Read Lyn Gardners' spot in the Guardian re the need for more funding for Artists and the Arts Foundation Awards.http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2016/jan/29/artists-arts-foundation-awards-greg-sinclair-childrens-theatre
Guest of Honour Sebastian Faulks opened the envelopes last night at 20th Century Theatre, London, to announce six new recipients of the 2016 Awards. Winners were Deborah Smith (Literary Translation, pictured on right with runners up Ruth, Sophie, Rosalind from left), Vann Kwok (Jewellery Design), Carmen Hijosa (Materials Innovation), Ruth Ewan (Art in Urban Space), Laura Ducceschi (Producers of Live Music) and Gregory Sinclair (Children's Theatre). The fellowships are given to support the creative practice of the artists, giving essential breathing space with no strings attached. Each category was introduced by one member of the judging panels which were specific to each art form, Jude Kelly CBE (Southbank), Simon Andrews (Christies), Joao Wilbert (Google Creative Lab), Michaela Crimmin (Culture + Conflict), Amanda Hopkinson (National Translation Day) and Gabriel Prokofiev (Nonclassical). The runners up didn't leave empty handed either, each receiving cheques of £1,000. For full details of the artists go to http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/winners-and-shortlist/2016
The Chemical Brothers’ latest music video for their track, “Wide Open (feat. Beck),” was choreographed by Wayne McGregor. See it here https://youtu.be/BC2dRkm8ATU.
The London Short Film Festival is nearly here with a feast of films and special events to please nearly everyone! Shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Fellowship in Jewellery Design Vann Kwok prefers her work to be displayed out of the cabinet and taken into the world of moving image, allowing it to interact with the body movement, sound, lighting, rhythm and time. Made by Anafelle Liu the film 'Out of Flux' depicts a surrealist encounter with the jewellery of Vann Kwok; a living sculpture traversed through glimpses of absurdity. For more information go to http://shortfilms.org.uk/events/2016-01-13-new-shorts-music-video
The festival runs from the 8th to the 17th Jan. Book your tickets here : bit.ly/LSFF2016Industry
The Director and Trustees of the Arts Foundation would like to offer their congratulations to the Chairman of the Arts Foundation, William Sieghart, for being recognised in the New Year’s Honours. William was honoured as a Commander in the British Empire (CBE) for his services to public libraries. The award was made following his chairing of two reviews into public libraries, the most recent of which took place in December 2014: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-library-report-fo... .