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BOOK: Savinder Bual releases 9 Notes with PEER

Savinder Bual, Winner of Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 for Animation, publishes 9 Notes; a new artist publication introducing the ideas and approaches that fuel her artistic practice and moving image work.

 

Savinder Bual is fascinated by the mechanics and illusory qualities of cinema and early animation; she says:

“We live in a time where physical things are disappearing. This has drawn me to juxtapose tangible everyday materials with the relative immateriality of video.” 

Savinder imagines herself to be a cinema pioneer, and her work references mechanical inventions from the 18th and 19th centuries. A period of engineering advancement that was inextricably linked to new ways of seeing as a form of colonial control, from navigating the seas to the 24-hour clock replacing the sun as a marker of time. Savinder explores the interplay between the moving and the still, creating work that sits between the pre-cinematic and the digital. 

9 Notes illuminates Savinder’s bewitching work and unique aesthetics, featuring projects such as Fade (2020), which takes the first self-recording tidal gauge, an observation device erected on the Isle of Sheppey in 1830 as its starting point. A water-powered slide projector projects an image of a seascape, which slowly appears to flood. In Javasu (2019) a sea monster weaves and bends through wooden rollers, drawing upon various points in history in which the pineapple and moving panoramas triggered the public’s imagination to wonder what it was like to journey to faraway lands. Punch (2019) and Walk Cycle (2018) see Disney-esque illustrations of fists and shoes animated through automatons, while in Pinjekan (2015) a paper wing flaps as a propellor is set in motion by the momentum of the viewer walking.

Also included in 9 Notes is an essay by Alex Hetherington; The Student Of Hallucinations, The Absent, Moon And The Law Of The Feather, who observes in Savinder’s work that: 

“…the subtlest of change becomes monumental and in doing so encounter, through a sense of wonder, wider universal events and natural phenomenon.”

PRESS INFORMATION

Read the Press Release here.

If you are a writer or journalist and would like a copy of the book please email: info@artsfoundation.co.uk

NEWS: Winning Fellows Announced of the Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 Winning Fellows Announced!

 

The Arts Foundation is delighted to announce the five recipients of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards £10,000 Fellowship for Animation, Materials Innovation, Music for Change, Theatre-Makers and Visual Arts.

Established in 1993, the prestigious annual Arts Foundation Futures Awards have become known as a marker for future artistic leaders across wide-ranging art forms. The five recipients and Fellows are:

Animation: Savinder Bual

Materials Innovation: Elissa Brunato

Music for Change: Love Ssega

Theatre-Makers: Lee Hart

Visual Arts: Libita Sibungu

The awards were presented by category judges: Time-based Media Artist Birgitta Hosea; UCL Professor of Materials & Society and TV and Radio presenter, Mark Miodownik; Folk Singer, Conservationist, and AF Fellow Sam Lee; Artistic Director and CEO of New Art Exchange, Saad Eddine Said; and Visual Artist, Oreet Ashery.

Mary Jane Edwards, Interim Director of The Arts Foundation said, 

“Given the ongoing precarity across the arts and culture sector, The Arts Foundation is really pleased to provide unconditional financial support to artists and creative practitioners at a pivotal moment in their practice. We are greatly encouraged by the ingenuity, generosity, and often challenging, and interdisciplinary focused practices of all the AFFA 2022 Fellows and Finalists. We have no doubt their respective work will have a significant impact, and it is such a privilege to be able to support their artistic development and career trajectories.”

 

PRESS INFORMATION

Read the Press Release here.

For Images, please view the AFFA 2022 Fellows Press Pack here.

 

The AFFA 2022 Finalists included: Animation: Sophie Koko Gate, Mary Stark and Petra Szemán; Materials Innovation: Riccardo Cenedella, Guan Lee and Patrick Morris; Music for Change: Max Barton & Jethro Cooke (Slowstepper), Eliza Shaddad and Hanna Tuulikki; Theatre-Makers: Anna Himali Howard, Helen Monks & Matt Woodhead (LUNG) and Conrad Murray; Visual Arts: Rhea Dillon, Sadé Mica and Shenece Oretha.

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 are supported by: The David Collins Foundation, The Maria Björnson Memorial Fund, PRS Foundation, and The Yoma Sasburg Estate.

EVENT: The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 Online Award Ceremony 

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 Announce Online Award Ceremony!

With a special welcome address from Artist, Jeremy Deller

Watch the AFFA Ceremony here.

The Arts Foundation announced the five recipients of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards £10,000 Fellowship at an online presentation on Wednesday 26 January 2022, 7 PM.

Our 2022 categories were; Animation, Materials Innovation, Music for Change, Theatre-Makers and Visual Arts, with all finalists receiving £1,000 towards their artistic practice. 

Established in 1993, the annual Arts Foundation Futures Awards have become known as a marker for future artistic leaders across wide-ranging art forms. The award presentation will share the extraordinary and varied work of all twenty finalists, selected by expert judging panels, from a long list of nominated artists from across the UK.

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards £10,000 Fellowships was announced by judges: Oreet Ashery, Birgitta Hosea, Sam Lee, Mark Miodownik and Saad Eddine Said at a celebratory online presentation on:

26 January 2022

7.00 –  7.30 PM

Online: artsfoundation.co.uk

With a special welcome address from Artist, Jeremy Deller

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The celebratory online presentation is free and open to all, and audio will be captioned.

Tune in by visiting our website homepage.

Read the Press Release here

For Images, and all the category announcement releases, please view the AFFA Press Pack here.

To find out more about the artists, please visit the AFFA 2022 page.

