Image: Annabel McCourt, Electric Fence
St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts announce award recipients for 2018
The St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts have awarded funding to two artist-led projects taking place in Lincoln, Lincolnshire and Hull.
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 Katie Pattinson in June 2019 and include historic film footage of the Lincoln asylum from the Media Archive of Central England (MACE).
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.
Annabel says of the work “I grew up in rural Lincolnshire, to the soundtrack of A-10 Tank Buster gunfire at RAF Donna Nook bombing range. From Cold War to current conflict, Lincolnshire has provided a platform for ‘intervention’. Drone Ground Control Stations form the focus for REMOTE. Building on from Electric Fence, themes of our own latent potential fused with the macabre muscularity of the work itself, REMOTE will physically place a replica of a Ground Control Station in the gallery."
Chair of the St Hugh’s Foundation for the Arts Katie Green says, “Once again we were presented with an exceptional group of short-listed artists this year, and we are pleased to be able to support two excellent projects that explore both the heritage of our area of benefit as well as what it means to be living here now.”
Details about our next programme of Arts Awards will be published online in January 2019.