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Residencies & Creation

The Drill House, based in Great Yarmouth, UK, is a national centre, dedicated to the development of circus and outdoor arts.

As a sector leading organisation and NPO, Out There Arts delivers outstanding opportunities for artists through supporting, hosting and delivering a variety of circus and outdoor arts projects, events, small commissions and residencies.

Our doors are now open for COVID-19 safe artistic residencies.

The focus for Out There for the next 12 months is set on supporting artists and the sector during these difficult times through creation residencies – providing opportunities for artists to develop and create new work, by giving access to rehearsal and training space at the Drill House.

Out There are encouraging artists to get back to creation to ensure there is a body of work readily available to tour once the festival and arts industry recuperates and social distancing restrictions have subsided.

The Drill House staff have adapted facilities and upgraded artist’s living quarters to make the space as welcoming and safe as possible.

Applications are now open; we are interested in artists that work in outdoor arts and circus, but also those that work in other disciplines who are keen to work collaboratively with or extend their practice into these art forms. In the first instance we are considering applications from solo artists, duos or small companies already working in their own bubble, within government guidelines.

Out There Arts  values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. We encourage and welcome applications from people across all cultural and social backgrounds and actively seek applications from those currently underrepresented in the arts community; particularly people of colour, people identifying as LGBTQ, D/deaf and disabled people (as defined by the Equality Act 2010).


In addition to our main creation space; the North Hall, the following facilities are offered to companies as part of their residency:

  • Accommodation
  • Production office and green room facility with wifi
  • Kitchen & laundry facilities
  • Changing room, toilet and shower facilities
  • Dirty fabrication workshop

Additional spaces and equipment available, please enquire should you have further requirements.

Based in the heart of Great Yarmouth, the Drill House mixes artistic residencies with community engagement through our events, class and workshop programme.  Our ethos combines international level artistic development alongside dynamic engagement with local communities.

The Drill House is available on a hire basis (at a preferential rate for artistic creation).   We also work with artists through our Residency Programme – based on a mutually beneficial exchange of in-kind/reduced cost activities. We also welcome inquiries for residencies from other artforms.

Rates for hire can be found here:  Tariff


There are a number of different ways that we work in partnership with artists, based on a strong, open two-way relationship and shared expectations.

There is no fixed formula for how a partnership might work.   It is likely to consist of an exchange of our support, in the creation and development of work, in return for artists providing reciprocal benefits to both Out There and the local community. Alongside artist development, we are committed to the cultural development of audiences of all kinds in Great Yarmouth, making outstanding experiences accessible to all and contributing to life and regeneration in the town.

Typical exchange activities include artists:

  • Delivering workshops for a local group or audience
  • Running classes for our Drillaz Circus School
  • Running masterclasses for local emerging artists and professionals
  • Performing at Out There events (eg the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts which takes place annually in September)

Wherever possible we try to match the in-kind value of our support to the value of the activities provided by artists to ensure that both parties are mutually benefiting from the exchange.

Typically Out There might provide:

  • Residency space
  • Mentoring and guidance
  • Time with our Creative Team
  • Assistance in developing project plans and grant applications
  • Help in finding appropriate creative collaborators and partners
  • Work-in-progress and showing opportunities
  • Links to a wide range of networks and partners

We are keen to work with artists who are interested in establishing a strong developmental partnership with us, and are committed to developing work of the highest standard and open to input and advice from early on in the creation process.

For further information, download our Out There Arts Residency Pack or drop us a line at hello@outtherearts.org.uk