TOOLBOX international

Toolbox International
Online leadership and professional development for arts in public space
May 22-Oct 22

Produced by 101 Outdoor Arts, National Centre for Arts in Public Space, Newbury UK and Bettina Linstrum, ArtsAgenda.

Presented in association with Articulation (Scotland), Articulture (Wales), FiraTàrrega (Catalonia), Passage Festival (Denmark) and Bússola (Portugal)

Are you a producer working in the outdoor arts/street arts/arts in public space?

Do you organise cultural projects in non-conventional performance spaces?

Do you want to learn and develop in the company of others from six European countries?

Toolbox International is an online cultural leadership programme that aims to enable outdoor arts producers to develop their skills and learn in a supportive international context. It offers an opportunity to take dedicated time to invest in professional development with the help of other producers and expert leaders.

In 6 interactive online sessions you will learn about how to develop your skills and resilience and practical skills that support your professional life.

Alongside these, there are 5 facilitated Action Learning Set sessions, powerful structured group discussions to explore your individual challenges.

Toolbox will also offer an opportunity for wider cultural exchange on an online hub where people can exchange information and ideas during the course.

In the Toolbox international programme you will:

  • Explore the role of the producer in relation to your own personal experience and that of others.
  • Discover new leadership and coaching techniques to support you in recognizing your own areas for development and to enable you to support others in the same way.
  • Reflect on how we can continue to support creativity, work safely in light of a global pandemic and build towards the future.
  • Gain inspiration and insight from guest speakers with their own expertise and perspective on the work we do and the role of leadership in the arts.
  • Take part in action learning and peer discussion to examine and address the issues you face in your professional life.
  • Gain an insight into arts in public space in different countries across Europe and extend your international networks.

    We expect participants in the scheme to:
  • Have had a minimum of two years working professionally in the arts
  • Experience of delivering projects in public space
  • Be able to commit to taking part in the entire programme
  • Have a good standard of spoken English

Programme Dates


Session 1 - Tues 31st May 1000-1200 (UK)

Action Learning Set 1 - Tuesday 14 June 1000-1200 (UK)

Session 2 - Tues 28 June 1000-1200 (UK)

Action Learning Set 2 - Tuesday 12 July 1000-1200 (UK)

Session 3 - Tues 26th July 1000-1200 (UK)

Session 4 - Tues 13th Sept 1000-1200 (UK)

Action Learning Set 3 - Tuesday 27 Sept 1000-1200 (UK)

Session 5 - Tues 11th Oct 1000-1200 (UK)

Action Learning Set 4 - Tuesday 29 Oct 1000-1200 (UK)

Session 6 - Tues 15th Nov 1000-1200 (UK)


Toolbox international has been funded by the Four Nations Fund to deliver a special edition of the Toolbox programme working with partners across Europe. Our project partners from Wales, Scotland, England, Denmark, Portugal and Spain will each nominate two producers from their own country to take part in the programme.

The Four Nations International Fund is a pilot fund with co-investment from Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts Council Wales/Wales Arts International and Creative Scotland.

We are looking for individuals that are working with festivals, artistic companies or cultural organisations to create outdoor and public space projects.

The programme will be free for the individuals to take part in and will take place between May 22 and Nov 22. The programme will be delivered in English.

Our partner organisations are:

  • 101 Outdoor Arts (England)
  • Articulture (Wales)
  • Articulation (Scotland)
  • Passage Festival (Denmark)
  • Bússola (Portugal)
  • FiraTàrrega (Spain)

Toolboxes @ 101 2019-2021

Toolbox is an Ongoing Programme.

To read more about our Toolbox labs and action learning set, visit our Toolbox page. We plan to develop Toolbox in future, so there will be further chances to get involved. Contact us if you are interested.

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