Projects / Roadshow

2003

Poster by Mark Titchener

Roadshow is arguably our most influential project to date, at least from the first decade of work under director Adam Sutherland - although it nearly killed us.

The intention of this insanely ambitious project was to take a touring programme of live art and link it with local cultures at a series of 'out of the mainstream' venues across the UK. These venues were Grizedale Visitor Centre, Lickey Hills Park in Birmingham, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales and in Dundee, the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

The project evolved as it travelled to each venue, creating a markedly different 2 day event at each. This was done by encouraging artists to develop their works according to the experience of being on the road, and giving them a lot of freedom to do so without censure. There was also a lot of collaboration and sharing of ideas, influences and content within the core artists' group and with all the communities visited en route. Some of the core content included a wide range of music drawn from the commissioned artists and communities around the host venues: There was a rolling programme of a Battle of the Bands, a choral gospel meeting, death metal and Welsh folk music. The artists found themselves working closely with audiences outside of their usual frames of reference, creating a vital and dynamic mix that had an enduring impact on the artists, the commissioning venues and on the visiting public.

There is a dedicated illustrated publication available from our online Shop with texts by Mark Beasley and Dan Fox.