 

For all enquiries and interviews please contact:

Mary Jane Edwards, Interim Director, The Arts Foundation

info@artsfoundation.co.uk / +44 (0) 7969 029 656

 

Cover image credit: Conrad Murray: Grove in Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster, BAC Beatbox Academy, BAC, Credit Lukas Galantay

NEWS: The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 for Music for Change: Finalists Announced!

The Arts Foundation announce the four finalists of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFA) 2022 for Music for Change, supported by the PRS Foundation.

 

Max Barton & Jethro Cooke (Slowstepper), Eliza Shaddad, Love Ssega and Hanna Tuulikki were selected from a long list of nominated artists as finalists for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Futures Award 2022, Music for Change.

Exploring ecology, the environment and climate-related social issues, the Music for Change Award is a celebration of artists, musicians, composers, and experimental sound artists who have a track record focusing on the complex underlying themes related to the climate crisis.

The AFFA 2022 Music for Change Judges are: TV and Radio broadcaster, Edith Bowman; Folk Singer, Sam Lee; and Founder of Icebreaker One, Gavin Starks, who said:

“Our climate crisis affects us all. It cuts deeply into our sense of place, our cultures, and our individual senses of responsibility and agency. As an existential threat, it carries echoes of the Cold War and instils fear, panic and grief on a global scale. We need to address and express our collective climate grief and our hopes. Our arts and music are critical tools through which we can each find a voice, connect and share.

I was struck most deeply by the artists that sought to vocalise, express and develop utterances of this. I look to the exceptional AFFA 2022 Music for Changes Finalists, and all those working in this space to help us all engage and navigate. We are still at the beginning of our climate journey – there is an urgent, pressing need to form cultural responses to the crisis of our generation.”

Edith Bowman added:

“It was an honour to be asked to be part of this amazing prize. What a fantastic level of talent and creativity that was thoroughly inspiring.  It’s not always easy to incorporate certain issues and important causes into music but our finalists have found a way to use their voice for the greater good.  Each finalist is very unique and I’m thrilled by the diversity of talent across the award, celebrating different cultures.”

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 supports and celebrates artists for both their work to date and future development. The recipient of the £10,000 award for Music for Change will be announced along with awards in four other art forms (Animation, Materials Innovation Theatre-Makers, and Visual Arts) at a celebration event in late January 2022 – with all finalists receiving £1,000 awards towards their artistic practice.

To find out more about the artists, please visit the AFFA 2022 page.

Read the Press Release here.

For Images, please view the Press Pack here.

 

For all enquiries and interviews please contact:

Mary Jane Edwards, Interim Director, The Arts Foundation

info@artsfoundation.co.uk / +44 (0) 7969 029 656

NEWS: The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 for Materials Innovation: Finalists Announced!

The Arts Foundation announce the four finalists of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFA) 2022 for Materials Innovation.

 

Elissa Brunato, Riccardo Cenedella, Guan Lee and Patrick Morris were selected from a long list of nominated artists as finalists for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Futures Award 2022 in Materials Innovation.

The award brings together the extraordinary work of design, craft and creative practitioners defining new contexts for materials-related practice. This years’ award sees creative practitioners working across the lifecycle of production-  from the development of innovative raw material, construction, right the way through to finishing and reprocessing, with sustainability a key driver in their work. 

The Materials Innovation Award was launched in 2014 by The Arts Foundation with a desire to highlight the development of designers working in the creation of new materials. Now, in its eighth year, the award continues to highlight imaginative and radical innovations, but also circular design solutions – from natural-based polymers to forestry waste by-products.

The AFFA 2022 Materials Innovation Judges are: British model, actress, environmentalist, and writer, Lily Luahana Cole; Architecture and Design critic of The Financial Times, Edwin Heathcote, and UCL Professor of Materials & Society and TV and Radio presenter, Mark Miodownik MBE, who says:

“It was great to see so many nominations connecting with scientists and engineers – cross-disciplinary research is the future of materials innovation”.

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 supports and celebrates artists for both their work to date and future development. The recipient of the £10,000 award for Materials Innovation will be announced along with awards in four other artforms (Animation, Music for Change, Theatre-Makers and Visual Arts) at a celebration event in late January 2022 – with all finalists receiving £1,000 awards towards their artistic practice. 

To find out more about the artists, please visit the AFFA 2022 page.

Read the Press Release here.

For Images, please view the Press Pack here.

 

For all enquiries and interviews please contact:

Mary Jane Edwards, Interim Director, The Arts Foundation

info@artsfoundation.co.uk / +44 (0) 7969 029 656

NEWS: The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 for Visual Arts: Finalists Announced!

The Arts Foundation announce the four finalists of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFA) 2022 for Visual Arts, supported by The Yoma Sasburg Estate. 

 

Rhea Dillon, Sadé Mica, Shenece Oretha and Libita Sibungu were selected from a long list of nominated artists as finalists for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Futures Award 2022 for Visual Arts.

The award supports artists working in any area of the visual arts including installation, sculpture, film, photography, sound, painting and cross art-form practice. The AFFA 2022 Visual Arts Judges are Visual Artist, Oreet Ashery; Director of Tate St Ives, Anne Barlow; and Director of Aesthetica, Cherie Federico, who says:

“It was a true honour to have the opportunity to be on the jury for this year’s Arts Foundation Futures Awards. The calibre of talent was outstanding and the shortlisted artists, Rhea Dillon, Sadé Mica, Shenece Oretha and Libita Sibungu, are all pushing boundaries in the visual arts, working across film, moving image, poetry and performance. As a panel, we were thrilled with this selection and feel that each artist is making a major contribution to contemporary artistic practice and furthering very important questions about identity and belonging in 21st Century life.”

