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Alan Richardson (Surge) (United Kingdom)

Alan Richardson has been working in street arts and indoor theatre for 25 years as a producer, director, teacher, performer, musician and musical director. He has been responsible for the development of teaching practice in street theatre in Porto (European Capital of Culture 2001) and Liverpool (through Hope Street LTD). He has designed and programmed street theatre festivals in Porto, Liverpool and Glasgow. He is also a director of indoor and outdoor physical theatre, and has devised directed multiple performances that have enjoyed international touring success.

Alan is currently Director of Surge an organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of street arts, physical theatre and circus in Scotland. In this role, along with the rest of the Surge staff he is responsible for developing and delivering professional development, masterclasses, residency and education and outreach programmes across Scotland. Conflux also delivers Surge Festival, Scotland’s only physical performance festival that takes place each July in Glasgow.

UZ Arts,

The United Kingdom (UK)

Founding member of IN SITU in 2003, until 2020

UZ Arts was established in 2011 as a charity to support every aspect of the creation and distribution of art. It builds upon the legacy of UZ Events established in 1994 to create large - scale festivals and events for Scotland. UZ Arts supports artists who wish to work across borders and artforms and outside conventional venues through residencies, commissioning, presenting and sometimes touring their work. UZ manages the international artist residency programme at the Sura Medura Centre in Sri Lanka. It commissions through the support of Creative Scotland and as UK representative of the European network IN SITU.

The company creates innovative cultural platforms that support partnerships between the public and private sector, the artistic and wider communities. In 2012 UZ established the Scottish network “Roofless” to support producers who wished to present art in public space in Scotland with partners from the Shetland Islands in the north to Dumfries and Galloway in the South-West. In 2015 UZ launched a new festival “Galoshans” in Greenock Scotland with a national and international programme inspired by an ancient local practice celebrating Halloween - “when two worlds meet” and an international annual symposium “MovingOut” exploring development in art in public space in Sri Lanka and Scotland.

Director : Neil Butler