Arts & Parts is a company headed up by creative producer and arts consultant Martel Ollerenshaw.

Designed to be a flexible vehicle to create and produce performing arts projects of all kinds, with a particular emphasis on music and interdisciplinary work, it works in collaboration with individuals and organisations to realise shared aspirations.

In 2019 – 2020, Arts & Parts is producing a new project called Sound Out.

Sound Out is a professional development & mentoring platform for creative musicians who challenge normal categorisation.

In 2019-2020, the pilot edition of Sound Out will involve European and Australian partners and is designed to enable ambitious creative musicians (composer/performer/devisors) working in jazz, electronica, improvised and art music, to: exercise their imaginations to plan new projects; explore the sector; establish mature working relationships with other artists as well as international producers, programmers and presenters of live music; and to present that work in international contexts.  It will demonstrate and encourage strategic thinking so that artistic imaginations and creative ideas can be realised in order to make a significant, international impact on their careers.

The musicians who have been chosen to participate in Sound Out are leaders in their respective genres and are capable of conceiving larger-scale projects including works that are interdisciplinary or do not conform to any genre. In 2019-2020, the participating musicians are:

The cornerstone of Sound Out is a multi-disciplinary residency in Sokołowsko (Poland) in August 2019, followed by ongoing mentoring from experienced operators in the sector, and will result in a series of new creative projects that will be produced and performed in Europe and Australia in 2020.

Sound Out is an initiative of the Europe Jazz Network under the Artistic Exchange Platform.  Sound Out is possible because of the contributing partners: Pro Helvetia (Switzerland), Buma Cultuur (The Netherlands), Australian Art Orchestra, Jazz from Scotland, Creative Scotland, the National Forum of Music/Jazztopad (Poland), and is organised in co-operation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence. It is also financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2022.

For more information, please contact, Martel Ollerenshaw, martel@artsandparts.co.uk