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 supports and celebrates artists for both their work to date and future development. The recipient of the £10,000 award for Visual Arts will be announced along with awards in four other artforms (Animation, Materials Innovation, Music for Change, and Theatre-Makers) at a celebration event in late January 2022 – with all finalists receiving £1,000 awards towards their artistic practice.

To find out more about the artists, please visit the AFFA 2022 page.

Read the Press Release here.

For Images, please view the Press Pack here.

 

For all enquiries and interviews please contact:

Mary Jane Edwards, Interim Director, The Arts Foundation

info@artsfoundation.co.uk / +44 (0) 7969 029 656

NEWS: The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 for Theatre-Makers: Finalists Announced!

The Arts Foundation announce the four finalists of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFA) 2022 for Theatre-Makers, supported by The Maria Björnson Memorial Fund.

Lee Hart, Anna Himali Howard, Helen Monks and Matt Woodhead (LUNG) and Conrad Murray were selected from a long list of nominated artists as finalists for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Futures Award 2022 for Theatre-Makers.

The Theatre- Makers award focuses on artists whose practice centers on participatory and co-created theatre. With all the practitioners harnessing and creating innovative and original performative work – asking big questions and pushing the boundaries of theatre and cross-disciplinary practice. 

The AFFA 2022 Theatre-Makers Judges are; Director of Creativity and Social Change at Battersea Arts Centre, Liz Moreton; Director of Kate Pakenham Productions, Kate Pakenham; and Artistic Director and CEO of New Art Exchange, Saad Eddine Said, who says:

“Recently, Theatre Makers have paved the way in terms of socially engaged, participatory & co-created practice. Their innovative work reached communities and individuals all over the nation when it was most needed. Our four finalists stood out as extremely inspiring leaders in the field of co-creation. They give me hope for a better and more inclusive future.”

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 supports and celebrates artists for both their work to date and future development. The recipient of the £10,000 award for Theatre-Makers will be announced along with awards in four other artforms (Animation, Materials Innovation, Music for Change, and Visual Arts) at a celebration event in late January 2022 – with all finalists receiving £1,000 awards towards their artistic practice. 

To find out more about the artists, please visit the AFFA 2022 page.

Read the Full Press Release here.

For Images, please view the Press Pack here.

 

For all enquiries and interviews please contact:

Mary Jane Edwards, Interim Director, The Arts Foundation

info@artsfoundation.co.uk / +44 (0) 7969 029 656

NEWS: The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 for Animation: Finalists Announced!

The Arts Foundation announce the four finalists of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFA) 2022 for Animation, supported by The David Collins Foundation.

 

Savinder Bual, Sophie Koko Gate, Mary Stark and Petra Szemán were selected from a long list of nominated artists as finalists for the £10,000 Arts Foundation Futures Award 2022 in Animation.

This new award explores expanded and experimental animation as art practice. Seeking out bold concepts and innovative uses of this diverse medium, the award supports creatives for whom animation is a key part of their artistic process and means of expression. 

The AFFA 2022 Animation Judges are time-based media artist, Birgitta Hosea; Irish Director, Johnny Kelly; and artist, animator and curator, Edwin Rostron, who says:

“The four finalists’ work demonstrates the great range and breadth of contemporary animation practice in the UK, and that the art form continues to exist in vibrant and exciting ways both on and beyond the screen.

Animation is a way of thinking as much as it is a set of processes, and each of the four artists has pursued highly individual and original ways of thinking about animation.”

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 supports and celebrates artists for both their work to date and future development. The recipient of the £10,000 award for Animation will be announced along with awards in four other art forms (Materials Innovation, Music for Change, Theatre-Makers, and Visual Arts) at a celebration event in late January 2022 – with all finalists receiving £1,000 awards towards their artistic practice. 

To find out more about the artists, please visit the AFFA 2022 page.

Read the Press Release here.

For Images, please view the Press Pack here.

 

For all enquiries and interviews please contact:

Mary Jane Edwards, Interim Director, The Arts Foundation

info@artsfoundation.co.uk / +44 (0) 7969 029 656

NEWS: The Arts Foundation Appoints Interim Director Mary Jane Edwards

The Arts Foundation has appointed Mary Jane Edwards as its Interim Director with immediate effect. Mary Jane joins at an exciting time for the foundation, in the lead up to The Arts Foundation Futures Award (AFFA) 2022 and brings with her a breadth of experience across the arts. She takes over from Shelley Warren, who left in October to embark on an MA at Brighton University after 22 years at the helm.

Howell James, Chair of The Arts Foundation says:

“I and my fellow Trustees are delighted that Mary Jane will be joining The Arts Foundation to oversee the next edition of The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 and drive the next phase of the charity’s development. Mary Jane’s knowledge of the arts and culture sector is extensive, and her commitment to nurturing artistic talent and understanding of both the challenges and opportunities currently facing artists and creative communities is formidable.”

Mary Jane Edwards says:

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be appointed Interim Director of The Arts Foundation, which has long championed the importance of creative practice and its vital contribution to society. I look forward to working closely with existing and new partners, and critically, resourcing and supporting artists at a pivotal moment in their creative development.”

Mary Jane Edwards has a background in social and visual arts and has held senior roles in several public arts institutions in the UK, including Cement Fields, FACT and Metal Liverpool. In addition to the arts, Mary Jane has worked in social policy, with a particular focus on youth employment within the creative industries, and social finance for common good. She also established and co-led an environmental art collective, which connects the practices of artists, scientists, and researchers with a focus on ecology and environmental sciences. Mary Jane is an Honorary Fellow and Advisory Board Member of the University of Liverpool Science and Literature Hub.

Media Enquiries

Dennis Chang, Bolton & Quinn

+44 (0) 20 7221 5000 / dennis@boltonquinn.com

Press Release

EVENT: Meet the AFFA 2022 Animation Artists for a special screening and Q&A

Join us and the Arts Foundation Futures Award 2022 Animation finalists, at a special screening and Q&A event as part of the London International Animation Festival!

