Creating Outdoors

In 2024, Periplum is launching a brand new outdoor arts training programme for Tees Valley creatives. Beginning with an intensive residency, the programme leads to further opportunities through the rest of the year, including paid work as part of our North Sea Sirens production. Creating Outdoors is geared at creatives from any discipline looking to make work for the outdoors for the first time, artists already working in outdoor space who want to develop their skills, and practitioners interested in exploring imaginative ways of engaging with audiences, working collaboratively and developing ideas.

The programme starts with a 5-day series of workshops exploring a range of disciplines related to outdoor arts, including Artistic Direction & Visual Design, Site-Specific Creation, Performance Skills, Sound Design & Music Production, Fire and Special Effects, Producing and Production Management. Periplum’s Artistic Directors are leading the programme, joined by some of the UK’s leading outdoor arts specialists. The programme also provides the opportunity for creatives to reflect on and develop their own practice.

Participants will benefit from further opportunities post-residency. The full Creating Outdoors programme includes:

    A free 5-day programme of training & workshops in a range of disciplines, with a bursary available to cover expenses

    A minimum of 2 x one-on-one sessions with Periplum, offering advice for further professional development tailored to artists’ practice;

    Paid employment, shadowing and participatory opportunities in a range of roles with Periplum through their 2024 production North Sea Sirens;

    Support & guidance towards further pathways, including approaches to funding your own work or gaining further training and employment opportunities with other organisations.

Who is this for?

Creating Outdoors is open to both emerging & established creatives in any relevant artistic specialism who are living or working in Tees Valley and looking to diversify their practice in the outdoors. The programme is designed to compliment existing successful programmes including Tees Valley New Creatives and SIRF Outdoor Arts Collective.

Diversity, Equity and Access requirements

As a neurodiverse-led organisation, we are acutely aware of the barriers that participants face when they engage with arts development activity and the wider industry. We are actively encouraging creatives from diverse backgrounds, and who may be facing barriers, to take part and to share advice on any practical actions we can undertake to ensure equal access.


This programme has been funded by Tees Valley Combined Authority to support the growth of the local cultural sector. North Sea Sirens is funded by Arts Council England and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.