• 04-01-2016
  • Asif Kapadia's Amy up for three awards at London Critics' Circle Film Awards

  • Asif Kapadia's 'Amy' was nominated for Film, Documentary and British Film at this years' Awards announced by rising star Florence Pugh, who was nominated herself as Young British Performer for her work in Carol Morley's drama 'The Falling'. Work by another AF fellow Rufus Norris is also in the running, this time for Best British Film of the Year for 'London Road'. The Awards, which are voted on by 140 members of The Critics' Circle Film Section, will be announced at a gala ceremony on Sunday 17th January at The May Fair Hotel.

  • 17-12-2015
  • Creative Music Producers into the spotlight with Arts Foundation Award

  • Congratulations to Laura Ducceshi, Suzy Glass, John Stevens and Kate Whitley, four exciting Producers of Live Music shortlisted for a £10,000 Arts Foundation Award supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

    Dreaming up music productions in multi-storey car parks, harbours and cinemas; from classical, contemporary to electronic; always visually and sonically inspired, the power of the creative producer of live music can never be underestimated. In times where music and technology can both collide and collaborate from the smallest stage to an epic outside space, the four shortlisted artists demonstrate the huge diversity and potential of this artform.

    The judges were Jane Beese, Head of Music at London’s Roundhouse, composer, producer, DJ and founder of NonClassical record label and club night Gabriel Prokofiev and Vanessa Reed, Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation who chose the shortlist from a longlist of nominees put forward by musicians, producers and other practitioners in music. The shortlist approach their work in different ways, yet all accomplish the creation of vital and eclectic delivery in their chosen speciality. Their task, to help interpret and present artists work requires complex and meaningful collaboration. As judge Jane Beese commented ‘We were really looking for an individual with a proven track record of creating new and challenging projects which ask important questions and push the borders of the current live music scene. The relationship between the creative producer and the artists is particularly important to the authenticity of this role and the quality of the end iteration of these projects.’

    Laura Ducceschi 's production credits include the initiation of mini-festivals such as ‘Wordsmith’ and an annual week-long festival called ‘earsthetic – art amplified’ a programme of projects that have both a visual and sonic perspective. Glasgow-based Suzy Glass is known for her sited productions, including her most recent project Hanna Tuulikki’s, Away with the Birds. which performed in a natural harbour on the Isle of Canna. Bristol-based John Stevens is an independent live music producer based in Bristol. He recently co-worked on a project called The Peace Garden (2015) a tour of yoga and deep listening performance workshops conducted by American ambient music pioneer Laraaji. Finally, producer, composer and classically trained pianist, Kate Whitley is best known for her epic music events at a disused multi-storey car park in Peckham, with the intention to bring classical music to an unconventional audience in unorthodox surroundings. More info on them below.

    The winner of the £10,000 fellowship will be announced on the 28th January at the Arts Foundation Awards 2016 when a total of six awards will be announced across the Arts. Runners up will each receive £1,000.

  • 15-12-2015
  • Shortlist just announced for 2016 Arts Foundation Materials Innovation award

  • Rachel Freire, Carmen Hijosa, Laura Morgan and Silo Studios shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Materials Innovation Award supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation. From pineapple leaf 'leather' and textile-moulded glass, to E-gloves and laser-enhanced wool, the expressions of craft, material and technology put forward this year have formed an outstanding shortlist for this £10,000 Award..

    The four were chosen from a longlist of artists, makers and designers working in this field by judges Joao Wilbertword, Lead Creative Technologist at Google Creative Labs; Dr Richard Johnston, Senior Lecturer in the Materials Research Centre, Swansea University; Scarlet Oliver, Designer and Representative from The Clothworkers' Foundation and Kay Politowicz, Professor Emeritus of Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art who was impressed both by the contemporary issues raised about materiality and their concern for social engagement in their material-led innovation.

    Rachel Freire’s Open Source work on the development of interactive musical gloves – a project she worked on initially with Imogen Heap (pictured above) – brought her to the attention of the judges as did Carmen Hijosa’s new material ‘Pinatex’, a natural, sustainable non-woven textile made from the waste of the pineapple harvest. Is this the new replacement for leather that we’ve been waiting for? Laura Morgan’s clever advances using laser technology on textiles are meanwhile proving essential in reducing dye and water consumption needed in their treatment, while the team at Silo Studios have used textile moulds to create a stronger and more durable polystyrene, bringing craft and technology together and questioning what ‘materiality’ really is. For bios on all artists go to http://www.artsfoundation.co.uk/winners-and-shortlist/2016.

    The award supported by The Clothworkers’ Foundation was set up to identify where the current shoots of enterprise are coming from in the UK, reflecting and encouraging new ways of thinking. It accepts nominations from artists, designers and makers who are involved in materials innovation at any stage of the lifecycle. 2016 marks the third year of this important award – with Julia Lohmann (2014) http://www.julialohmann.co.uk and Sarat Babu (2015) http://www.sarat.co being previous recipients.