Take It Outside

Take It Outside is an artist development programme for Arts in Public Space hosted by 101 and supported by Jerwood Arts Developing Artists scheme.

Take it Outside is an artist development scheme aimed at supporting extraordinary early-career artists, typically with less than ten years of professional practice that are aiming to develop work for outdoors and public space. Through this scheme, we are supporting artists to lead innovation and artform development over the next decade, creating work of international quality for outdoor contexts.

Participants will take part in number of supported residencies at 101 Outdoor Arts between September 2023 and September 2025 and will be able to take to take full advantage of the centre’s unique rehearsal, fabrication and living facilities. Over two years, participants will receive a bursary plus support for mentoring and project development. Although Take it Outside is not a commissioning scheme, each artist will identify a project or approach to making a new work that they would like to develop over the two year programme leading to a sharing at the end of the programme.

Take It Outside Artists

Philip Ewe

Philip Ewe’s practice is based on ephemeral one-off performances, often staged across sites and outdoor spaces that speak to London’s rapid redevelopment, gentrification and social demolition. As a member of the LGBTQ community, Philip’s outdoor performances continues a long subversive history of performance in public space. Somewhere between slapstick, character acting, choreography, and assemblage sculpture, he has honed a form that is intentionally “not always in control of itself”.

Philip will use the Take It Outside programme to experiment with and explore pyrotechnics as a visual score and volatile poetry within his live-art practice. Focusing on three elemental materials: water, fire and air - he'll work across the workshops and with pyrotechnician Cai Richards to materialize a new approach in his performance. He will explore how much needs inventing, where chance plays its part and more practically how the processes can be solidified safely to repeat and to tour to outdoor spaces across the UK.

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Daisy Fairclough

Daisy Fairclough is a chaos clown, performer and artist, who left the mainstream industry of film and TV, to explore her own creativity. She explores much of her work in the streets, public and alternative spaces. Her explorations in the street have informed much of her work, the relationship between chaos and order, and where her art can explore freely and spontaneously. Now, she is looking to develop her story telling skill, and wants to weave them with clowning and sharing stories that are often untold and sacred.

For the Take It Outside programme, Daisy wants to explore the native tradition of the sacred clown and their role in community, street performance and public spaces. She will explore the possibility of a roving raging performing clown, exploring the place of chaos and magik in our capitalist society -and researching the potentiality of 'therapeutic theatre' and how to create shows that are not just for people to watch, but for people to play in & have control over.

Addae Gaskin

Addae G is an artist originally from Trinidad & Tobago, the birthplace of Carnival. Carnival, a vibrant explosion of colors, music, and storytelling, has been an intrinsic part of his identity and artistic practice. As an artist in exile who sought asylum in the UK, his practice involves intertwining the jubilant cultural heritage of his homeland with his experiences in a new environment.

Through this programme and residency, Addae is keen to explore the intersectionality of Carnival as a form of storytelling, with a focus on its cultural significance, heritage, and spiritual aspects, particularly in the context of his journey as a migrant artist. He is seeking to create a tapestry where the threads of Carnival storytelling weave together histories, cultures, and human experiences in a vibrant celebration that speaks to the soul, unites hearts, and builds bridges across the globe.

Pei-Chi Lee

Pei-Chi Lee is originally from Taiwan, now living and working in the UK, and her practice revolves around the exploration of how culture and infrastructure influence human behavior, with a particular focus on geopolitics, public space, and our sense of control. Through site-specific installation, she challenges societal norms and encourages viewers to step outside their comfort zones, embrace a playful and interconnected way of being that extends beyond traditional gallery spaces.

Over the course of the Take It Outside programme, Pei-Chi will develop a site-specific installation called Everything Should Remain Possible, in response to the current period of "the new normal". The installation will be interactive, encouraging passersby to pull ropes which change its composition, and accompanied by a live choreographed performance where the hanging pattern will dynamically change in response to the performers’ movements. Pei-Chi aims to spark new ways of thinking and interaction, encouraging participants to view everyday experiences from multiple perspectives.

Image Credit: Bella Galliano

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Becky Lyon

Becky Lyon is an English-Jamaican artist working at the intersection of art and ecology. Her art practice dwells in the sticky places between sensing bodies, tactile processes and the touchy-feely, earthly curriculums, power relations, word-world building; softness and slippery edges as rebellious strategies; intimacy and concrete-ologies. She is interested in art practice as a tool for forging renewed relationships with ecology which she tunes into as a "sourcebook" for co-flourishing in times of ruin. Her work manifests as installations, rituals, photographic objects, handmade moving images and text. She is founder of Ground Provisions - an artist-led, schooled-by-the-forest for grown ups and the Squishy Sessions research collective-coven.

Becky’s ‘outdoor’ arts practice involves facilitating experiences for people to forge relationships with nature and tune into ecology as a teacher. During the Take It Outside Programme, Becky will develop a methodology for transforming facilitation to installation. She is exploring trail-making, inhabitable sculpture and sound as possible conduits for outdoor experiences. She is interested in how outdoor experience can disrupt power structures and broaden up access to the outdoors.

Image credit (c) Michael Shilling

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Jamaal O'Driscoll

Jamaal O'Driscoll, Artistic Director of O'Driscoll Collective, is a versatile performer and choreographer born & working in Birmingham. He is a specialist in the dance style of Breakin’ and is well respected in the underground Hip Hop scene through his long-standing membership of renowned Breakin’ crew MDK. For his artistic work, Jamaal is interested in perceptions of masculinity & male mental health within the Black British community. Jamaal is dedicated to making work in local communities and enjoys making work for outdoor and unusual spaces.

For the Take It Outside programme, Jamaal is keen to develop his practice working in outdoor spaces and devise a 20-30min piece that can tour and adapt to a range of sites, from housing estates to skate parks, using Breakin’ and digital media to transform perceptions of community spaces. Jamaal is interested in creating worlds through performance, inviting audiences to see public spaces in new ways whilst ensuring as minimal environmental impact as possible. He has a keen interest in telling under-represented stories and shining a light on complex issues through his artistic practice.

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