Publications

ISAN publishes Guides and Toolkits about working in the Outdoor Arts sector.

  • Some of our publications are free for Members.
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ISAN Setting the Streets Alive

Setting the Streets Alive: A Guide to Producing Street Arts Events covers the basics of producing successful Outdoor Arts events, from the early planning stages right through to the production of the event itself. Text by Bill Gee, Edward Taylor and Anne Tucker.

Price: £8.00

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ISAN Safety Guidance

Safety Guidance for Street Arts, Carnival, Processions and Large-Scale Performance (2004, revised 2009) contains Health and Safety guidance for anyone involved in planning and producing an Outdoor Arts event. This guide is endorsed by the Institute of Licensing. Main text by David Bilton.

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Street Arts: A User’s Guide

Street Arts: A User’s Guide (2002) offers a snapshot of Street Arts in the UK from 1970 to 2000 exploring the history and aesthetics of this wide ranging practice. Contributions from Bim Mason, Baz Kershaw, Lyn Gardner and many leading practitioners. Andrew Dean (Series Editor), Dorothy Max Prior (Associate Editor).

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ISAN Guidance on Police Charging

Police Charging for Services at Events is intended to help event organisers understand the basis for and how charges are calculated by police in delivering police services for events. It gives practical information, advice and tips suggestions how to work with the police and minimise the cost. FREE to ISAN members.

Price: £5.00

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ISAN Guidance on the Use of Cranes

Guidance on the Use of Cranes for Performance gives advice to event organisers to understand how to best fulfil the ‘additional requirements’ needed when using cranes in performance. FREE to ISAN members.

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The Big Ask

An action research report into the experiences of five leading Outdoor Arts organisations as they tested a variety of fundraising methods. This report provides additional insight and advice to other outdoor arts organisations and creative producers interested in diversifying their income streams. Text by Marina Norris.

Available free: click here to download

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ISAN Access Toolkit

ISAN Access Toolkit: making outdoor arts accessible for all (2009) offers guidance to help organisers make Outdoor Arts more accessible for Deaf and disabled audiences and artists and it will help you to understand your obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act.

ISAN commissioned Attitude is Everything to write the toolkit. Main text by Suzanne Bull & Alan Kerr, edited and co-written by Mark Waddell, in consultation with David Bilton.

Available free: click here to download

(If you would prefer a hard copy of the Access Toolkit, please contact us).

Price: £0.00

ISAN Environmental Sustainability Toolkit

ISAN Environmental Sustainability Toolkit (2012) is designed to help the Outdoor Arts sector develop sustainable practice and is aimed at both large and small organisations. ISAN commissioned Julie’s Bicycle to write this toolkit.  Julie’s Bicycle is a not-for-profit organisation working across the arts and creative industries, providing expertise in environmental sustainability to hundreds of organisations in the UK and internationally.

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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors: making the case for Outdoor Arts in the UK is a film that presents the benefits that outdoor arts bring to public space and is an advocacy tool in support of the funding of outdoor arts.  The film presents a broad range of outdoor art including work by Deaf and disabled artists and work focused on climate change issues. Produced by Chris Purnell, for Remarkable Productions, edited by Daniel Haggett.

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The Next Steps Forward

The Next Steps Forward: A Snapshot of Large Scale Street Arts in the UK includes a selection of presentations from the Next Step Forward Conference in Liverpool 2003, and highlights the key developments in the sector since 2003. Various contributors, edited by Katy Fuller.

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