 

This special, one-off event will include the chance to see selected works from the diverse practices of the four finalists of the prestigious Arts Foundation Futures Awards (AFFA) 2022 for Animation: Savinder Bual, Sophie Koko Gate, Mary Stark and Petra Szemán. 

The artists will introduce in person, a curated programme of their work, and discuss their respective influences and creative processes exploring expanded and experimental animation as art practice. The event will conclude with a guided Q&A, hosted by writer, curator and publisher of Strange Attractor Press, Jamie Sutcliffe.

DATE: Friday 3 December 2021⁠
VENUE: The Horse Hospital, Colonnade, London WC1N 1JD
⁠TIME: 6- 7.45 PM (Doors from 5.45)⁠
TICKETS:
To book tickets, please visit The Horse Hospital Website. (£8.00, General Admission; £6.00 Concessions)

This year’s AFFA 2022 Animation award was judged by time-based media Artist Birgitta Hosea, Irish Director Johnny Kelly, and Artist, Animator and Curator, Edwin Roston.

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 supports and celebrates artists for both their work to date and future development. The recipient of the £10,000 award for Animation, supported by The David Collins Foundation, will be announced along with awards in four other artforms (Materials Innovation, Music for Change, Theatre-Makers, and Visual Arts) at a celebration event in late January 2022 – with all finalists receiving £1,000 awards towards their artistic practice. 

The London International Animation Festival – the UK’s largest and longest-running animation festival – is back with 10 days of amazing screenings, talks and visits from local and international animators with its first fully hybrid edition.

Find out more: www.liaf.org.uk

WATCH: The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 Online Ceremony

Our annual Arts Foundation Futures Awards celebrate and support UK artists for their work to date and future development. Five £10,000 Fellowships are awarded every year, with all Finalists each receiving £1,000.⁠

Our 2022 award categories included Animation, Materials Innovation, Music for Change, Theatre-Makers⁠ and Visual Arts. ⁠

With a special welcome address from Guest of Honour, artist Jeremy Deller.

The awards were presented by category judges: Time-based Media Artist Birgitta Hosea; UCL Professor of Materials & Society and TV and Radio presenter, Mark Miodownik; Folk Singer, Conservationist, and AF Fellow Sam Lee; Artistic Director and CEO of New Art Exchange, Saad Eddine Said; and Visual Artist, Oreet Ashery.

The AFFA 2022 Finalists included: Animation: Sophie Koko Gate, Mary Stark and Petra Szemán; Materials Innovation: Riccardo Cenedella, Guan Lee and Patrick Morris; Music for Change: Max Barton & Jethro Cooke (Slowstepper), Eliza Shaddad and Hanna Tuulikki; Theatre-Makers: Anna Himali Howard, Helen Monks & Matt Woodhead (LUNG) and Conrad Murray; Visual Arts: Rhea Dillon, Sadé Mica and Shenece Oretha.

The Arts Foundation Futures Awards 2022 are supported by: The David Collins Foundation, The Maria Björnson Memorial Fund, PRS Foundation, and The Yoma Sasburg Estate.

Read our AFFA 2022 Programme and find out more about all the artists.

EXHIBITION: Rosa Johan-Uddoh’s Practice Makes Perfect at Bluecoat Liverpool

AF Finalist Rosa Johan-Uddoh is opening her solo show, ‘Practice Makes Perfect’ at The Bluecoat, Liverpool!⁠

Fri 15 October 2021 – Sun 23 January 2022⁠

Practice Makes Perfect is focused on the timely subject of childhood education in Britain. Rosa-Johan Uddoh looks at how schooling forms an early understanding of what it means to be British, but also at what within this is marginalised or left out. Responding to current debates about Black history within the National Curriculum, Uddoh has approached creating new work for this exhibition as therapeutic ‘wish fulfilment’ in a time of uncertainty and tension.⁠

The exhibition includes a major new work by Uddoh – a large-scale collage – which investigates the historical figure of Balthazar. According to tradition, Balthazar was one of the three biblical Magi and later a Saint, who offered the gift of Myrrh to Jesus. Depicted since medieval times as a lone black figure in artistic imagery of the Nativity scene or ‘Adoration’, this King is often the first time school children encounter a Black person of importance in a performance.⁠

Historically, Balthazar is also a figure through which white artists and their patrons in Europe first constructed ‘Blackness’. Through her research, with the assistance of Nasra Abdullahi, Uddoh has found and catalogued around 150 historical ‘Balthazars’ featured in ‘Adoration’ paintings made throughout European history. Thinking about the real, Black European sitters for these paintings, Uddoh’s billboard-style collage brings these Black kings together in friendship groups on a long march of solidarity to change the West.⁠

The exhibition also includes works on paper, video and new works that adapt the exhibition to the interior and exterior spaces of the Bluecoat.

