What's it all about?
Founded in 2009 by Isabel White, Alarms and Excursions is a collective of cultural practitioners, specialising in multi-disciplinary practice and performance. Our work ranges across a number of art forms – performed, spoken and written word, music, dance, visual art and design, installations and events. We welcome new collaborations with artists working in art forms that are not currently in our portfolio.
We have been asked many times "Why Alarms and Excursions?" so we thought we had better explain ourselves. 'Excursions' take you on a journey and 'Alarms' shake you up a bit, so we shake you up a bit and take you on a journey - simples!
“Isabel is a marvellous poet and creative leader who uses words, song and dance to provide the public unexpected reflections of the everyday.”
(Steve Tasane - Faber published poet and author)
"One of the seven wonders of poetry"
Paul McGrane, Poetry Society
We are committed to envisioning and creating work of the highest quality, and this is reflected both in our work, and that of all our collaborators. Pushing boundaries and seeking new ways to reimagine old forms, we aren't afraid of a challenge, in fact you might say we relish them! At the heart of our practice we seek to break down the barriers between page and performance, between high and low art and between artforms, speaking up for the oppressed, challenging otherness, whilst doing good and having fun. If we could also make some money, that would be a bonus, but not at the expense of our core values.
Over the last 10 years, Alarms have created an exciting portfolio of events and happenings. Our best known work can be found on the 'Provocations' page of our website - original pieces which we create each year. You can find out more about our work in Poetry, Provocations and Elsewhere throughout this site.