Picture from Annie Kirkman, She Productions
Announcing our ‘Artists Respond’ funding recipients for 2020
In August 2020, the St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts announced that it would be making 8 grants of £750 available to artists in the City of Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire and Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire).
The aim of these 'Artists Respond' grants was to enable selected artists to engage with their practice in whatever form felt most relevant at this challenging time, without the need to produce something at the end.
The selected artists are:
Photographer and musician Stewart Baxter from Hull, who 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.
Musician and lens-based artist Quentin Budworth, who will work on a new site-responsive sound art experiment in Bridlington and an accompanying video.
Lydia Caprani , who 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.
Annie Kirkman from She Productions, an all-female collective based in Hull and East Yorkshire, who 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.
Theatre director and creative event maker Madeleine O’Reilly from Cottingham, who will develop the next stage of her ‘Assemble The Caravan’ project, a live event convoy cabaret which she piloted in July 2020.
Designer Ruth Pigott from Gainsborough, who 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.
Urban artist Lynsey Powles from Grimsby, who will create ‘Little Lincolnshire’, an art trail consisting of a series of miniature doorways and dioramas to be navigated using an online map.
Writer Laura Turner from Tattershall, who will use the funding to support the development of her new theatre company, Fury Theatre, which was established just before lockdown.
“It was important to us to offer something that might enable artists to get back to their practice at this incredibly difficult and uncertain time” describes Katie Green, Chair of the St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts. “The quality and range of applications we received from across our area of benefit made the decision-making process very challenging, because we could appreciate the devastating impact the pandemic has had on so many artists and the extent of the need for funding and support. It was hard to only select 8 artists to receive Artists Respond funding at this time, and we hope that we can find ways to support more in the coming months.”
Details about future award programmes will be published online at https://www.sthughsfoundation.co.uk.