NEWS: Angie Bual’s PoliNations in Birmingham, 2022

AF Fellow Angie Bual of  Trigger Stuff is creating PoliNations, an epic city centre forest garden celebrating colour, beauty & natural diversity, in Birmingham 2022!⁠

Step into a city-centre forest garden of magical proportions where you will be welcomed by an epic array of colour and nature. ⁠

Towering architectural super-trees drink rainwater and create electricity using wind power, as the forest garden plays host to a vibrant and spectacular free events programme situated in an oasis of thousands of plants and flowers co-planted by the city’s residents.⁠

This supernatural wonderland uncovers the origin stories of the plants we know so well – daisies, pansies, apple trees, roses – in fact these, and most of the plants we see in our gardens are not from the UK. They tell the story of journeys, movement, dispersal, and new roots.⁠

PoliNations is a celebration of colour, beauty, and of natural diversity. Explore, enjoy and be your true unique self. You can experience music from around the world, an incredible light show each evening, and a grand finale like no other where the super-tree’s canopies will burst into a joyful cloud of confetti and colour. This is Pride, Carnival and Holi combined in one brilliant, messy, playful all-day-all-night party and everyone is invited.⁠

NEWS: Fellow and Ambassador Asif Kapadia curating Sheffield Documentary Festival

AF Fellow and Ambassador Asif Kapadia is Guest Curating the next edition of Sheffield Documentary Festival!⁠

In a first for the Festival, Academy Award® and BAFTA-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia, whose much-accoladed documentary films include SENNA (2010), AMY (2015) and DIEGO MARADONA (2019) will be Guest Curator for the 29th edition. Asif will personally select some sections of the screenings programme and work with the team on events, talks and other initiatives. ⁠

“I’m excited to return to Sheffield DocFest in a creative capacity for the 2022 Festival. While the Festival will continue its vital role providing an annual showcase of outstanding documentary work, I am excited to be making a curatorial contribution to the programme, sharing films and bringing filmmakers I love to the event, while working with Clare and the DocFest team on the overall shape of the festival. ⁠

As a filmmaker who works across features, documentaries, short film and now VR, I have been lucky to attend and present my work at numerous international film festivals, I know that without film festivals I wouldn’t have a career! I am fully aware of their importance as meeting places for filmmakers, audiences and local communities wanting to connect, to be challenged, educated and inspired, as well as giving a crucial opportunity for new and experienced filmmakers to screen their work.”⁠

READ: Andrew Kötting Diseased and Disorderly

AF Fellow Andrew Kötting has released a book to coincide with the release of the film, Diseased and Disorderly, with an introduction by Andrea Luka Zimmerman.

Andrew collaborated with his daughter Eden Kotting to create a short film Diseased and Disorderly, which was recently screened at the ICA as part of the 2021 BFI London Film Festival

Diseased and Disorderly is a film that uses the paintings, drawings and collages of the neurodiverse artist Eden Kötting to make imagistic gold. Assisted by her father Andrew Kötting, the 2D animator Glenn Whiting and the 3D animator Isabel Skinner the collaboration takes us on a phantasmagorical journey into a world of Eden’s making and then beyond.⁠ ⁠

“Conceived before last year’s Lockdown but inspired by the situation in which we find ourselves today, Diseased And Disorderly is a celebration of difference and the glorification of persistence.”⁠ ⁠

Read more about DISEASED AND DISORDERLY, THE BOOK

EXHIBITION: Jamilla Johnson-Small AKA SERAPHINE1369 at Tate Britain

ART NOW presents SERAFINE1369‘s FROM DARKNESS INTO DARKNESS at Tate Britain
UNTIL 3 JANUARY 2022

SERAFINE1369’s practice is always relational, moving across spaces, contexts, scales, roles and collaborations. Their work often involves sculpture, text, electronic music, video, internal narratives, texture and trance states to build atmospheric landscapes. Choreographies become a type of stage, dreamscape or battleground through the live unfolding of tensions between things that create meaning.

Moving through mythological archetypes of monstrous creatures, from darkness into darkness considers what it means to be or feel haunted, host to multiple entities – existing in the tensions between coming together and coming apart.

Art Now is a series of free exhibitions showcasing emerging talent and highlighting new developments in British art.

NEWS: Gregory Batsleer announced as Director of London Handel Festival

Congratulations to AF Fellow Gregory Batsleer, who has been announced as the new Director of The London Handel Festival!⁠

Gregory has been working at the very highest levels of the classical music industry for over a decade and has built a strong reputation as both an innovative leader and an acclaimed conductor.⁠

From 2012 to 2017, Gregory was Artistic Director of the National Portrait Gallery’s Choir in Residence programme, the first ever in-house music programme of any gallery or museum in the world. He has curated and devised performances for the Southbank Centre, Wilderness Festival and Latitude and collaborated with leading cultural figures across art forms. In 2017, Gregory co-founded Future Stages, a charity dedicated to providing pathways into the performing arts for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, and he is also co-founder and Artistic Director of Festival Voices, a versatile ensemble dedicated to cross-art collaboration. As a non-executive director, Gregory is on the boards of the Piece Hall in Halifax and Manchester Camerata.⁠

As a performer, Gregory has conducted leading ensembles throughout the UK including his work as Chorus Director of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Principal Conductor of the Huddersfield Choral Society.⁠

Gregory says:⁠
“I am thrilled to have been appointed the new Festival Director of the London Handel Festival. Handel’s music has an extraordinary ability to inspire and speak to 21st-century London. As we emerge from a cultural hibernation, I’m incredibly excited for what we can achieve. This will be a new and innovative chapter for the Festival in which we aim to be the go-to destination for the performance of Handel’s music, and in turn contribute to London’s reputation for boundary-pushing creativity.”

LIVE: Sam Lee takes Big Wow on tour!

The Guardian have reviewed AF Fellow Sam Lee‘s warm up for his October-November national tour!⁠

“Tonight, Lee delivers his songs with a terrific band comprising piano (James Kay), violin (Joseph O’Keeffe), double bass (Misha Mullov-Abbado) and percussion (Josh Green); Lee’s shruti box is called into service. These arrangements are spectacularly nuanced, somewhere between contemporary classical and jazz, with the fiddle melody the most obvious anchor in tradition. A recent parallel might be the US singer-songwriter Bill Callahan – a folk-adjacent voice counterpointed by susurrations and thrums. At one point, during Worthy Wood, Green percusses the violin’s strings with what look like chopsticks. This magical night’s binding spells are, however, nearly undone by the encore – a cheesy cover of Dream a Little Dream of Me.⁠

Lee has a heel planted in the ash-worshipper enclave too, though. He’s barefoot at Saffron Hall, and is used to talking earnestly about his work. Having done time at Cecil Sharp House, the high temple of Trad Arr, this dedicated archivist has spent years tracking down revered singers from Traveller communities and learning their songs – often just before these first-hand links with the old, horse-drawn ways of life were severed when those singers passed on.”⁠

Book tour tickets via Sam’s website, October 12 – November 26 2021

Read review in full. 

