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... .
Arts Foundation Fellow, Katrina Lindsay, designed the costumes for NT's musical Wonder.land currently showing until the 30th April 2016 and is interviewed along with designer Rae Smith and projection designer Lysander Ashton about their design journey. http://www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2015/december/designing-wonder-l...
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.
Two events will take place in London to promote Han Kang's new novel, Human Acts, which is already a controversial bestseller and award winner in Korea. This is the second translation by Deborah Smith, shortlisted for the Arts Foundation Literary Translation Fellowship announced on the 28th January. The first event is on the 11th January at the Free Word Centre where Susie Orbach will be in conversation with Han Kang https://www.freewordcentre.com/events/detail/han-kang-human-acts and later will speak at Foyles on the 13th January at 7pm (107 Charing Cross Road), For more info http://www.foyles.co.uk/Public/Events/Detail.aspx?eventId=2724
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.