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  • ‘The Money’ booking link

    If you haven’t got your ticket for ‘The Money’ yet, for either Manchester or Bristol, there’s still time.

    Follow the links below to the Eventbrite page and use the password.

    ‘The Money’ Manchester

    Password: NB2015


    ‘The Money’ Bristol

    Password: NB2015

  • Bristol and Manchester – culture captials

    For delegates attending the conference, don’t forget there is a whole world of Arts and culture around you in our host cities. In case you are arriving on Monday evening or wanted to extend your stay longer on the Wednesday – or even if you planned to sneak off after the No Boundaries sharing supper on the Tuesday (it’s ok, we won’t mind. much) – here are a few suggestions of things you can do:


    1. Black Tonic, The Other Way Works – Interactive theatre meets mini-break as you play detective in the bedrooms & corridors of a real hotel. More info here. (ticketed – check availability as each performance has very limited capacity)

    2. The Stick House, Raucous – a dark gothic fable fusing film, music, performance and creative digital technology developed at the Pervasive Media Studio to form a compelling theatre adventure. More info here. (ticketed)

    3. Living Quarters, Tobacco Factory Theatres – bold co-production of this rarely seen work by Irish writer Brian Friel concerning a complex tale of family conflict- More info here. (ticketed)

    4. Sain Zahoor, Colston Hall – an unforgettable evening by the true original with a cult following. More info here. (ticketed)

    5. Richard Long: Time and Space, Arnolfini – major new solo exhibition celebrating the Bristol-based artist, including several new works that have been made for this exhibition alongside recreations of previous works . More info here. (free entry)

    6. Watershed – Don’t forget your host venue has a bustling programme of cultural cinema all year around. More info here. (ticketed)



    1. The Crucible, Royal Exchange Theatre – this Arthur Miller classic is a devastating portrayal of the human cost of tyranny and vengeance. More info here. (ticketed)

    2. The Whitworth – Museum of the Year 2015, current exhibits include Bedwyr Williams, Cornelia Parker and Richard Forster. More info here. (free entry)

    3. Filmworks, Contact – in this exhibition choreographer and performer Hetain Patel, and Forced Entertainment’s Tim Etchells each present a selection of short film pieces, using time-lapse photography, staged and improvised performance, and found footage. More info here. (free entry)

    4. Matthew Darbyshire, Manchester Art Gallery – the contemporary artist’s largest solo public exhibition to date, including ten of his large-scale environments from the last decade. More info here (free entry)

    5. Show Me the Money, People’s History Museum – exhibition charting how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media. More info here. (free entry)

    6. HOME - explore the visual arts, theatre and cinema programme of our Manchester hosts, all packed within this brand new arts centre. More info here.


    Don’t forget to check ticket availability, start times and opening hours via the links provided. We can’t be held responsible if you arrive at any of the places above and you can’t get in!

  • No Boundaries live stream

    The No Boundaries live stream is free to view and begins at 11.45am on Tue 29 Sept. On the morning of the conference the homepage of will change to show the media player.

    We have built functionality into the media player to display live-subtitling or to see the BSL interpretation. Just click the options list and choose how best you’d like to view the conference.

    We are also quite proud of the work the team have done which means that the live stream will work the same as catch-up tv. You can pause it at any point and then press play and it will continue where you left off, or rewind to previous contributors if you’ve missed anything during the two days. 

    We will be live streaming all the sessions apart from the Open Mic (4.45pm, Tue 29 Sept), Open Sessions (Wed 30 Sept, 11.15am to 1.15pm) and any fringe events. 

  • Jennifer Bell: The Babel Choir Project

    These are powerful political times. The voice is both the instrument of collective protest and individual identity. Vocal composer, voice expert and director Jennifer Bell is developing an open-source method for composing music out of speech.

    At No Boundaries 2015, delegates can join in with this exciting new R&D into the technology of group vocalisation. The Babel Choir Project will enable a composition created out of the real vocal timbres, tones and textures of Bristol and Manchester.

    Delegates are invited to spend a few minutes voicing an idea in a one-to-one speech workshop with Jen – in Bristol on Tue 29 Sept and Manchester on Wed 30 Sept. She will then create a soundbank of spoken voices from which to compose. This experiment is part of an ongoing project researching models of political inclusion and discourse, and the social significance of the shared voice.

  • Ian Hargreaves think piece: The creative economy and its enemies

    No Boundaries and TLT commissioned Professor Ian Hargreaves, who is contributing on the first day of No Boundaries, to write an exclusive thinkpiece. Titled The creative economy and its enemies, you can download it here

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  • Comedy and Society

    As part of our interview with Marcus Brigstocke we asked the question: Can comedy help create change in society?

  • Creative Education: Advocating the Importance of the Arts

    We joined Josie Long on the Trowbridge leg of the Alternative Reality Tour. Josie long is a Comedian and Activist and one of the co-founders of Arts Emergency.

    We’ll be debating the theme ‘Creative Education’ at No Boundaries. In this interview we asked Josie where she thinks artists and arts institutions should devote their time when advocating the importance of the Arts – to the funders and policy makers, or to the next generation who have the most to benefit from creative education.


  • Bursary Places for No Boundaries 2015: Results of Ballot Announced

    We have now let all applicants know the results of the ballot for the 40 free bursary places for No Boundaries 2015 (20 in Bristol and 20 in Manchester).

    These places have been prioritised for early career / emerging artists. One of the objectives for No Boundaries is to host conversations that engage people from all parts of the cultural industry. In the run up to last year’s event we received feedback from Artists who weren’t able to cover the cost of attending and wanted to be part of this two-day debate and in response released an additional tier of delegate passes.

    We are grateful to University of the West of England for supporting Artist bursaries at No Boundaries.


  • The Arts and Access

    We asked Owen Jones how well he thinks the arts currently prioritises access. In this interview Owen discusses unpaid internships and the issue that unpaid work discriminates not on the basis of talent but on the basis of wealth.

  • No Boundaries 2015 start/end times

    We have had a few requests for start and end times of the conference. We have listed these below. We will update delegates with the full schedule in early September.

    Tuesday 29th September

    Registration: 10am-11.45am

    Session 1: 11.45am

    Wednesday 30th September

    End: 3pm

  • Being Brave

    The evidence suggests that a diverse workforce will bring a diverse audience. Sam Colt has written a piece, published in Arts Professional, looking at how it’s time for the arts to be bold and lead the diversity charge.

    Sam Colt heads the Arts, Culture and Heritage Practice at Odgers Berndston and is a contributor for this years conference.


  • Arts, culture and 21st century society

    Owen Jones, columnist, author, commentator and political activist

    We spoke with Owen Jones a few weeks a go and asked him what role he thinks arts and culture has in helping to create a healthy, cohesive society.

  • Self-censorship

    Marcus Brigstocke, comedian

    We spoke with March Brigstocke and asked him in an age where the boundaries of self censorship are blurred, do you feel comfortable expressing your opinions without fear of reprisal?


  • Jackie Kay announced as a contributor for No Boundaries 2015

    Jackie Kay - credit Mary McCartney - cleared for free UK use

    Having announced a number of new contributors ( we are really pleased to announce that Jackie Kay will also be speaking at this years conference.  Jackie is an award-winning writer of fiction, poetry and plays. Read more about her here and here.