Inside Out Dorset Festival 2016 - Call for Artists' Proposals

‘Hengistbury Headlines’ – Call for Artists’ Proposals

Activate Performing Arts is preparing to once again transform Dorset’s landscape, presenting Inside Out Dorset in September 2016 with 10 days of high quality, large scale outdoor theatre, dance, installation, and performance across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

As part of this festival Activate is delighted to announce a nationwide call for artists’ proposals for 2016 event – ‘Hengistbury Headlines’.

This new temporary installation and performance trail, in the spectacular landscape of Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth, will be a key part of the 2016 Inside Out Dorset Festival. Artists are being asked to propose ideas which explore the landscape, heritage, wildlife and environment of Hengistbury Head, as well as respond to the global issue of climate change. Climate Change is a pertinent subject and is the focus of a larger arts programme across the county led by Dorset Arts Trust.

The ‘Hengistbury Headlines’ trail, will present work by up to nine artists and companies. This will be a free event and will be open to the public from Thursday 22nd – Sunday 25th September 2016.

Artists who are selected will be supported across a year of development, working closely with experts on the environment, heritage and wildlife.  The project aims to attract thousands of audience members to learn more about Hengistbury Head and the effect that climate change is having on all of our lives and the environment.

An Artists’ Information Day will be held at Hengistbury Head Outdoor Education Centre for those interested in applying, on Saturday 7th November 2015. Arrive from 1.30pm for a start at 2pm - the event runs until 4pm. It will include brief speaker presentations and an orientation walk. A limited number of one to one slots for artists to discuss ideas are available from 16.15 - 17.30pm following the walk. If you are planning to attend and would like to book a slot, please contact Jen Walke-Myles on 01305 260954 or Email: Click HERE for full info.

The call for proposals is also available in BSL format. Click HERE to access

For more details, download the Artists’ Brief & Information pack on the right. 

The pack is also available in audio described format. Click HERE to access


The deadline to submit proposals is Monday 23rd November at 5pm. The full line-up of selected artists will be announced in December 2015.

This event is presented by Activate Performing Arts for Inside Out Dorset Festival and is supported by Arts Council England, Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Dorset Arts Trust, The Arts Development Company, Pavilion Dance South West and the RSPB. In partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council.


How to apply

Download the artists pack pdf files x 2, below.

The pack is also available in audio described format. Click HERE to access.

The deadline to submit proposals is Monday 23rd November at 5pm.