Are We Nearly There Yet? presented by HandMade Theatre

Seedfunded and supported by Offsite.

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Seedfunded and supported by Offsite.


Déda OffSite Programme – Outdoor Arts Development


OffSite is a talent development programme created to support the development of performance work (in all varieties and formats including but exclusively dance, circus, theatre, installations & visual arts) in the outdoor realm. The programme supports artists and producers who are interested in, working in or looking to develop an artistic idea outdoors in the Midlands.

The programme was developed in 2016 and has run for three years with great success and feedback. We are delighted to be able to announce that funding has been secured to continue the programme until 2022.

The 2020 programme has been developed in partnership with artists, producers, festivals and programmers to ensure the activity is relevant, current and supportive.

Over the course of this year’s programme, we look to work with broad range of regional partners to create opportunities that take regional talent to new markets including regional, national and international festivals and events.

Offsite 2020 Programme will include:

Training and development

  • A curated workshop programme, providing opportunities to grow and develop artistic practices in safe environments. Workshops include:
    • Arts Council Funding: Surgeries with ACE colleagues and freelance producers with specific help/questions around funding bids.
    • Getting your work seen:  A diverse panel looks at how best to get your work scene including panel members representing 1 international festival, 1 internationally touring producer/company, 1 national festival and regional festival.
    • The Nuts and Bolts of touring Outdoor Arts.

Seed funding

  • A series of seed funding opportunities to contribute towards the research, development and creation of new outdoor works.
  • A chance to meet the OffSite partnership and discuss your ideas, work and development plans.
  • Access to the workshop programme (compulsory) to tend to the wider artist development needs.
  • Presentation of a work in progress or performance at one of the OffSite partner festivals (depending on availability and creation time frames).
  • Travel grants to visit festivals regionally and nationally to develop your understanding your own artistic practice in the context of the wider outdoor sector.
  • Bespoke specific training (if appropriate) with practitioners to develop the work.

Travel Grants

  • Small grants to support artists and producers to travel to events alongside the OffSite network. The purpose of these grants is to allow artists/producers the opportunity to network, see curatorial decisions in action and understand the wider outdoor sector and how your artistic practice sits in that space.

Test bed events

Public call out for artists to test ideas, research and productions in performance spaces and or as part of a specific programme of work with an OffSite partner. Test bed events are an excellent opportunities for feedback from festival audiences. This opportunity is automatically offered to those receiving seed funding. Complete sentence

Offsite Affiliate organisations

Offsite 2019 Commissions
In 2019, #OffSite was proud to supported and seed fund the following wonderful performances:
OffSite 2020 Applications **NOW OPEN**

OffSite invites artists and companies to apply for support for the research, development or the creation of new outdoor performance works. With this seed funding, we are looking to support Midlands based artists who are already working in, interested in or who are developing performances for outdoor arts.

The seed funding available is made up of funds from the Esmeé Fairbairn, Foundation & the OffSite partner organisations Déda, Derby Festé, Appetite, Birmingham Hippodrome & Wild Rumpus – Timber Festival.

Deadline 5pm on Friday 7 February 2020.

For more information about the OffSite Outdoor Arts Development Programme, please contact:

Phill Hargreaves

Creative Producer

Tel: 07702 755705

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