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 (registrations open 10 January 2022)

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

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. 

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.  

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 applications closed at 10.00am on Friday 8 January 2021. They will reopen for WAF 2022 in Autumn 2021. 

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 Learning 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 of  £45  (or take advantage of our  £30 early bird offer).  Payment is made using Paypal. 

Registrations Open: TBA

Early bird Deadline: TBA

Registrations close: TBA

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 resolution* 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.