Year

2016

Summary

The School of Spectacle will deliver five international ‘training through production’ schools in outdoor arts for up to 125 international creative practitioners from seven small cities over two years.

Lead Partner

Walk the Plan (UK)

Co-Partner(s)

Dvimiescio kulka (LT); Limerick City and County Council (IE); Orgnaisation Pafos2017 European Capital of Culture (EL); Plovdiv 2019 Municipal Foundation (BG).

Funding Strand

Smaller Scale Cooperation Projects

Community Grant

€199,836

Description

The School of Spectacle will deliver five international ‘training through production’ schools in outdoor arts for up to 125 international creative practitioners from seven small ECoC cities and candidate cities over two years. It will grow a culture of sustainable outdoor arts activity in these cities, that will in turn build career opportunities for creative talent and develop new audiences.

The School of Spectacle training schools in outdoor arts will provide practitioners with core skills in outdoor arts management and specialist skills in a minimum of three of the eight complimentary specialist subjects listed below:

  • Costume
  • Storytelling
  • Puppetry
  • 3D
  • Movement
  • Fire
  • Lighting
  • Aerial

At the end of each school, practitioners will devise and deliver a small-scale outdoor arts event to the public, which will either be processional, installation or celebration based. The event will involve practitioners working with up to 40 local participants, who will be invited to take part as, for example, lantern bearers. Practitioners will gain both skills and experience in outdoor arts, and outstanding practitioners will be given the opportunity to progress through the school into traineeships.

Both the school and end of school event will contribute learning that will inform partner stakeholders how they can innovate and sustain outdoor arts within their ECoC host or candidate cities.

Testimonial from Irish Partner

Limericks participation and commitment to the School of Spectacle heralds an exciting time of collaboration, connection, arts participation and performance. 

The project ultimately builds a strong and well developed platform from which ideas can be sent out to a network of passionate and experienced artists, across Europe, willing and able to bring the ideas to fruition.

For Limerick, being part of this matrix brings the opportunity to affirm it’s unique cultural identity to a European audience. 

The School of Spectacle gives the warmth and humour found in Limerick a stage on which to express itself and spread the joy.

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