About OffSite

Offsite is a midlands artist development programme supporting the growth of outdoor arts in the region, created & managed by Déda, Derby.

The programme looks to create more opportunities locally for the outdoor sector offering a range of artist development opportunities including workshops, mentoring, ideas testing sites & go see visits. The programme seeks to increase the range of artists working in outdoor arts across the midlands & encourage more work from the midlands into national & international market places.


Workshop Programme Outline

Following a hugely successful two years, the OffSite programme returns, aiming to build on the success of previous years and continuing to offer support towards the increased development of the outdoor sector across the midlands.

This year’s workshop programme has been established based on feedback from the sector to offer relevant opportunities for artists/producers/festivals/venues based in the midlands, who are interested in, working in or developing work for an outdoor context. 

The three workshop sessions will be led by industry experts and will provide invaluable insights and CPD opportunities for a broad range of professionals at varying career levels.

The Workshop programme includes:


Session 1 – Producing                   

Friday 18 January 2019

Birmingham Hippodrome

11:00 – 16:00

This will be a full day session looking at producing outdoor work. Targeted at artists and producers, the session is hosted by Producer Phil Hargreaves who will look at all things surrounding producing and the development of outdoor work. Right through from the inception of an idea, to performing in front of audiences. The session will also explore partnership building, touring, budgets, pricing work and fundraising.


Session 2 – Accessibility            

Friday 22 February 2019

Lakeside Theatre, Nottingham

11:00 – 17:00

This is a day of activity looking at accessibility in the outdoor arts. The day will run with two parallel sessions taking place, one for artists and one for festivals/events looking at how performers can continue to make work, festivals, events and programmes accessible.

Hosted in partnership with Without Walls, the session will include presentations from industry experts including Unlimited and provide a broad range of information to help continue to make the outdoor arts accessible for all.

Find more infomation about the workshop here.

Session 3 – Dramaturgy               

Friday 29March 2019        

Déda, Derby

11:00 – 17:00

A session packed full of debate, conversation and practical task - aimed at creators, which looks at making or developing work in the outdoor sector. This session is an opportunity for artists to explore dramaturgical practices and developments with a specific focus on tools used to develop work for the outdoors.

Hosted by Jackson M Phoenix Barnard, Artistic Director of Acrojou.

Workshops will be held across the Midlands in Birmingham, Derby and Nottingham. All the workshops are FREE and sign up is on a first come first serve basis.

Further information on the OffSite programme can be found on the Déda website.

Any further questions or to sign up to the workshops, please contact Creative Producer Phil Hargreaves on the information below:


01332 370 911