European Outdoor Arts Academy: Limerick School of Spectacle: Procession

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Invitation for applications from creative practitioners & artists from all disciplines to attend 'Limerick School of Spectacle 2018: Procession' - a free eight-day European outdoor arts training School in Limerick, Ireland.

The European Academy of Outdoor Arts are inviting applications from creative practitioners from Limerick and the surrounding areas, Ireland to attend an eight-day school in outdoor arts production and making for installation. The school also has a small number of places available for creative practitioners in the Academies’ project partner countries Bulgaria, Ireland; Cyprus; Greece and Lithuania.


Limerick School of Spectacle 2018: Procession

Limerick School of Spectacle 2018 is a free eight day intensive outdoor arts training school for twenty five local and international creative practitioners. The school will deliver training designed to build skills that creatives need for making outdoor arts procession for and with community participation.
Image: Public presentations, Kaunas School of Spectacle, Darius Petrulis.

The school is led by Walk the Plank, and organised and hosted by partner Limerick City & County Council, Ireland.

With international partners Pafos 2017, Cyprus; Plovdiv 2019 Foundation; Bulgaria; Dvimiescio kulka, Lithuania and associate partners Fidget Feet, Ireland; that together make up the European Outdoor Arts Academy. The training is made possible through the support of Creative Europe; SNF; Limerick City & County Council and Arts Council of Ireland.

Limerick School of Spectacle 2018 is the fifth of five distinct international European Schools of Spectacle that have happened across Europe between 2016 and 2018.

The school will deliver core training in outdoor arts production for procession and co-creating with community, alongside practical making techniques for 3D processional elements, props/costume and animating procession through movement and aerial. Throughout the week you will put the theory into practice, by working collaboratively to deliver elements for a real parade, Limericks St Patrick’s Day parade on 17th March 2018.

Events like this can bring communities together in shared celebrations of place and local identity
- Liz Pugh, Producer at Walk the Plank

Image: Movement workshop, Kaunas School of Spectacle, Vita Gelūnienė

Facilitators will include

  • Walk the Plank (UK)) Liz Pugh (UK) and Alexis Johnson outdoor arts specialists, lead partner for the School of Spectacle.
  • Fidget Feet (IE) Chantal McCormick, co-founder of Ireland’s first contemporary aerial circus company.
  • Lumen (IE) Martin Shannon and Kate Hodmon, co-founders of Lumen Street Theatre
  • Realta (IE) Aidan Phelan, co-founder Realta street theatre and creative producer on Limerick St Patrick’s Day Parade.


  • Training with professionals working in public spectacles;
  • Cooperative experience with peers;
  • A Certificate of Achievement upon completion of the course;
  • Links to new networks, collaborators and contacts

Who should apply

  • We are interested in creative practitioners and artists driven to learn how to take their practice into an outdoor setting, with a desire to learn with others, to experiment, co‒operate and co-create.
  • Be motivated to work collaboratively as a collective
  • Be interested in installation in outdoor settings

Eligibility Criteria

Creative practitioners from in or around Limerick, Ireland OR be invited to apply from Bulgaria, Lithuania, Cyprus or Greece and be ready and willing to commit to the full 8-day duration of the programme (plus any travel days).

The school will be delivered in English with limited translation, so applicants must feel confident speaking and listening to English.

Financial Conditions

Creative practitioners awarded a place from Ireland will be given a free place on the training school, which will include programme materials, lunch and dinner.

Invited creative practitioners from Bulgaria, Lithuania; Cyprus and Greece will be given a free place on the course, your travel and accommodation will be booked by your partner country, programme materials, lunch and dinner will also be supplied.

How to apply

Apply by completing the order form. We would prefer it if you could apply in English. Please have links to your CV and portfolio (your web site, through google docs or your social media space) ready to complete the order form.

Please click the 'Register' button above to apply.

The application deadline is Monday 19th February 2018, 12noon GMT.

Applicants will be selected by a panel. You will be informed if you have a place soon after the deadline.

For enquiries please contact the lead partner in the first instance

Please note, Walk the Plank will only be able to field enquiries in English.

What Creative Practitioners Attending the School of Spectacle in Pafos in 2016 said:

Creative practitioners and artists from six European countries share skills, develop talent, and create outdoor events that celebrate place, identity and our common European heritage during Pafos School of Spectacle in December 2016.

Pafos School of Spectacle, 2016

Here's what they said:

Creative practitioners and artists from six European countries share skills, develop talent, and create outdoor events that celebrate place, identity and our common European heritage during Pafos School of Spectacle in December 2016. Here's what they said:

“An exciting and valuable experience. In just three days we managed to make a team of people who have never seen each other before, to come up with ideas and unite in a common solution in which all feel comfortable. We made an outdoor spectacle in a place that most had never seen before.“
Petko Tanchev, Pafos School of Spectacle participant

“For me, the most impressive thing was how they involved the community in the project and made this not just another event, but an event made by the people, for the people under the orchestration of the teachers and us, the students.”
Katerina Neofytidou, Pafos School of Spectacle participant



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