Known around the world, outdoor arts experts Walk the Plank are the people behind Green Space Dark Skies. The Salford-based team worked on the project with a set of brilliant partners: Siemens, National Parks UK, the University of Salford, and with Landscapes for Life: The National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), Extraordinary Bodies, the collaboration between Diverse City, Cirque Bijou, CC-Lab and Activate Performing Arts.
Other partners include Extraordinary Bodies, the collaboration between Diverse City and Cirque Bijou, the UK’s leading integrated circus company, which welcomes humans of all ages and abilities, and helped Walk the Plank to work with and for people from all paths in life; CC-Lab, film production company documented and produced the films for all our events; and Activate Performing Arts, who create opportunities for everyone through the performing arts.
Green Space Dark Skies worked with partners nationally, including The National Trust, which hosted eight events across the UK, and Natural England who provided advice about protected landscapes including Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conservation.
Green Space Dark Skies was commissioned by UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, the ground breaking UK-wide celebration of creativity in 2022
Green Space Dark Skies was one of ten major projects chosen for UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK, the UK-wide celebration of creativity in 2022. Each of the partners was involved from the start: together, they have helped to shape ideas for the project and bring it to life. The team at Walk the Plank engaged with Lumenators – thousands of people who carried a Geolight – and worked with artists to make the events happen, including safety and technical setup.
It was the aim of the UNBOXED festival to explore creativity through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).