Welcome to ISAN
ISAN is a leading national membership organisation for the strategic development of Outdoor Arts. We develop the Outdoor Arts sector through networking, lobbying, information-sharing, training, research and advocacy support and advice for our members. We also provide general sector services. We represent 100 members comprising artists, producers, presenters, promoters and support agencies working in Outdoor Arts in the UK and Ireland. We are committed to supporting Outdoor Arts in all its forms and advocating its benefits and practice.
We are a not-for-profit organisation in receipt of NPO funding from Arts Council England.
ISAN and The Audience Agency New Partnership Announcement: Outdoor Arts Sector Cluster
Making the Case for Outdoor Arts
We are delighted to announce our partnership with The Audience Agency (TAA) to research audiences in the outdoor arts sector as part of the Audience Focus programme, funded by ACE and devised and delivered by TAA. The overall aim of our partnership is to change outdoor arts for the better, helping the sector reach new and bigger audiences and access new resources.
The years ahead will be challenging for the arts. This programme will enable ISAN to support all in the sector, including artists, to meet this period of challenge. This programme will provide us all with real evidence to make the case in support of continued public and private investment in outdoor arts.
This is the start of a two year process of gathering evidence with our members through partnership with The Audience Agency. In this way our members will be able to benefit from the sector wide results and reporting. ISAN helping to make the case for outdoor arts.
If you would like to be part of this initiative and are not currently a member join up by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
ISAN 2013 Membership & Sector Survey
This is your chance to win a free place at the ISAN 2013 conference in November (more details to follow in due course). Just take 10 minutes to fill in our online evaluation survey and submit by Monday 13th May. A free conference place could be yours!
This is the first annual ISAN membership and sector-wide evaluation we have conducted. We welcome your participation and commentary on what needs you have and what issues you face now working in the sector. Your feedback will also help us know better your actual needs and enable us to improve our services to you in delivering, supporting and developing outdoor arts. This will enable us to inform our work in moving forward.
We are seeking responses not only from ISAN members against our member services but also all those working in the outdoor arts not currently members, against our sector wide services and development role.
Please complete your questionnaire here: ISAN Membership & Sector Survey
If you wish to take part in our prize draw which will offer a free place at the ISAN Conference in 2013, please complete your contact details.
Only completed questionnaires will be valid. EXTENDED DEADLINE TO: Monday 3rd June 2013.
Thank you for your support.
ISAN 2013 General Meeting
Wednesday 27th February
City Hall, The Queens Walk, London SE1 2AA
11.30am (registration) to 5.30pm
Join us for our first General Meeting of 2013 to learn about our latest plans and new partnerships to bring forward the legacy of 2012 and lead us into the future. Find out about the latest developments in outdoor arts and new opportunities.
A packed agenda comprising current sector need and issues:
- Making the Case: how audience evaluation plays a vital role in future planning , fundraising and advocating for outdoor arts
- Case Studies including: Mayor of London’s Showtime2012, an innovative model of local authority working. Plus, the Outer London Outdoor Arts Touring programme funded by ACE through G4A Strategic Touring
- Health & Safety and Police Charging: including our new Cranes Guidance
- Funding & Sustainability
- Environmental Sustainability: learn about the outcome from year 1 of our audits conducted by Julie’s BicyclePlus,
- Chair succession: the ISAN board nomination presents for membership approval
And meet our new General Manager!
Join us, members and non-members alike, to learn, share your own news and for informal networking.
Finally, we are delighted to be hosted by the Mayor of London’s Culture Team at City Hall in their iconic building overlooking the Thames, by Tower Bridge, right in the heart of London.
Please arrive for registration and light refreshments at 11.30am, for a 12noon start. The meeting will finish at 5.30pm when we will convene at a nearby bar for early evening drinks. There are lots of good value places to eat in the evening within a few minutes of the meeting place.
To book your place and for travel and hotel information, please email Tom Thornton, General Manager at: email@example.com
Please confirm your attendance by Monday 25th February. Priority booking will be given to those on a first come first served basis.
ISAN Access Toolkit is an Inspire project part of the London 2012 Inspire programme in the South East celebrating Inspire Day
UK Inspire Day is a celebration of the London 2012 Inspire programme – a family of over 2,700 projects across the UK that have been inspired by the Games to do something special in their local communities.