LIVE: Hollie McNish retells Antigone at Storyhouse, Chester

AF Fellow Hollie McNish has penned a modern retelling of the classic Greek tragedy Antigone, due to debut at Storyhouse in Chester this October!⁠

Wednesday 13 October – Saturday 23 October⁠
Tickets from £18 / £7 for Under 26s ⁠
Streaming and tickets via Storyhouse website⁠

A Storyhouse Originals production co-produced with Triple C.⁠
Adapted by Hollie McNish⁠
Directed by Natasha Rickman⁠

Antigone mourns her brother, left to rot in the field by her callous uncle, the tyrant King. She needs to honour her brother, to bury him. But whose law is greater – her god’s or her king’s? Antigone picks the fight anyway, and a personal tragedy of ancient Greek proportions follows.⁠

Sophocles’ deadly masterpiece tears the family and the state apart in this urgent political drama.

WATCH: Michael Lloyd’s silversmithing in Let Nature Guide My Eyes by Sue Thomas

AF Fellow and silversmith Michael Lloyd has collaborated with filmmaker Sue Thomas to document his drawing and making process, with his corresponding poem Let Nature Guide My Eyes. Watch below, and learn more about Michael’s work through his takeover of our Instagram.

Let nature guide my eyes,
For blinded by the veil of clever folly
I failed to see
the cost
of being me

My Planet plucked beyond her means,
She cries
‘Had nature ruled your thoughts,
less wounded I would be

Too late , or not too late?
The child’s child thrown to fate
or, some turn of tide , on natures side
a long remembered dream of Eden past.

The choice is ours ,
but will not last .

EVENT: AF Fellows Angie Bual and Mervyn Millar team up for The Hatchling this August 28-29

The Hatchling: World Premiere
28 & 29 August 2021

A spectacular dragon will hatch in Plymouth City Centre this summer, and grow to the size of a double-decker bus!

Where will her journey take her? Will she find herself a new home? And ultimately, will she FLY?

The Hatchling is a ground-breaking outdoor theatrical performance that will unfold over a weekend of events and reaches an extraordinary finale over the coast of Plymouth. Our beautiful visitor will hatch in the city, build herself a nest and then attempt to take to the skies in a bid for her freedom. Along the way, she’ll explore the city, and as she roams, she’ll encounter a series of events from intimate interactions to city-wide performances, prepared especially for her majestic visit.

At the end of her journey our hatchling will undergo an incredible metamorphosis, unfurl her wings, and attempt to soar over the sea at sunset! With a wingspan of over 20 metres, our hatchling is the world’s largest human-operated puppet to attempt flight.

Join us this summer for a spectacular adventure never to be forgotten.

Created by a leading design team specialising in puppetry, kites and immersive theatre, this is an unforgettable world premiere taking place in Plymouth this summer.  The Hatchling will bring together artists, community groups and city partners to create a public artwork of ground-breaking ambition – a cultural icon that will unite people from all walks of life.

Conceived by Angie Bual, Artistic Director and producer at Trigger

Directed by Mervyn Millar, Puppetry Director (War Horse, Significant Object)

Designed by Carl Robertshaw, Production Designer (Ellie Goulding, Bjork)

Visit The Hatchling website for more information.

WATCH: Keisha Thompson introduces our 2022 Theatre Makers Award!

2021 AF Fellow Keisha Thompson introduces the second Theatre Makers award, which this year will focus on artists who focus on participatory and co-created theatre! We will be showcasing artists who harness and create innovative and original performative work, asking big questions and pushing the boundaries of theatre and cross-disciplinary practice. The award is made possible by fund set up in honour of Maria Björnson who was an extraordinary and innovative designer working across theatre, ballet and opera.

OPPORTUNITY: Jerwood Arts launch 1:1 Grant

Jerwood Arts Press Release Announcing the 1:1 FUND
07 September 2021

Today, 7 September, we launch a new fund offering awards of £2,000 to support 35 pairings of independent early-career artists, curators and producers from across disciplines to connect, develop their practice and generate new ideas.
The 1:1 FUND offers awards for two early-career practitioners working in literature, music, performing, visual and contemporary arts to strengthen existing or start new collaborations after the isolating impact of Covid-19.
It will benefit 70-80 individuals in total working together collaboratively

Application is free.

Deadline is 12pm, Monday 4 October. 

Full guidance and the application form are available here.

The 1:1 FUND has been developed in response to feedback from applicants and artists, curators and producers we have supported over the past 18 months. This suggested the pandemic has made collaborating harder than ever, especially in real life, whilst highlighting the energy and inspiration created by strong creative networks and peer support. We also heard that chances for individuals to work together in a supported way, without the pressure to produce new works or find match funding, are increasingly rare.

As a funder that creates imaginative opportunities that provide transformative support for early-career artists, we hope the 1:1 FUND will build the confidence of early-career practitioners and open the door for future projects by supporting new and existing collaborations to exchange ideas, skills-share, research together and generate new ideas.

Full guidance and the application form are available here.

