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Artist & Talent Development


With the future of outdoor arts as its focus, the 101Labs programme brings artists together for inspiration, discussion, and debate. Through seminars, talks, masterclasses, digital courses, and workshops, with leading companies and pivotal people, this programme will enable participants at any stage of their career, to reflect on their own practice and to share and learn from one another. We aim to turn knowledge and perspective into collaborative thought, that can influence innovation in outdoor arts.

We also host a select programme of SEEDBED residencies - working with companies who are new to outdoor arts to offer a funded R&D residency experience at 101. To find out more about seedbed CLICK HERE

Upcoming Labs and Symposia

Acrojou The Wheel House Without Walls 2008 Photo by Steve Edwin CRAFT

Green Production Lab 2021
Mon 8 Nov - Wed 10 Nov

Building on the success of the first Green Production Lab online event, this 3-day residential hosted at 101 Outdoor Arts offers a chance to spend time with peers from across the sector to explore how to understand and reduce carbon impact, build sustainability practice into the heart of your work, and promote sharing and re-use across festival networks. Find out more

A group of people are sat in a circle having a discussion.

As our shell-shocked world picks itself up, dusts itself down and starts to put back the pieces of what we thought we knew, this is a conversation to share your pressing agendas, poignant reflections and ambitions for the future. Find out more

Past Labs

Black Womxn Lab
Mon 18 - Sun 24 Oct

101 will be hosting Upswing and a group of 13 creative non-binary and female identifying professionals for a residential week of professional development and discursive collaboration. The lab stems from the informal Sunday Brunch group, which was originally formed with support from Upswing in the height of the Covid pandemic. Find out more

A photograph of a man balancing a framed photo of a young child on his nose. To the left of him says the words RURAL TOURING LAB in bold white font, behind an orange background. On the right of the image is a circle in the same orange colour. Over the top are the words 19 - 21 July 2021.

Rural Touring Lab
Mon 19 Jul - Wed 21 Jul

A two-day residential training and development lab to upskill and prepare dance and contemporary circus artists for creating and touring outdoor work within rural locations and urban communities. Find out more

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A two day digital conference that took place bringing together practitioners, producers and presenters of outdoor dance to explore how artists are creating work for public space. Find out more and watch recordings from the event here

Other past Labs:

Shedonism at Home
Devoted & Disgruntled
Writing the Outdoors
Clown Lab
All Womxn Acrobalance Lab with Mimbre
Digital Symposium & Creative Tech Lab
TOOLBOX producers Lab
Designers Lab
Directors Lab