A group of people pose squatted in between structures that they've built out of branches and string.

Green Production Lab 2021


Monday 8th Nov to Wednesday 10th Nov 2021, 101 Outdoor Arts Creation Space

Developed in partnership between Without Walls and 101 Outdoor Arts and was made possible through the ongoing support of Arts Council England.

Building on the success of the first Green Production Lab online event, this 3-day residential offered 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.

This opportunity was designed for production management professionals working across the Outdoor Arts sector who were committed to making sustainable changes to their events and organisations.

The lab was open to participants working professionally in a production management role, either freelance or associated with a venue or organisation, with practical and recent work experience in the outdoor arts sector.

Whilst the programme was designed with event organisers in mind, the sessions also offered useful learning to those working with touring artist companies.

The programme included practical and informative workshops covering key topics in sustainability practice and coaching and leadership skills, as well as offering space for peer-to-peer discussion and relationship building through informal activities.

A close up of a woman tying two branches together with string.
A morning yoga warm up with Tim Chatterton, yoga teacher.
Lab delegates having evening dinner by lamplight.
4 people on sofas and chairs discussing and smiling.

Participants had the chance to check out the latest in sustainable energy technology. There was no cost to attend the event which was inclusive of accommodation and food provided on site at 101 Outdoor Arts.The aim was to attract a diversity of voices and particularly welcomed applications from individuals that are currently under-represented in the sector. Participants had to be available for the full duration of the residential.

A woman speaking in front of a projection screen and listeners sat in a row of chairs with their backs to the photographer.
Green production lab speaker
A speaker at the Green Production Lab. Woman in a black and white skirt with long light brown hair.
A speaker at the Green Production Lab

Dan Lake, Production Manager, Outdoor Programme, Brighton Festival.

"Just want to say a quick thanks to you for having us at 101 for the Green Production Lab. Love the space and set up that you have created and I envy the workshop! All very inspiring - this is what outdoor arts needs to flourish!"