Composition fellow David Sawer will be performing at the Proms on the 20th August at the Roundhouse, The Proms' industrial answer to the Royal Albert Hall. with a programme which takes its lead from Ligeti’s iconic Ramifications. This embracing score, for two groups of spatially positioned strings, is heard alongside music by one of Ligeti’s natural musical heirs, Georg Friedrich Haas, and other new pieces concerned with physical space. The concert culminates in a major work from David Sawer that reflects the energy and physicality of dance.Read his interview in the Guardian online at https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/aug/15/facing-the-music-composer-...
Michael Simpson scooped the prestigious John Moores painting prize for a piece of work which artist Ansel Krut called a “wonderfully understated, conceptually elegant work” recalling the church interiors painted by the 17th-century Dutch artist Pieter Saenredam. Simpson won an Arts Foundation fellowship for painting back in 2000 while working on his series of Bench paintings. This year he won for a painting called Leper Squint 19, depicting a ladder underneath a “leper squint” – a medieval church window that allowed people with leprosy, and other “undesirables”, a chance to watch sermons below. Ansel goes on to say, “The painting uses an almost minimal vocabulary to open up a world of great sympathetic imagination. It touches on the nature of silence, on distance and on exclusion. But most importantly, it touches on the privileges of looking.” Well done Michael.
A total of £78,000 will be given to artists working in art forms announced today. The Foundation supports talent across the arts with the 2017 awards being no exception, covering film, design, new technology, performance and literature. The categories are;
Jazz Composition (supported by PRS for Music Foundation),
Live Art (supported by the Yoma Sasburg Foundation),
Materials Innovation (supported by the Clothworkers' Foundation) and lastly
Furniture Design, a new award supported by the David Collins Foundation which will be supporting an annual arts award in memory of architect and interior designer, the late David Collins.
For the past 24 years the Arts Foundation has given financial assistance to talented, emerging artists at a time in their careers when they have shown commitment to, and reached some professional standing in their art form. At this critical stage, a period of relative security in order to explore new avenues or consolidate existing work is often crucial. Applicants, who are nominated by experts and practitioners in the field, are awarded on the basis of both talent and need. Fellows of the Arts Foundation include Rufus Norris, Wayne McGregor, Michel Faber, Lynette Yiadom Boake, Brothers Quay, Carol Morley, Ali Smith, Alice Oswald, Ken Eastman, Nick Collon, Susan Gritton and many more.
Runner up for the Materials Innovation award Rita Parninsky launches her first solo exhibition Weaving with Light welcoming visitors to an installation of The Forest of Architectural Monofilament.
Earlier this year, she won the prestigious Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon Prize 2016 which included a solo exhibition of work presented by Perrier-Jouët Champagne. For this occasion, she made two new large-scale pieces to premier alongside works created since 2009. Working closely with curator Julia Royse she displayed sixteen pieces including photograms and hand-woven textiles of X-Ray Series.
The exhibition runs until 30th July at Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery 89 Southwark Street London SE1 0HX (behind new Tate Modern); Monday - Saturday 10-6
The Arts Foundation have announced that Furniture Design will be the first award made possible by a Foundation set up in 2016 to honour the legacy of late architect and interior designer David Collins.
‘Furniture Design is a fundamental part of how we define the spaces we live and work in. It was an area that David was very passionate about. Inspiration was found far and wide from auctions, to flea markets and exhibitions. We are delighted to embark on the first year of this new relationship’, says Iain Watson, CEO of David Collins Studio, West London.
The Fellowship will be awarded to an emerging talent based in the UK who is chosen from a pool of applicants nominated by experts and judged on the basis of talent, innovation and need. The shortlist will be announced in November.
Director of the Arts Foundation, Shelley Warren adds, 'Furniture Design has been the topic of much debate this year in London highlighting the constantly changing way that it is designed, fabricated, sold and disposed of. With radical changes in the teaching of design and the increasing move towards the ‘multidisciplinary designer’ this award and the designers it will uncover will make for a very interesting award’‘.
By teaming up with the Arts Foundation to administrate the award, The David Collins Foundation will be able to support artists from a range of different disciplines in forthcoming years to celebrate the designers’ love of, and contribution to, the Arts.
About David Collins Studio
Through an inauspicious job of designing an art collector friends’ house in 1985, David’s first break as an interior designer came when chef Pierre Koffmann enlisted him to design London restaurant La Tante Claire. From this and subsequent early commissions, David and business partner Iain Watson set out to bring a new form of thinking to the design industry gradually employing a multidisciplinary team of experts to cover all elements of interior and architectural practice. Over the course of the next 30 years the David Collins Studio has completed countless interior design projects across hotels, restaurants, residential, hospitality and retail projects worldwide including The Connaught Bar, The Wolseley and Alexander McQueen stores.