Out There Arts National centre for outdoor arts and circus

National Centre for Outdoor Arts and Circus


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.


3 performers perform acrobatics around a chinese pole

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.

A large crowd at the Out There Festival with joyful expressions on their face and covering their ears

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.

Two performers in a massive hollowed out wheel covered in fabric.

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

Students of the Drillaz Circus School performing a human triangle


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.

Crowds enjoying an immersive experience. Lounging in deck chairs wearing blindfolds.


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.

Drummers in white makeup and costume with drums lit by LED lights

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.

Person in suit and bowler hat standing below a bag of grain that is slowly pouring on them

Environmental Responsibility

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.

Please consider donating

Want to help us host even more amazing artists and classes? The more support we get, the higher the quality of ever-growing programme will be. By choosing to donate, your support will help us to continue hosting these wonderful events such as the Out There Festival.

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