Out There Arts provides transformational opportunities for artists and communities by supporting the creation, development and presentation of new and inspirational work through a year round programme of world-class international Outdoor Arts and Circus projects, festivals, events, residencies, participatory and educational programmes
As a National Centre for Outdoor Arts and Circus, Out There Arts’ vision is to build on its 25yrs of work in arts development, including the development of the UK’s only dedicated creation and training space for both artforms at the Drill House Complex and establish the historic Ice House as an international centre of excellence for Outdoor Arts and Circus creation, training and delivery.
Out There Arts shares the vision of the town to become the UK Capital of Circus and aims to continue to grow its function and impact as a UK and European leader in the development of the sector and one of the UK’s main gateway to Europe.
Quality & Ambition
We consistently deliver ambitious and innovative work of the highest quality, dynamically responding to change, meeting commitments and exceeding expectations in everything we do. With a focus on artistic excellence, we are committed to professional development, nurturing talent and supporting the creation and development of work that has a transformational impact on society - raising awareness, positively challenging ideas and inspiring creativity.
Equality & Diversity
We promote equality and diversity and challenge discrimination by engaging artists and audiences currently underrepresented in the arts community; particularly responding to issues around race, heritage, ethnicity, faith, disability, neurodiversity, age, gender, sexuality, class and economic disadvantage and any social, educational and institutional barriers.
Access, Inclusion & Relevance
We believe everyone should have equal opportunity and access to culture - the arts and heritage. We commit to providing accessible facilities and audience spaces for artists and audiences who are disabled, D/deaf and visually impaired, affordable and inclusive programmes that reflect and are relevant to diverse cultures and communities
We provide meaningful engagement opportunities and high quality creative and participatory experiences for communities. Working through partnerships with a wide network of local organisations, our ambition is to build strong, lasting relationships to support people from all backgrounds to overcome barriers, express their creativity and pro-actively engage with and help shape cultural activity in their town.
Our family-like workforce has a strong commitment to integrity and ethical values. We maintain the highest standards of professional behaviour and value transparency and honesty in all of our communications, relationships and actions. The organisation provides a supportive environment that values individuals and fosters personal development and professional growth.
Dynamism & Innovation
In a fast paced, ever changing modern world we are committed to exploring new opportunities and partnerships, testing innovative ways of working, investing in our workforce and facilities to develop the skills and new technologies required to flex, respond and adapt as quickly and effectively as possible to ensure a resilient and sustainable organisation.
With the climate crisis and environmental degradation as one of the most significant and challenging issues facing the world today, we are actively committed to reducing the negative environmental impact of all aspects of the work we do including running of buildings, festivals and other events and are keen advocates of environmental responsibility to help lead change.