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Maps & Tours Presentation

A phenomenology of Faceless Arts’ “Empty Square on the M62” project –
an example of Touring Outdoor Community Performance Practice


Creative Participant Journey

My take on how to grow a connected community of inspired creatives


FOLLOW THE DIVERSION takes inspiration from an Empty Square near Ousefleet, the only featureless square on an ordinance survey map. It is also based on the human geography of the area, with its A1 and M1 motorway arterials, canal routes, coal mines, glassworks and powerstations.

Whilst the large human interventions in the otherwise rural landscape, form a powerful backdrop to M62 communities and the M62 show, the real substance of the production are the personal stories and memories of younger and older people who live in the communities that flank the M62. These are beautifully unique places, that are often over-looked as people pass by, going about their busy lives. The production, literally diverts the audience from their maps and satnavs to a tour of local memories of time, space and place, taking in stories of pea-pulling, royal visits, WWII bomber squadrons and town lock-ups.

Young people aged 6-16 worked with Faceless Arts over three weeks during their summer holidays to collect stories from older people, and share their own stories, which, under the gentle direction of Faceless arts are transformed into a charming and poignant touring performance.

The style of the production is non-verbal, visual outdoor performance using the metaphor of children’s play to explore poignant memories, community identity and the importance of taking the time to stop and see what is around you.

Faceless Arts refreshes the parts other arts can not reach

Image  Image The Heron by Faceless Arts

1) Art is for everyone … everywhere

2)  Art can flourish in the edgelands and is not the preserve of the urban cognoscenti

3) Art is about people and place and stories of people and places

4) Art can be made to high quality by anyone if the creative experience is of high quality

5)  A high quality creative participatory experience consists of the right process, with relevance to participants, facilitated in the right place.

6) A theatre building or arts venue can be a barrier to some people engaging with the arts

7) More people will have an opportunity to enjoy the arts if art is taken to them, made with them and is about them.

8) Everyone has a story to tell and art is a way of presenting and documenting those stories for others to appreciate

9) To create art through play makes it accessible and enriches both the quality of the work, the audience experience and those creating the work

10) Using multifarious media in the creation of work provides multitudinous layers by which an audience can engage

11) Working with performance, non-verbally and visually creates a  universal poetic language accessible to all

Snaith 2013 – photo by Amanda Crowther