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Our Award programmes are now closed until January 2024. For reference only find below the guidance for the 2023 awards.Artists Respond 2023 Application GuidelinesArtists Respond Application Form (Word Template)Claire Peasnall Memorial Award 2023 Application Guidelines (including form)
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Kate’s aim was to create a body of work using chalk pastels - instead of her favoured ink and charcoal – which would describe the richness of the regions travelled, the textures of the land and the every-day world of the labouring peoples. All would be showcased at an exhibition in Tomar which would reflect her explorations. This she certainly achieved and learned so much more along the way. Her journey is a fascinating one and her development far exceeds her expectations. Given that Kate no longer flies, for environmental reasons, she used the award to pay for her travel which would, otherwise, have proved prohibitively expensive but, as it happened, added to the richness of her experience.Visit website
As Steve Thornton says of his project: 'The Lincolnshire coast has a very productive carbon-capturing coastline. The salt marshes cover most of the coastline from Cleethorpes to the Wash below Boston. They are more effective at carbon capture than rainforests and have the ability to capture carbon quickly and store it for long periods and also serve to provide natural flood defences. These salt marshes play such an important role in regulating local and global climate change.'Visit website
In January 2023 Paul underwent spinal surgery following an injury which left him unable to dance or feel any connection to his choreography for 8 months. St Hugh’s award enabled Paul to undertake his project ‘In Time of Daffodils,’ inspired by a poem by E E Cummings. He worked with a trio of dancers (one 45 years old and having undergone multiple surgeries; one younger with no injuries/surgeries) and a co-director/choreographer to create the piece.Visit website
Nisha’s aim was to reconnect with her creativity after spending her time as main carer for her mother. She then hoped to work part-time as a carer for others but during the pandemic lockdowns found herself supporting her clients through end-of-life care as well as becoming a family surrogate. Her respite from her caring activities consisted of visits to Holme Fen to walk and to photograph which she found healing from the loneliness, emotional and physical exhaustion that can result.Visit website
Charlene Clempson wanted to document the rituals and routines that have begun to disappear from her extended family once they began to move away from their homeland in Jamaica as part of the diaspora. She described: "Soup is both the method of putting multiple voices into a single object of consumption and it is also the topic which enables disparate ideas to fuse together as single entity. Real soups in pots are full of strange food things which lose their identity become part of soup once they enter the pot."
Ella used her Artists Respond Award to take time focusing on her own artistic practice, drawing on her research and experience gained through her work at GROUND – a social arts space in a deprived area of Hull which she co-founded and is unfunded, ORTs – a sewing group for vulnerable women and ROOTED IN HULL - a growing space for recovering addicts.Visit website
Having just completed her PhD in Music Performance and in the process of building her career, pianist Graziana Presicce/s project enabled her to take valuable time to build her piano solo repertoire further by focusing on the works of women composers.Visit website
Artist Liz Dorton created the Joy Rummage project with the ambition to "divert from my recent practice of complex, multimedia, highly choreographed puppetry, to something simpler, more primal and unpredictable. Something joyful! We miss colour, connection, collaborations, dancing, hugs, intimacy, comedy, and communal joy."Visit website
Jayne, a fine artist based in Louth, used the 2022 award to support her travel, accommodation and materials for 10 days in northern Italy, visiting Parma Galleria Nazionale to respond to the Maiolica tiles through writing, drawing, painting and photography, in preparation for an application for The Abbey Awards early in 2023. As Jayne said: "The purpose of this journey was to visit the former convent of San Paolo, and a mysterious collection of maiolica floor tiles (now housed in the national museum) which created a pavement in the monastery during the early renaissance."
Bridlington-based fine artist Anna Kirk-Smith used the Claire Peasnall Memorial Award to spend a period of 28 days wild camping in the remote western Highlands. She describes this as a period of questioning, rethinking, refining; “working within and with the environment, reframing ideas of what ‘landscape painting’ can be and what it has the potential to communicate.”Visit website
Michael Sanders, a sculptor and photographer based in Manby, will return to ideas initiated in his ‘We Pump Unseen’ project in 2017. He will return to Scotland, developing new artwork, undertaking discussions with curators at national museums, and working with partners to take his work to the next stage.Visit website
Simon-Mary Vincent, a composer and performer based in Lincoln, will recommence work on two major composition projects: ‘Sister Moon’, a composition for 4-channel audio with live percussion, and ‘For Those Who Are Yet To Fall’, for 5-channel audio with live piano, which is an anti-war ‘piano concerto’, whose form and sonic materials are used both as a critique of war and as a ‘prayer’ for those affected by wars globally.Visit website
Luke Dankoff, based in Hull, will use the award to contribute to artist fees during a period of development time for Same Circle Productions, working with a director and actor and with Hull LGBTQ+ organisations to develop a conversational and queer show which explores the issues of hyper-masculinity within the gay community.Visit website
Annie Griffith, a community music practitioner, will use the Artists Respond award to help her restart her Steampunk singing group in Lincoln, contributing to costs of hiring an accessible venue and recommencing the process of recording an album of original music with the group.Visit website
Josie Moon, a writer based in Grimsby, will use the funding to enable her to take time to think, read, and talk to fellow artists. Josie will reflect on necessary changes to her practice, seeking to understand what has happened and to express her response through new writing, including poetry.Visit website
Annie Kirkman from She Productions, an all-female collective based in Hull and East Yorkshire, will spend time developing the company’s ‘Finding Your Voice’ programme, which was originally a free 5-day drama-based course for local unemployed adults held at East Riding Theatre.Visit website
Designer Ruth Pigott from Gainsborough will take time to put together a collection of samples that she can draw on when looking at designs in the future, including for puppets, props and costuming for theatre and outdoor events.Visit website
Theatre director and creative event maker Madeleine O’Reilly from Cottingham will develop the next stage of her ‘Assemble The Caravan’ project, a live event convoy cabaret which she piloted in July 2020.Visit website
Writer Laura Turner from Tattershall will use the funding to support the development of her new theatre company, Fury Theatre, which was established just before lockdown.Visit website
Urban artist Lynsey Powles from Grimsby will create ‘Little Lincolnshire’, an art trail consisting of a series of miniature doorways and dioramas to be navigated using an online map.
