In Autumn 2016 Artsadmin launches BANNER, a new award for artists graduating from art school, supported by Goldsmiths University of London, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Live Art Development Agency. Intended as a holistic programme of support combining ongoing dialogue, participation in artist development labs, peer exchange and public presentation, BANNER will support four artists between September 2016 - June 2017. This award and programme represents an evolution of an earlier iteration of BANNER in 2014 and 2015 in which Artsadmin presented compelling work by graduating artists through a performance platform at Toynbee Studios.
This year the BANNER artists are :
Teddy May de Kock and Cori Williams (both graduating from MA Performance Making, Goldsmiths) and Nima Sene and Gudrun Soley Sigudardottir (both graduating from BA Contemporary Performance Practice, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland).
Teddy May de Kock
Teddy May de Kock is a Dutch performer and theatre maker currently based in London. Her work re-examines theatrical conventions and their ability to bring intimate personal journeys into energetic and colourful dialogue with contemporary life. Whether she is transforming into Izumo no Okuni (founder of the Kabuki Theatre) or a character from Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt; deconstructing soap opera dialogues or inviting chickens into the spotlight to exhibit their divine ability to be totally themselves, Teddy tests their engagement with the current moment of London in 2016, using contemporary aesthetics and revealing the literal circumstances of production. Existential questions ("who am I?" and "what does it all mean???") pose as theatre questions ("who is this character?" / "how does one tell her own truth" while using texts of others?") and everything can be used as material: truth is equal to the artificial, the important to the unimportant, and the ironic to the sincere.
Teddy May de Kock graduated in 2016 from MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Nima Maia Aida Séne
Nima Maia Aida Séne is a Glasgow and Berlin based performance maker whose work is rooted in exploring popular culture, cultural identity and social constructs through contemporary performance. Working with imaginative compassion as a vehicle for exploration, questioning and sharing.
"what does it mean to belong?", "how can I accept/disrupt the illusions I carry for other people?", "where is an insight/experience I have crossing paths in relation to the bigger picture of the human experience?" These are questions that are carving through Nima's collaborative and solo work/practice. Their agency lies in searching for and making the invisible visible, the undesirable desirable, the unknown known and the complicated complex through music, dance, heightened aesthetics and spoken word. Their recent work during 2016 explored/imagined Persona called Beige B*tch from a transgender perspective, The B*tch has manipulated warped vocal singing as a hybrid, gender bending, human beige barbie-animal black fly cabaret host, breathing -electronic dance music and african percussion- air.
Nima Sene graduated with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016 and is an appointed committee member of Transmission Gallery since March 2017.
Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir
Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir is an Icelandic performance artist and director based in Glasgow. Her practice is interdisciplinary and encompasses both research and production questioning authenticity, the rehearsed live moment and ideas around theatrical deconstruction. Concerned with time and space, Gudrun’s autobiographical work is both intentionally specific and scripted, whilst appearing responsive and in the moment. It refers to the here and now, the space she is in and the audience who watch her. Through her projects Gudrun investigates the ways in which her audience can be implicit in authoring the work, so each reiteration of it is unique.
Gudrun believes art should be accessible to all and alongside her performance practice she works within widening access and participatory projects with diverse social groups. She recently graduated with a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is currently a Guest Lead Artist of Junction 25, an experimental performance group for young people based at Tramway in Glasgow.
Cori Williams is an American artist, born in Atlanta, Georgia, currently developing her performative inklings. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011), and graduated from MA in Performance Making at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2016.
She is interested in the before, the after, and the moments in-between, highlighting and acknowledging facades and structures. She works within the tools and frameworks set up by various spaces and mediums to create minimal interventions. Coy in nature, she is excited by the behind the scenes and the ephemera of moments as well as objects’ roles as characters.
Enticed by the grey expanse between theatrical performance and visual art, she is actively investigating the role of the “performer” as the means of delineating between the two mediums of kin.
Cori had her first solo exhibition, Fraternal Sheep, at Gregor Podnar Gallery in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2012. Her work has also been in group exhibitions including Impossible Bottle (Chicago, IL 2011), The Shandaken Project (New York, NY 2014), and Art Papers Annual Auction (Atlanta, GA, 2016). In 2014 she and fellow artist, Kelly Kaczynski, curated an international group exhibition, Roving Room, at Habersham Mills in Habersham Georgia, which included works from over 50 artists.
BANNER, a new award for artists graduating from art school, is an Artsadmin initiative supported by Goldsmiths, University of London, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and Live Art Development Agency.