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Awen Schools adventurous training in outdoor arts for creative practitioners in Wales.     

Awen Schools  adventurous training in outdoor arts for creative practitioners in Wales. 
Play with fire in North Wales . . . tell new stories in one of mid-Wales’ oldest castles . . . or create a spectacular participatory parade with street music and special effects in South Wales.

Inspire yourself . . . build your knowledge and techniques . . . enrich your collaboration skills . . . play with other creative practitioners in a series of intensive six day residential training schools led by Walk the Plank, a world renowned outdoor arts organisation with over two decades’ experience.

Delivered across Wales between March and May 2015 for creative practitioners who want to gain valuable skills, inspiration and experience to support you to work in outdoor arts or the public realm. Learning from experts, you will work in small teams to explore contemporary practice and make exciting outdoor work ready for showcasing to live audiences at the end of each school.

Ar Waith Ar Daith is an outdoor celebration that reaches out from within Millennium Centre to the furthest points of Wales. Journey with us to Cardiff Bay for the finale of the Centre’s 10th anniversary year on 12 &13 September 2015. Commissioned by the Centre and created by Walk the Plank with the artists of Wales.

Awen Schools are supported by Arts Council of Wales and are part of Ar Waith Ar Daith.

Each course involves three days of training in skills and techniques with expert trainers and guest speakers; followed by 2/3 days of training through production – culminating in public-facing events. Taking you through a live brief process – from designing a show in response to landscape and context through to delivery in the public realm: working together to make astonishing performance/procession/installation.

Walk the Plank’s training places equal value on encouraging creative thinking and responsibly sharing technical knowledge to empower creative practitioners and the producers of the future who are interested in developing their work in response to the thrills and challenges of public space.

The training package (worth £1000 pp) is available to Welsh or Wales-based practitioners for just £150 per course; plus accommodation (varies from course to course) and food, at around £150 total for the week. A small number of bursaries are available – please ask for details when you submit your application.

Selection process
If you are a Welsh creative practitioner, or you are based in Wales, with at least two years of professional practice under your belt, please submit your CV and 250 words briefly outlining which course you are applying for, why you want to do it, and listing any relevant skills to by 25th January 2016.

Awen School 01
Outdoor Dark Arts. 21 – 27 March 2015.

Caernarfon, North Wales
Fire, fireworks, special effects; fire drawings and fire sculptures; illuminated costumes and floating
images; processional performance, design and making.

Awen School 02
Outdoor Arts in the Environment. 27 April – 3 May.
Castell-y-Bere near Twywn, mid Wales
Storytelling and song, intimate journey, installation and illuminations, site- specific work in rural landscape; site décor; off grid and low voltage lighting.

Awen School 03 Outdoor Arts in the Urban Landscape. 25 – 31 May 31.
Newport South Wales Procession, site décor, street performance, carnival, costume and flags, street bands, daytime pyro and special effects.

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