Led by one of the original founder members, David Wheeler, IOU has excited and delighted diverse audiences all over Europe. IOU’s work is created by teams drawn from an international pool of professional artists, makers, performers, poets, musicians and technicians who have a range of experience working with the company - from founder members, new collaborators to recent graduates. Executive Director Joanne Wain, a highly experienced Producer and Arts Manager joined the company in 2014.
IOU is a producing organisation with nearly 40 years’ experience making live shows and contemporary art installations that combine many art forms together with new and innovative technology. All aspects of the work are originated by the company and devised for unusual indoor and outdoor locations as well as established touring venues and galleries.
We support the development of independent artists’ creative practice and offer opportunities to emerging artists (regionally and nationally) across a range of disciplines to develop their ideas, creative and professional skills. We also deliver a learning and participation programme to the local community, schools and families.
From 2015, IOU’s 10 year vision and business plan will focus on developing new audiences and becoming a more sustainable and accessible artists’ creation space and learning centre. We aim to become an appealing place to visit; to study; to develop professionally and above all become a cultural beacon within Halifax.
IOU has successfully secured major funding from the Arts Council of England and principal sponsors to develop our existing studio, exhibition and administrative base to a single, accessible, creation space within Dean Clough Mills, Halifax.
IOU’s proposed new creation space will include a studio suitable for producing large scale work, 3 flexible exhibition galleries for public access, and a new Learning and Participation Centre for audiences to engage with us on a deeper level. All these spaces will function as a base for the development of an IOU Art School (from 2018 onwards) and will house an accessible, historically important archive of IOU’s 40 year legacy of work.
IOU: registered charity no.273527: registered company no.1303657.