Get involved

Here at Wandsworth Arts Fringe we love art in all its forms... theatre, music, dance, visual art, and all things in between!

Whether you’re a professional artist, arts organisation, school or community group, a fringe veteran or a first timer who wants to try a new idea, get involved in our annual arts extravaganza.

Photos of people taking part in Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Why Take Part?

WAF is a fabulous opportunity to test new ideas, showcase your talent, attract new audiences, and open up arts spaces. You’ll also benefit from lots of support from us and other creatives. 

We support you with:  

Phots of various WAF events taking place

How To Take Part

WAF is an open access arts festival taking place for two weeks throughout the borough of Wandsworth. Anyone can get involved.  Here's how... 

1) Express your interest in taking part

Filling out an Expression of Interest form is a non-committal way of telling us your plans and letting us know if you need any help or advice. 

2) Find and secure a venue, or decide on a digital platform.

3) Register your event 

Sign up to the WAF mailing list at the bottom of this page to hear about key dates and information. 

KEY DATES:

  • Registrations open: Mon 24 January 2022
  • Expressions of interest close: Sun 30 January 2022
  • Early bird deadline: Mon 7 February 2022
  • Registrations close: Fri 25 February 2022, 5pm

FIND A VENUE

We are open to live projects in venues, parks, community estates and the high street (subject to Government restrictions), as well as digital projects as part of WAF In Your Living Room. 

Securing the right venue or digital platform is one of the most important decisions you will make. Have a look at our Venue Directory to get an idea of the venues available in Wandsworth for the festival. You will need to confirm a date and time directly with the venue. 

BECOME A VENUE

If you are a venue in Wandsworth and are interested in hosting events and activities as part of WAF or are keen to find out more about being a hub venue, then get in touch with cath.mattos@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

As a venue manager in Wandsworth you can create, claim and edit a venue in our WAF Venue Directory.

You will need to:

  1. Create an Account through My Fringe
  2. Claim your Venue from the existing drop down list or add a new venue
  3. Update all the details on the venue form for your spaces.
  4. If you would like to go back in and edit any details after claiming your venue you will then find it all in your My Fringe account. 
Using Outdoor Spaces

If you would like to use a park or green space you will need to email Lelia.Greci@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk in the first instance so we can guide you through the process of getting permission from Enable Event Management or Wandsworth Housing Department, depending on which site you are hoping to use. 

Make sure to tell us what park or green space you want to use as well as the size and nature of your event. Please note that charges normally apply.

You may also need a Temporary Event Notice from Wandsworth Council.  

BECOME A VENUE

If you are a venue in Wandsworth and are interested in hosting events and activities as part of WAF or are keen to find out more about being a hub venue, then get in touch with cath.mattos@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

As a venue manager in Wandsworth you can create, claim and edit a venue in our WAF Venue Directory.

You will need to:

  1. Create an Account through My Fringe
  2. Claim your Venue from the existing drop down list or add a new venue
  3. Update all the details on the venue form for your spaces.
  4. If you would like to go back in and edit any details after claiming your venue you will then find it all in your My Fringe account. 

Photos of WAF events taking place in outside areas such as parks

FUNDING

Each year, the WAF Grant scheme awards up to £2000 to artists, to support the realisation of your artistic ideas.  

The WAF Grants are open now until Tue 4 Jan 2022.

Visit our WAF Grants page for more information

If you are interested in applying for a WAF Grant in 2022 and would like to know more, contact Lelia Greci: 

Lelia.Greci@richmondandwandsworth.gov.uk

NETWORKING, SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE

We hold a series of information and development sessions in the lead up to the registration deadline and festival dates. These are for you to meet the WAF team as well as to make new connections with other participants so that you can share ideas, resources and publicity, and get the most out of taking part. 

If you are thinking about getting involved or have an idea that you may want to develop then we would love to meet you, so come along! 

Dates and times of WAF Creatives Sessions will be published here

We also offer online toolkits and guidance, and a 1-1 clinic session for more specific advice on realising your ideas and fundraising, including making an application to our grant scheme.

REGISTRATION

Before you can register you will need to create an account. You will need to pay a registration fee.

We’re changing the way we charge registration fees for 2022 to better reflect the evolving nature of the festival.

There will now be 4 types of registration:

- Single-venue Live (in-person) events £45 (early bird £35)

- Multi-venue Live (in-person) events £75 (early bird £60) – up to 10 venues possible

- Digital and Do-It-At-Home events £40 (early bird £30)

(All prices are inclusive of VAT.)

If your project is multi-faceted, for instance including a workshop, a live event, an exhibition and a film, please get in touch with WAF Producer Cath Mattos who will advise you on the best way to register those various events as part of the same project in a cost-effective way.

50% off for artists under 26 or for artist collectives with over half of their members aged under 26. 

Wandsworth Council led events should contact Programme & Partnerships Manager Lelia Greci about their event for support with the registration process. 

Registrations open from Mon 10 January - Fri 25 February 2022, 5pm. Early bird fees are valid until 7th February 2022 at 10am.

You must complete your listing text and upload your images to complete registration.

Your listing

To complete your listing, you must upload the following information through your My Fringe account:

  • Event title
  • Performer/artist name
  • Venue (please make sure your venue is confirmed before completing your listing)
  • Dates and times of your event
  • Short description of your event
  • At least one high quality* image 
  • Up to four website quality* images

You must complete your listing before registration closes.

Please Note: Due to environmental considerations we are no longer producing a full print brochure.

LISTING IMAGES 

A picture says a thousand words, so make sure your image choices are engaging and reflect the content of your event. Your images must be the correct specifications below or they will be rejected. 

Guidelines for all images: 

  • JPEG or PNG file 
  • No text or logos 
  • Must work on a small scale (imagine looking at it on a mobile phone - please avoid composite images where possible) 
  • No larger than 3 MB 
  • Use file name format: title_artist.jpg 

*Hi Res - Please supply at leastone high res image (minimum 1MB). These should be 680 pixels wide x 514 pixels deep (landscape format) and display at 300 dpi.

*Web - You can also supply up to four web quality images for your event listing on the WAF website: these should be 500 pixels x 500 pixels deep (square format) and display at 72dpi.

Publicising your event: What we do

We offer a range of support to help you realise your Wandsworth Arts Fringe event and engage audiences and participants, including:

  • Promote your listing on wandsworthartsfringe.com
  • Promote the Fringe as a whole with a comprehensive marketing campaign
  • Provide a marketing and press toolkit  for you to market your own event
  • Host a festival launch event

PUBLICISING YOUR EVENT: WHAT YOU DO

  • Market your event. Being on the website alone does not guarantee an audience. Make sure to factor marketing into your budget.
  • Include the WAF logo on your material – you can download it here.
  • Make your venue work for you. You are responsible for your relationship with your venue. Get it to display your publicity and support your social media activity, and ask what other marketing support they can offer. Suggest special festival discounts or 2-4-1 offers that you can both publicise to generate audience interest.
  • Get involved with the WAF community. Like all good things, the more you put in, the more you get out. Attend networking sessions, cross publicise with other events, make links, share ideas – this is your Fringe and its success works on a basis of mutual benefit.
  • Get involved with action on social media – support each other with likes and re-posts and cross-pollinate your audiences.