Without Walls, the ‘UK’s largest’ curator of outdoor arts shows, has appointed three new members via open call to its Board of Directors.

The new directors are Lew Hodges, Chartered Accountant (FCA, MBA, DChA); Ivan Wadeson, Executive Director, Manchester City of Literature and Caron Wint, Investment Team Administrator for Big Society Capital.

Chair of Without Walls, Josephine Burns said: “Without Walls is a leader in its field and is an undeniable success story for the UK outdoor arts sector; our collective and democratic decision-making model has led to pioneering outdoor work been presented across the country for free. We are delighted to welcome Caron, Ivan and Lew to Board of Without Walls. We have an ambitious plan for the coming years and by enhancing our Board with these external voices and specialist expertise, our work can be even more transformative on a local, regional, and national level. Our new Board members have shown much passion for the work of the consortium and will no doubt help uphold our visions and values, ensuring we bring high-quality arts experience to audiences in the places they call home.”

New board member Ivan Wadeson added: “The constant theme to my career has been about bringing art together with audiences. Outdoor arts delivers this engagement in surprising and imaginative ways and reaches parts of the population that may shy away from or avoid building-based work. Without Walls has made a significant impact on the outdoor arts sector to date through not only reaching new and diverse audiences but also developing the art form and supporting artists in developing their practice. I am looking to supporting the next phase of the Consortium’s mission as a Board member”.

Established in 2007 as a partnership between five festivals, Without Walls has become a network of 36 festivals and arts organisations. The additions to the Board are the result of a  year of growth for Without Walls. The organisation has expanded from eighteen to thirty-six partners, as well as supporting eighteen artists and companies to create new work to tour across the UK and overseas. They have also sustained the Without Walls Blueprint research and development programme for artists wanting to explore outdoor work.

The Without Walls Board of Directors for 2019 onwards are:

Dr Jane Ali-Knight, professor in Festival and Event Management at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland and a Visiting Professor at Curtin University, Australia;

Angie Bual, producer and artistic director of Trigger, winner of the Creative Producer Arts Foundation Award, Clore Fellow and Interim Chair for Mayk in Bristol;

Josephine Burns, executive chair of Without Walls;

Andrew Comben, chief executive of Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival;

Mark Denbigh, head of production & programme at Norfolk and Norwich Festival;

Lew Hodges, chartered accountant (FCA, MBA, DChA);

Richard Holt, head of Global Cities Research for Oxford Economics;

Anthony Missen, Clore Fellow, member of the Greater Manchester Culture Steering Group, founding director of New Movement Collective and co-founder of Company Chameleon;

Joe Mackintosh, chief executive for SeaChange Arts and Artistic Director of the Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts

Gemma Thomas, director for Appetite, Stoke-On-Trent, and Special Projects Producer at the New Vic Theatre in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire;

Ivan Wadeson, executive director for Manchester City of Literature;

Caron Wint, Investment Team administrator for Big Society Capital.