Get Involved

Here at Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) we love art in all its forms – theatre, music, dance, visual art and all things in between. We are an open access arts festival so everyone is welcome to jump on board! Whether you’re a professional or visiting artist, arts organisation, a fringe veteran or a first timer who wants to try a new idea, get involved in our annual arts extravaganza!

We’re also looking for venues indoors and outdoors, pop-up and permanent to open up spaces for arts activities, working with artists and attracting new audiences.

Wandsworth community groups and schools can also take part, either as venues, or as activity hosts and organisers. Get in touch with us for more information.

Photos of people taking part in Wandsworth Arts Fringe

Why Take Part?

WAF is a fabulous opportunity to test new ideas, showcase your talent to the local community, attract new audiences and open up new arts spaces.

You’ll also benefit from lots of support from us and other creatives.

We support you with networking opportunities, professional development sessions; online toolkits and guidance; 1-1 clinics for fundraising and other advice; in addition to the comprehensive publicity and promotion campaign of the Fringe platform as a whole.

Phots of various WAF events taking place

How To Take Part

WAF is an open access arts festival. Anyone can get involved. Here's how...

1) Express your interest in taking part. Filling out an Expression of Interest form is a non-commital way of telling us your plans and letting us know if you need any help or advice. You can do this until Monday 31 December 2018.  

2) Find and secure a venue.

Securing the right venue is one of the most important decisions you will make. Download our Venue Information Pack for some helpful tips about this process.

Venue Information Pack

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.

3) Register your event. In order to take part in the festival, you will need to pay a registration fee. The registration fee pays for your listing on our website and in the WAF 2019 printed programme.

Registrations are open between Monday 3 December 2018 and Friday 1 February 2019. You must have completed your listing text and uploaded your listing images by this time. Please note we have an early bird offer of £5 off registrations completed by midday Friday 20 December 2018.

Sign up to the mailing list at the bottom of the page as soon as possible to stay in touch with key dates and information.

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

Using outdoor spaces

If you would like to use a park or green space you will need permission from Enable Event Management and may also need a Temporary Event Notice from Wandsworth Council.

You will need to email us at arts@enablelc.org in good time so that we can guide you through this process. 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.

More Important Information

Funding

Small grants of up to £2,000 are available to support the realisation of your artistic ideas. Click here to visit our Grants page to learn more about the WAF Grant Fund, including information about the assessment criteria and dates of surgeries to discuss your application.

Click below to download information on other funding opportunities.

Alternative funding Word

Alternative funding PDF

Networking, support and guidance

A series of networking and development sessions will be held at different venues around the borough 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 and venues 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!

Click here for more information.

In addition we 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 and fee

In order to take part in the festival, you will need to pay a registration fee of £45. Register before midday Friday 20 December 2018 for a £5 early bird discount.

This registration fee pays for one event listing on our website and in the WAF 2019 printed programme.

Registrations are open between Monday 3 December 2018 and Friday 1 February 2019. You must have completed your listing text and uploaded your listing images by this time.

Before you can register you will need to create an account (you will find the link on the top right side of the website). Payment is made using Paypal. You will receive a receipt for your payment shortly after completion of registration.

Registration and payment deadline is midnight Friday 1 February 2019

Your listing

To complete your listing, you must upload the following information:

  • Event title
  • Performer/artist name
  • Venue (please make sure your venue is confirmed before completing your listing)
  • Dates and times of your event
  • Printed programme event description
  • Website listing event description
  • One high res image for the printed programme
  • Up to four website images

You must complete your listing before registration closes at midnight on Friday 1 February 2019.

The programme word count is limited, so keep your event description concise, informative and engaging. There is more room on your website listing to include more information about your event.

Keep in mind that after the registration deadline, you will not have further opportunity to make changes to the information that will appear in print. However, you will be able to update your website event listing.

LISTING Images

Printed programme listing images
We need one high res image for your event listing in our printed programme. Your image must be the correct dimensions or it will be rejected. You can only upload .jpeg or .png files.

Your image needs to work on a small scale, so make sure there is no text on the image. A picture says a thousand words, so make sure the image is engaging and reflects the content of your event.

Images dimensions for the printed programme are: 680pixels wide x 514 pixels deep.

Website listing images
You can have up to four images for your event listing on the WAF website.

Your image must be the correct dimensions or it will be rejected. You can only upload .jpeg or .png files.

Image dimensions for the wesite are 500pixels wide x 500 pixels deep.

More Important Information

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment

The registration payment must be received before listings can be included either in the printed programme or on the wandsworthartsfringe.com website.

A registration refund can be given until Friday 1 February 2019. No refunds can be given after this date. We will not offer refunds for listings with incorrect information.

Content

WAF reserves the right to exclude any event which may be considered offensive or risk legal action being brought.

WAF reserves the right to correct spelling and grammar and to edit event descriptions to fit the style guide.

Images should be of a high quality. Where images are not of a high enough quality, Enable will use a default image. See our section on images for more information.

Tickets

WAF requests that two complimentary tickets are made available for all events.

Licenses and Insurances

If you are performing outside you will need a Temporary Event Notice and to liaise with Enable Events team. You will need to email us at arts@enablelc.org in good time so that we can guide you through this process.

You must make an application for a Temporary Event Notice for my event, where relevant.

You must secure public liability insurance for £5 million for your event.

You must undertake a risk assessment for my event

You must have a safeguarding children and vulnerable adults policy in place and have complied with Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure Barring Services requirements, where relevant to your activities.

You will contact the Performing Rights Society and will comply with their requirements regarding the use of live and recorded music at your event, where relevant to your activities.