Jerwood Arts is the leading independent funder dedicated to supporting UK artists, curators and producers to develop and thrive. We enable transformative opportunities for individuals across art forms, supporting imaginative awards, fellowships, programmes, commissions and collaborations. We present new work and bring people from across the arts together in the galleries at Jerwood Space, London, across the UK and online. jerwoodarts.org

NEWS: In memory of founding Arts Foundation Trustee, Grey Gowrie

The 2nd Earl of Gowrie was a founding Trustee of the Arts Foundation in 1993, and has died aged 81. Grey Gowrie was a man of letters, a poet, a Conservative politician and a prominent figure in the world of the arts. He was Minister for the Arts under Margaret Thatcher, and for four years chairman of the Arts Council of England. Our thoughts are with his loved ones.

Read his obituary in The Guardian.

Photograph 1988 Terence Donovan © Terence Donovan Archive.

 

NEWS: Shelley Warren CEO of the Arts Foundation announces her departure

Shelley Warren, CEO of the Arts Foundation has announced that she will be leaving her role at the charity at the end of October, after more than two decades supporting and promoting UK creatives. Fellows in that time have included Carol Morley, Rufus Norris, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Asif Kapadia, Ali Smith and Bethany Williams. The charity, which has become one of the longest standing arts awarding bodies in the UK was established nearly 30 years ago and has provided financial support to creatives from all walks of the Arts.

“Deciding to leave my post as Director after all these years has been a tough decision. I’ve loved every minute of being in a role which involves exploring and observing incredible creativity from some of the finest artists in the UK. However, as the past few years have shown me, it is also good to follow your dreams when the inner voice gets louder, and to this end I’m delighted to be embarking on an MA at Brighton while working with a team on a new digital project involving music related archives and collections around the world.

I’d like to salute all those who have both supported and been supported by this frankly wonderful charity. Thank you for making my time at the Arts Foundation such a rich and memorable experience. Good luck to all the past and future finalists and to the continuation of this unique fellowship scheme which has proved again and again that support given at the right time can help future success beyond measure.”

Howell James, Chair of the Arts Foundation added,

“On behalf of all the trustees I want to thank Shelley for her exceptional contribution to the development and growth of the Arts Foundation over the 22 years she has been director.

The Arts Foundation has been transformed under her leadership and is a very different organisation today. Shelley has raised our profile, used the creative opportunities that new ways of communicating in the digital age have offered us, and attracted generous support from many sponsors and donors.

The list of successful fellows who have benefitted from our awards over these years is testament to her skill in highlighting many varied arts forms, and attracting input from a dazzling array of individuals as nominators and judges. Shelley has nurtured the relationships with the many artists she has encouraged, growing the value of the awards to the artists themselves and staying connected with them beyond their fellowships, while promoting their work through the Foundation. The continuing success and health of the Arts Foundation is down to her strong leadership. We thank her and wish her well and all success in the next chapter.”

The Foundation will be appointing an interim director for six months to manage the 2022 awards, after which point a permanent position will become available.

Media enquiries:

Dennis Chang, Bolton & Quinn

+44 (0)20 7221 5000 / dennis@boltonquinn.com

LISTEN: Collaborate on our Sound For Environmental Change Playlist!

For our 2022 AFFAs, we are launching a new Music for Change Award in partnership with the PRS Foundation. Inspired by this award, Wille and the Bandits  sent us a fantastic playlist of music old and new, exploring themes of ecology, the environment and climate-related social issues!

We have added some of our own favorite tracks to the playlist, and would like to invite you to LISTEN, and COLLABORATE!

LISTEN: Sound For Environmental Change Playlist on Spotify

COLLABORATE: Email us your favorite environmentally conscious track to add to the playlist, on the environmental crisis and its social impact!

 

The Music for Change award, which is supported by the PRS Foundation, is one of five award categories chosen for the 2022 Arts Foundation Futures Awards. As with all our awards, nominations are made by practitioners and experts in the field on the basis of a proven track record of engaging with the environment through music. It is a celebration of artists, songwriters, composers, producers, and experimental sound artists who have a track record of focusing on the underlying themes related to the climate crisis. From Rock and Pop to Contemporary Classical and Opera, Dance and Electronic genres to Black Music genres, Jazz, Folk and everything in between!

Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award winning and PRS Foundation Chair of the Board of Trustees, Nitin Sawhney CBE said, “I’m delighted that PRS Foundation are partnering with our friends at the Arts Foundation to once again shine a light on outstanding music creators. Now is the time to recognise those music creators whose work covers climate action, sustainability and other areas of social concerns and so it is fantastic to see that this will form the criteria of the category we are supporting this year. I very much look forward to finding out which music creators in this field are nominated over the coming months.”

FILM: Zinnie Harris’ film debut, ‘A Glimpse’

AF Fellow, playwrite Zinnie Harris has released her film debut, A Glimpse! ⁠

What would you say to your past self? ⁠

A young mother accidentally opens a window on her past self, at a time when she was struggling with a series of miscarriages, and doubting everything in her life. How can she now help her past self through this distressing time and see hope in the future?⁠

Zinnie Harris is a multi-award winning playwright and theatre director, now starting to write and direct film. Her stage plays include FURTHER THAN THE FURTHEST THING (Tron Theatre/ Royal National Theatre), MEET ME AT DAWN, (Traverse Theatre / Edinburgh International Festival), THIS RESTLESS HOUSE (Citizens Theatre / National Theatre of Scotland / Edinburgh International Festival), and HOW TO HOLD YOUR BREATH (Royal Court Theatre). She wrote two 90 minute TV dramas for Channel 4 (RICHARD IS MY BOYFRIEND and BORN WITH TWO MOTHERS), and episodes for the BBC1 Drama SPOOKS. As a theatre director she has directed numerous main stage productions for the RSC, the Traverse Theatre, Royal Lyceum Theatre, and the Tron theatre. She won Best Director for the CATS 2017, for her direction of Caryl Churchill’s A NUMBER at the Lyceum Theatre, where she is an Associate Director. ‘A Glimpse’ is her first short film.⁠

Read more.⁠

NEWS: Black Obsidian Sound System nominated for 2021 Turner Prize, with AF Fellows Evan Ifekoya and Onyeka Igwe!