Lydia Caprani will create a series of small decorative tile artworks to install around the city of Hull. The tiles will be based on her own designs as well as locally sourced patterns found hidden in the city’s architecture.Visit website
Musician and lens-based artist Quentin Budworth will work on a new site-responsive sound art experiment in Bridlington and an accompanying video.Visit website
Photographer and musician Stewart Baxter from Hull will undertake research and development into new ideas and ways of working, exploring analogue and digital technologies and the new ways in which people are building connection through the pandemic.Visit website
Documentary photographer, journalist and researcher Lee Karen Stow is the recipient of the St Hugh’s Foundation’s Main Award in 2019. Lee will create, design, build and deliver the site-specific installation Something to Breathe to mark August 2020, the 75th Anniversary of the world’s first atomic bombings on people. Something to Breathe will coincide with the Tokyo Olympics, which has chosen August 9th, the day of the atomic bombing on Nagasaki, for its closing ceremony.Visit website
Writer and story-teller Tanya Akrofi has applied for funding to support The Brigg Storytelling Festival, a month long project taking place in May 2020. The festival will host storytelling events for all the people who live in and around Brigg, North Lincolnshire, bringing them together through the sharing of life events and celebrating the diversity of the region.Visit website
Visual artist Annabel McCourt, whose most recent work Electric Fence was commissioned for Hull City of Culture in 2017 and subsequently exhibited at Hull Minster, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe and at the Biennale of Contemporary African Art, ‘Dak’Art’, in Dakar, Senegal, is the recipient of the St Hugh’s Foundation’s Main Award in 2018. Annabel will use the award to create REMOTE, a replica Ground Control Station to be installed in exhibition/gallery spaces.Visit website
The Development Award for 2018 is awarded to Litha Efthymiou and Martin Scheuregger, two Lincoln-based composers who will create and perform a new multidisciplinary work inspired by the history of The Lawn during its operation as an asylum in 1820. It will be performed at the Blue Room (part of The Lawn) by the Bristol Ensemble and actor Ian Harris in September 2019 and include historic film footage of the Lincoln asylum from the Media Archive of Central England (MACE).Visit website
Rich Wiles is a photographer who, having worked in Palestine for many years, has recently returned to his home town of Hull. He will develop a long-term documentary photography project exploring the challenges faced by refugees rebuilding their lives in the UK. This will be used to create a multi-media tool to be used cross-syllabus in local secondary schools to help students develop deeper understanding of the global refugee crisis and the challenges of relocation and resettlement. There will also be an accompanying photographic portrait exhibition which will be launched at Hull International Photography Festival in 2018 before being taken further afield.Visit website
Emma and Giuseppe Belli will undertake a project called ‘Six of One and Half a Dozen of the Other’, which the Foundation will support in its research stages. The project will develop a concept for a six-show evening of theatre (6 new 20 minute plays) that, by beginning with a Set Design, will challenge the journey of the conventional performance process and inspire new routes of creative thinking. The exploration for this new model of theatre will be piloted in Lincolnshire and eventually repeated in multiple regions.Visit website
Adele Howitt, a ceramicist from Hornsea, will undertake a period of research and development into the production methods and the back catalogue of designs, glaze technology and application within the historic Hornsea Pottery Collection. As a result of this research, she will create a public art work that will be incorporated into a ‘Heritage on the High Street’ trail planned to celebrate the Hornsea Pottery and its impact on the town and the pottery industry.Visit website
Kate Genever will undertake a project called ‘Watermark’ which will see her generate 6 large-scale portraits and accompanying sketches that tell of her village, Uffington. Featuring hundreds of marks that respond to the land, architecture, weather, time and resident’s stories, these will be built up by layering pencil, watercolour and coloured pencils. When completed they will be shared through exhibition, a printed publication and a daylong symposium at The Collection, Lincoln.Visit website
Fiona Caley, a photographer based in Holderness, will be researching and recording her changing landscape through photography and interview, including through the perspective of her 82 year old father who lives on a farm on the coastal edge of the Holderness Plains. She will work towards developing a portfolio of work for exhibition.Visit website
Supporting a period of reflection and professional development, focusing on Sarah’s “cross-disciplinary approach fusing photography, design and pattern, also combining contemporary materials with digital technology”.
The St Hugh’s Foundation Commission was designed to be part of the Convivium Music Voice and Verse Festival 2010. The commission was a response to the Robert Schumann 200th anniversary, composed by Judith Bingham.
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