KP Projects creates unique outdoor arts performances, installations & community engagement projects for the widest audiences. Our work focuses around the environment, sustainability & healthy living, with projects exploring cycling, recycling, awareness of local environments, digital storytelling & new technologies in public spaces.
We work with a range of partners & collaborators to create high impact projects across these areas & agendas, creating memorable experiences to change the way people think/feel, help encourage behaviour changes & sustainability.
KP Projects is led by Artistic Director/Creative Producer Karen Poley, who has created & produced outdoor arts festivals, events, performances & community engagement projects of all scales & in many contexts over the last 25 years. She brings the core tenets of outdoor arts to all areas of KP’s work – the lack of barriers, engaging people in new ways & everyday places, transforming perceptions of local areas & their widespread appeal – creating genuinely enriching possibilities.
Current projects include:
The Living Coast Undersea Experience (TLCUE) an interactive virtual reality & 360 film allowing users to explore the underwater world of Beachy Head West & East Marine Conservation Zones along the Sussex coast, without getting wet. Read a short blog HERE Future developments include a training & work experience programme, region-wide touring & lesson plan development across Years 1-7.
The Bicycle Ballet Company contemporary outdoor, performance exploring issues & ideas about bicycles, cycling & other forms of active travel. Performances fuse dance & physical theatre with visual spectacle, comedy & striking soundtracks. The company has created seven productions, with three currently touring:
- The Cilia Dance -a co-created movement conversation about how local people move around their towns & cities; a playful, fun, collaborative & empathic exchange & invitation to dance in each others’ shoes
- Blazing Saddles – a visual narrative evolving from a contemporary choreography celebrating women, cycling & fashion, which aims to be part of the drive to encourage more women to ride bicycles. This show has evolved a major heritage project across Worthing, Brighton & Hove, Newhaven & Bexhill, Sussex Blazing Saddles
- Strictly Cycling – a roving, visual performance, inspired by flash mobs & Dadaism, everyday cycling & the great British weather
- Watch a short film made to celebrate the company’s 15th anniversary in September 2021
The Great Pebble Dash an outdoor game to get people walking, seeing & experiencing their towns & cities in a completely new way
Works in progress
During 2020 & 2021, KP used Cultural Recovery Funding to start developing several new ideas & run initial three, three day research & developments (working titles) Story of a Bike, Just a Journey & The Golden Bike. Watch this space for more news soon….
More information on KP’s projects at this link