Huge congratulations to Black Obsidian Sound System, who are nominated for the 2021 Turner Prize!! B.O.S.S. collective includes AF Fellows Evan Ifekoya and Onyeka Igwe! ⁠

A public statement regarding the 2021 Turner Prize nominations

by Black Obsidian Sound System

 

“A People’s art is the Genesis of their freedom” Claudia Jones

Black obsidian is a smooth volcanic rock formed by the quick heating and cooling of lava. It is known as a stone of truth, of protection, of security, and for cultivating a feeling of stability from within. Black obsidian repels negative energy and discordant vibrations. It amplifies and transmits high frequencies and demonstrates the appearance of light within darkness. ⁠

Since the summer of 2018, Black Obsidian Sound System (B.O.S.S) organises with the intention of bringing together a community of queer, trans and nonbinary Black and people of colour involved in art, sound and radical activism. Following in the legacies of sound system culture, we want to learn, build and sustain a resource for our collective struggles. The system, based in London, is available to use or rent by community groups and others with the purpose of amplifying and connecting us. ⁠

We draw on the sound system as an archetype of black expression in order to present a more nuanced and complex picture of our individual and collective concerns. Somewhere in the space between history and myth we seek to choreograph a new way of being and existing in the world together. Whilst we are grateful for the recognition for our work as a collective, it is important for us to name some of the inconsistencies as we observe them.

What does it mean for a collective such as ours to receive such recognition in the art world at this time?

Although we believe collective organising is at the heart of transformation, it is evident that arts institutions, whilst enamored by collective and social practices, are not properly equipped or resourced to deal with the realities that shape our lives and work. We see this in the lack of adequate financial remuneration for collectives in commissioning budgets and artist fees, and in the industry’s in-built reverence for individual inspiration over the diffusion, complexity and opacity of collaborative endeavor.

The urgency with which we have been asked to participate, perform and deliver demonstrates the extractive and exploitative practices in prize culture, and more widely across the industry – one where Black, brown, working class, disabled, queer bodies are desirable, quickly dispensable, but never sustainably cared for. We remember what Claudia taught us. 

Over the last year, there have been strike actions at several art institutions, including the sponsor of the Turner Prize, Tate, protesting the redundancies staff have been forced to take. It is not lost on us that the collective action of workers coming together to save their jobs and livelihoods was not adequately recognised by Tate

We understand that we are being instrumentalised in this moment. We ask ourselves: how can a BPOC queer collective of artists and cultural workers be nominated for the Turner Prize whilst Black women artists continue to be silenced? Cases like Jade Montserrat’s are not isolated in the art world. We amplify Industria’s Open Letter to Tate, which lists a number of demands that are yet to be met, and to which you can add your signature.

So whilst we orient ourselves towards a practice of abundance, it is crucial that we acknowledge the context from which our participation emerges. We demand the right to thrive in conditions that are nurturing and supportive. 

“I hope that there comes a day when people like myself are able to enter without the complaint, without the requirement to speak on behalf of everyone else like us.” Jade Montserrat, quoted in Chaminda Jayanetti, ‘The Tate ‘Banned’ a Black Artist After She Called Out an Art Dealer’s Sexual Abuse’, https://www.vice.com/en/article/n7vxqx/tate-antho

Industria statement, March 2021, https://www.patreon.com/posts/news-updates-49433772

VACANCY: Arts Foundation Director

Director of The Arts Foundation – six-month fixed term contract

The Arts Foundation is one of the most important awards for artists, awarding five £10,000 fellowships every year across different artforms. Its previous winners reads like a who’s who of the arts. The next awards will be online in January 2022 in the categories of Animation, Music for Change, and a participatory-focused award for Theatre Makers, as well as continuing with our trailblazing Materials Innovation and Visual Arts awards

The AF is looking for an energetic Interim Director with an initial fixed six-month fixed term contract at 3 days per week (£50,000 per annum pro rata), to deliver the 2022 awards and run the foundation.

Closing date for applications: Tuesday September 21st 2021

Read more.

Media enquiries:

Dennis Chang, Bolton & Quinn

+44 (0)20 7221 5000 / dennis@boltonquinn.com

NEWS: Bethany Williams wins 2021 BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund!

Huge congratulation to AF Fellow Bethany Williams, who has just won the 2021 British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund!⁠ ⁠

“Once again, the finalists for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund showcase the groundbreaking work that the £200,000 award has always celebrated. This year, though, there is a newly introspective mood, as designers consider more deeply the industry itself and its wider responsibilities. Olivia Singer introduces 2021’s winner, and the shortlist of rising stars shaping the future of fashion with a shared moral imperative as well as their own unique aesthetics.”⁠

“Bethany Williams has reconfigured what fashion’s relationship with philanthropy and sustainability could look like by structuring the foundations of her business as a social enterprise. Building long-term partnerships with grassroots organisations, spotlighting issues ranging from homelessness to the prison system while raising much-needed funds for charities working in these areas, or training marginalised communities in new skills, she is modelling a new vision of environmental responsibility and community engagement. “As designers, we are problem-solvers,” she explains. “We want to provide an alternative system for fashion production, as we believe fashion’s reflection upon the world can create positive change.””⁠ ⁠

Photograph by Charlotte Wales. Styling by Poppy Kain⁠

Read more.