.

With increasing traction with funders, this is now a strong sector in both commercial and publicly-funded arenas; the artists and festival producers have a strong track record of generating work outside of normal environments that reaches the broadest audiences and areas of low cultural engagement.

We invite you to join us at this event to experience more of the Outdoor Arts sector, hear some inspiring stories of the work, some galvanising case studies, some useful evidence of the impact and meet leading artists and producers from the sector.


Provisional schedule:

Royal Concert Hall, Strathclyde Suite

  • 10:30 Registration and Coffee
  • 11:00 Welcome and reflection
  • 11:10 Inspiration: Transforming the Streets
  • 11:30 Discussion: Ascetics and Environment
  • 12:15 Example: The Artist Unleashed
  • 12:30 Facts & Figures: Outdoor Audiences and Social Impact
  • 12:45 Example: Outdoor Arts Global Impact
  • 13:00 Ends (walk to Drygate Brewery)

Drygate Brewery

  • 13:30 Networking Lunch
  • 15:00 OutdoorArtsUK Ideas Summit
  • 16:00 Outdoor Arts Marketplace
  • 17:30 Drinks and Networking
  • 19:00 Surge Pitch
  • 20:30 Drygate Bar
  • 23:00 Ends

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Photo, Crowds enjoying Garden of Light, by TILT. Lumiere London 2016, produced by Artichoke, supported by Mayor of London. Credit Matthew Andrews 2016.

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