The ISAN Access Toolkit by ISAN is one of 117 exceptional Cultural Olympiad projects in the South East to have been awarded the coveted London 2012 Inspire mark. In total there are 717 Cultural Olympiad projects across the UK. Access Toolkit will be part of an amazing Summer of Culture in the region which includes everything from midnight choirs in woods, giant puppets, carnival processions, street dance, exhibitions, films and even a sculptural exercise trail.
Seb Coe, Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games said: “The ISAN Access Toolkit is one of over two thousand seven hundred projects using the Inspire mark across the United Kingdom. I’d like to thank ISAN for all their support and hard work using the power of the Games to inspire change.”
Outdoor Arts brings people and places together across the UK through the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad
Outdoor arts are a key focus of the cultural programme being produced across the whole of the UK through the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
ISAN participated in the ACE 2012 Meet the Press event today Tuesday 15th May 2012 in London raising awareness of the cultural programme being produced across the UK through the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.
Through the London 2012 UK wide cultural programme, outdoor arts will bring people and public spaces together, creating opportunities for cultural tourism and enhancing economic return in city centres on public investment. Outdoor arts are increasingly recognised as an important and popular part of contemporary UK cultural life evidenced by the huge growth in both community and commercial festivals, with millions of people attending across the UK. By its very nature – accessible, free and exciting – outdoor arts reaches more and more people in England and the UK each year.
ISAN has led the way in supporting the outdoor arts sector, through its members, to prepare for and deliver the cultural programme across the UK and through the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. ISAN has produced the following good practice guidelines in the delivery of outdoor arts work:
• ISAN Environmental Sustainability Toolkit
• ISAN Access Toolkit (2012 Inspire Mark)
ISAN Environmental Sustainability Toolkit available now as a FREE Download
The ISAN Environmental Sustainability Toolkit is now live and downloadable for free from the Downloads section of the ISAN website and from Julie’s Bicycle. The Toolkit focuses on practical achievable measures and highlights examples of good practice from case studies covering a range of presentation platforms, generic processes and contexts. It contains good practice guidelines, resource information, a glossary of terms and useful contacts to facilitate the creation of environmentally sustainable outdoor art.
It is designed to help the wider outdoor arts constituency to develop sustainable practice. It is intended to be used by both small and large organisations as a means to support and develop greener and more efficient working practices.
We commissioned Julie’s Bicycle to create the Sustainability Toolkit as a relevant, useable and sector specific guide, designed for outdoor arts. We achieved this through our on going support from Arts Council England. Julie’s Bicycle is the leading not-for-profit company working across the arts and creative industries, providing expertise in environmental sustainability to hundreds of organisations in the UK and internationally.
Keeping it green: Download, and pass the message of the Toolkit on…
ISAN has a new Director
Introduction from Bill Gee
Bill Gee the ISAN Chair is really pleased to announce that Helen Cadwallader has been appointed as the first full-time Director of ISAN and she will start in early January 2012. From 2007 to 2011, Helen was Executive Director of Brighton Photo Biennial, leading on the vision, strategic development, re-branding and re-positioning of the organization. From 2000 to 2006 she was Arts Council England national lead for the strategic development of photography and media, publishing and distribution, advising and developing its Photography and Media strategy, conducting research and managing a range of funds. Prior to this she was the first to manage and further develop the BAA Art Programme, a strategy to commission contemporary art in BAA airports including Heathrow, which operated from 1994 to 1999.
Helen said: “ISAN offers a unique platform to represent and promote the interests of outdoor arts including, companies, organisations and individual practitioners. I am looking forward to building on the significant success and achievements of the organisation, working with the ISAN board and membership network, to lead the organisation into the next exciting phase of its growth. I look forward to meeting and speaking with as many members as possible in my first few months in the role.”
The ISAN Access Toolkit – Download here
Packed with examples of measures which events organisers can take to meet the requirements of Deaf and disabled audience members at outdoor arts festivals and events; including marketing, transport, site layout, the range of access services that can be offered and ideas about programming.
The ISAN Access Toolkit focuses on practical, achievable measures and highlights examples of good practice from case studies of 4 existing festivals. It also contains guidelines on practical issues, (signage, platforms etc.), useful contacts, and will help you to understand your obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act.