Stepping out: Exploring Public Space

Without Walls, 101 Outdoor Arts & Sud Basu present:
Stepping out: Exploring Public Space
A Creative Lab for British South Asian Artists
17th-20th October 2022
@101 Outdoor Arts

Stepping Out is a new residential Creative Lab for British South Asian artists who are considering making new work for outdoor settings.

This 2 day and 3 night residential lab will explore the foundations of creating, producing, and presenting art for public space. Designed by Independent Creative Producer and Consultant Sud Basu and 101’s Strategic Lead Simon Chatterton, the lab will bring together a range of speakers and panellists including established artists, makers, producers, and specialists from across the performing arts sector. The lab will include a number of daytime and evening sessions which will range in format and provide opportunities to learn, share, understand, make new connections, build relationships and ultimately support the early steps towards a creative path of making new work for public space.

Participants will be offered

- The 2 day & 3 night residential course
- A mentor to support their journey into and out from the lab
- Access to producers, programmers and commissioners from across the UK

Who is this lab for?

1. Established British South Asian Artists from any form with 5 + year professional career who have not made work for public space

2. Early Career British South Asian Artists – with under 5 years of professional practice - who have started to explore the public space in their work.

This Creative Lab is free to all participants and inclusive of accommodation, and food provided on site at 101 Outdoor Arts.


101 Outdoor Arts is an accessible venue. We have accessible parking bays, accommodation, rehearsal spaces and WC facilities. Please tell 101 Outdoor Arts what support would enable you to fully participate in this opportunity when completing your application.

The Lab is free to attend for selected artists. Bursaries of up to £250 plus travel can be provided for those artists who may require financial support to join and participate.

This programme is specifically aimed at artists living and working in the UK from a South Asian background who are underrepresented in the UK Outdoor Arts sector. Stepping Out is commissioned by and presented with Without Walls, 101 Outdoor Arts and Sud Basu.

Creative lab format

Participants will need to be available for the full duration of the residential

Monday 17th October 4pm – 8pm

Arrivals on site to 101 Outdoor Arts from 4pm
Dinner and discussions from 6pm

Tuesday 18th October 10am – 8pm

Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided

Creating, developing and understanding the work you want to make
Engagement & participation - their value and importance
Scale and ambition – how to have impact

Wednesday 19th October 10am – 8pm
Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided

Commissioning and funding models
Touring and presenting models and examples
Case studies Past actions/ future passions – where might the sector be going?

Thursday 20th October
10-11.30am Reflections and close
11.30am Departures, Breakfast provided


If you would like to apply, please download and complete the short application and monitoring forms via the buttons below.

If you would prefer to submit the answers to the questions by video, please email us a transfer link to your film instead (of up to 5 minutes in length).

All applications should be submitted to by 5pm on Monday 19th September. Successful applications will be notified by Friday 23rd September.

If you would like to receive this information in another format, have any questions or would like to speak to somebody about your application, please contact

Main image credit: Lives of Clay, The Clay Connection at Timber 2022. Andrew Allcock

Image credits (left to right): Chutney - Kuljit Bhamra, Peaceophobia Fuel Theatre/Common Wealth/Speakers Corner/Bradford Modified Club - Karol Wyszynski, Secret Life of Trees - Jason Singh