Asif Kapadia, winner of The Arts Foundation Fellowship in Film Directing way back in 2001 when he had just completed his first feature 'The Warrior', has received the biggest accolade for his work winning best documentary for 'Amy' at the Oscars this week. The film, which has won a series of awards around the world is the UK's highest grossing non-fiction film to date. Our congratulations to him pictured here with producer James Gay-Rees after their win for “Amy.”
A British theme runs through the programme of events with pieces by six composers representing the variety of music associated with these isles. On Saturday 19th March the orchestra, conducted by Philip Gibson, will present a concert of English music including works by William Boyce, Gustav Holst and John Ireland. Tickets £8 (£6.50 concs, children free) from 0208 882 0351. More information about the orchestra at www.winchmorestrings.co.uk. The orchestra has generously named the Arts Foundation as their charity recipient from proceeds of the concert. The concert will be at Winchmore Hill Methodist Church, Green Lanes N13 4EP.
The Spectator gives positive rating for painting fellow Andrew Cranston who has a solo show at the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh. On until the 26th March the full review can be read here: http://www.spectator.co.uk/2016/02/part-bijou-kiefer-part-woozy-vuillard...
In 1998 Sarah Kane won the Arts Foundation Award for Playwriting. Starting in February this year the National Theatre are staging ‘Cleansed’ (performances until May 5). In may a new opera of '4.48 Psychosis' will be the first musical adaptation of one of her plays at the Lyric Hammersmith, London. 'Phaedra(s)' from Théâtre de L’Odéon, Paris, starring Isabelle Huppert and drawing on Phaedra’s Love, will have its British premiere at London's Barbican from June 9 to the 18th . Remembered by her nominator at the time, Vicky Featherstone, she says, “she was incredibly funny and loyal...she ran amazing workshops. She was so ambitious for the writers we worked with. Somebody would write something and she would look them in the eye and say, ‘You know that’s not good enough’.” Full preview at http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/4dea1308-cf46-11e5-831d-09f7778e7377.html
Tilted Axis' official launch party is happening on 11th April at the Free Word Centre. There will be flash readings from authors and translators, music and prizes, plus opportunities to meet the team and get involved. Tickets are available here: https://www.freewordcentre.com/events/detail/tap-launch.
The not-for-profit company aims to 'shake up contemporary world literature with books that are stylistically and/or politically radical, translated from Asian languages'. After a successful bid for start-up funding from the Arts Council last year, Smith hired digital producer Simon Collinson, publicist Sarah Shin and art director Soraya Gilanni. Their first book, Panty by Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay, will be published in June in Arunava Sinha's translation – a darkly surreal, stylistically daring Bengali novella which has already garnered comparisons with Elena Ferrante. This will be followed in September by the award-winning debut novel from Hwang Jung-eun, one of South Korea's bright young literary stars – All Our Shadows, which will be translated by Jung Yewon, follows the awkward, tentative relationship between two young people in a Seoul slum, and combines hard-edged social criticism with oblique fantasy and offbeat dialogue. Finally for 2016, Tilted Axis publishes a feminist, environmentalist, anti-colonialist narrative poem by Indonesian disability activist Khairani Barokka – the team will be fundraising to produce an edition including a Braille translation and 'tactile' artwork, to be distributed free to schools and libraries. Further titles from Thai, Uzbek and Japanese are forthcoming in 2017.