Steven Camden, Elizabeth Clark, Rosie Heafford and Greg Sinclair shortlisted for the 2016 Arts Foundation Children’s Theatre Award.
The £10,000 award, which encouraged nominations from established practitioners, producers and directors, is supported by the Lionel Bart Foundation. The shortlist, selected by critic Lyn Gardner, Fevered Sleep’s David Harradine, and Southbank’s Jude Kelly CBE, looked at a wide spectrum of UK based talent working in Children’s Theatre from writers, adapters, designers and/or devisors. The Award is not a commission but to be used to pay for living and working expenses, affording the chosen artist some breathing space in order to nurture their own development within the art form.
Children’s Theatre was chosen by the Arts Foundation to give recognition to the artform. As judge David Harradine explains, ‘I know how hard it can be to be an artist with ambition and a strong commitment to young audiences, and how frustrating that, still, work for children is not as celebrated, well funded, or critically acclaimed as it should be. Spanning disciplines, the shortlist all share a vision of a world in which artists aspire to make their best work, their most innovative work, and their bravest work, when they’re making work for children. That the Arts Foundation might help make such a dreamed-of world a reality is simply brilliant’.
Looking at the shortlist it is notable that the diverse range of artists have brought well established skills to their current practice. Dancer and choreographer Liz Clark is artistic director of ‘Turned on its Head’, a company that is widely acknowledged to be pushing the boundaries of participatory dance theatre performance for children under five and their families, with inclusivity at its heart; Spoken word artist, Steven Camden’s (aka Polarbear) highly acclaimed and exuberant, fast-paced, ‘Mouth Open, Story Jump Out’ show has taken his story telling from Britain’s schools to the international stage; Self-proclaimed performance maker and choreographer Rosie Heafford makes highly visual, socially engaged and subtly participatory work for children, often designed to adapt to a variety of spaces, from the theatre-based, intergenerational ‘Dad Dancing’, to the multi-sensory and surprisingly active library performance of ‘Humpty Dumpty’; Greg Sinclair is a musician and live artist, beginning with a musical idea and then working with children as his collaborators. After extensive research in primary schools, he took ‘Ditto’, a music-based performance to the theatre, a show that allowed and encouraged children’s reflection and response to a musical journey.
David Harrison’s third solo show at Victoria Miro is set to open on the 14th November. Running until the 18th December Flowers of Evil comprises of a selection of new work presenting a densely populated and fully realised universe, where the supernatural pull of the natural world is intertwined with a keen sense of modern civilisation’s insensitivities. For more information go to http://www.victoria-miro.com/exhibitions/484/
Permindar Kaur in Permindar will work within the Sculpture Studios alongside UH students to develop a series of new sculptural works for an ambitious solo exhibition in the Art & Design Gallery 18 March – 7 May 2015. A blog will run alongside the residency by Barbara Brownie lecturer in Visual Communication. https://uhartsresident.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/permindar-kaur/
Artists Henry Coleman, Ruth Ewan, Bobby Niven and Aaron Williamson have been shortlisted for the 2016 Arts Foundation Award: Art in Urban Space
The four artists have been shortlisted for the £10,000 award, supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate. They were selected from a longlist of UK based artists nominated by experienced artists, academics and curators. The judging panel comprised of artist Jeremy Deller, Michaela Crimmin, curator and co-founder/director of Culture and Conflict and Sally Tallant, director of Liverpool Biennial.
The shortlist demonstrates both an eclectic and visionary interpretation of the category with all of the artists having worked extensively in the public domain. Recent works include: Bobby Niven’s ‘Bothy Project’ whereby he has created perfectly realised spaces for other artists to work and live in; Aaron Williamson’s anarchic performance art often displays a politicised and progressive sensibility towards disability and is typically presented to an unsuspecting public as with his current ‘Demonstrating the World’ mobile stage set; Ruth Ewan explores how the past connects to the present, with her recent creation of the French Republican Calendar allowing a beautifully constructed reframing of our daily lives; Henry Coleman pushes the boundaries and subverts the norm by creating very public, sculptural artworks in the heart of the city, including the 2015 Royal Academy installation ‘A Greater Order’, that both question and confound.
‘Art in Urban Space’, is part of a series of awards from the Arts Foundation that opened with ‘Art in the Elements’ in 2015. The 2016 fellowship considers artists creating objects, installations or interventions which enrich the texture and visual experience of our urban spaces. 2017 will explore artists working with ‘Art in Architecture’.
The £10,000 award is not a commission but to be used to pay for living and working expenses, allowing the artist, who has to show a track record in the art form, breathing space in order to further their practice. Over the past 23 years the Foundation has given over £1.6m to support artists from all areas of the arts. Previous fine art recipients include Lynette Yiadom-Boake, Hannah Starkey, Simon Fujiwara, David Harrison and Alex Hartley.
The recipient of the award will be announced on the Thursday 28th January in London at the Arts Foundation Awards 2016 when £78,000 of awards will be announced across the Arts. Other categories for 2016: Children’s Theatre, Materials Innovation, Literary Translation, Producers of Live Music and Jewellery Design.
Now in its 20th Year the BAA has put a callout for entries - deadline 30th November. New categories include Best New Director:Commercials and Best Sound so if you think you have a chance get filling in that form - you can download it at : http://www.britishanimationawards.com/BAA%202016/BAA16_EntryForm.pdf