Moving Out – 2021

The 7th Edition of Moving Out took place on-line on Friday July 9th 2021.

To view the programme and schedule – click here

Embedded on this page are all the recordings of presentations, workshops and the Scottish Outdoor Arts Platform.

Moving Out is an annual symposium that brings together professionals from the outdoor arts and events sector across the UK and beyond. Presented by Surge, Wrap the World and Articulation, it hopes to provide opportunities to learn from one another as we focus on the contemporary issues central to our practice. As we start to emerge from the restrictions that have affected us all during the pandemic, Moving Out will this year focussed on four topics:

Presenting Work

We explore how producers have presented work throughout lockdown and how they intend to be presenting work in 2021/22.  How will events and festival feel and how will the platforms that bring artists and audience together change? There will be a discussion of opportunities for artists in 2021/22.


“If anything, art is… about morals, about our belief in humanity.
Without that, there simply is no art.” Ai Weiwei

Outdoor artists provide a unique perspective as to how to make use of public space, and our social and political relationship to it.  Artists are invited to discuss their work’s political implications, and how outdoor art’s activism responds to a ‘public space’ that now expands beyond the street corner. 


Whilst the UK might have left the EU we remain firmly attached to Europe.

We explore how to maintain relationships with festivals and artists across our continent.

With Covid also making borders much ‘harder’ than they have ever been for a generation, we ask how international artists intend to surpass them in future. 

Scottish Outdoor Arts Platform 

The Scottish Outdoor Arts Platform will connect artists and promoters who have work or programming slots available in Scotland from Summer ‘21 – Summer ‘22. The session will offer artists, venues, festivals, local authorities and third sector organisations to give a short ‘pitch presentations’ on current works available for touring, commissions or programming opportunities 

The pitching session will be followed by a series of scheduled one-to-one speed dating session between artists and promoters to discuss partnerships in more depth.

Scottish Outdoor Arts Index 

Articulation are compiling an index of artists making work for the outdoors, promoters actively seeking open air performance opportunities and arts professionals with capacity and skills to offer. The index will act as a tool to connect artists, arts workers and presenting organisations looking to develop outdoor arts partnerships from now until Summer 2022.

Moving Out is organised by 

Neil Butler – Creative Director

Alan Richardson – Director

Martin Danziger –

Stanley Smith – Project Manager 

Visit last year’s event at the link here – Moving Out 2020.