A-N THE ARTISTS INFORMATION COMPANY
a-n is the largest artists membership organisation in the UK with 20,000 members. We support artists and those who work with them in many practical ways, acting on behalf of our membership and the visual arts sector to improve artists' livelihoods. We have a reputation for providing compelling insights and playing a catalytic role in influencing and informing cultural policy.
By being part of a-n, our artist, arts organiser, organisation, student and higher education members not only benefit from the nuts and bolts of the tools, guides, insurance, bursaries, jobs and opportunities, events, and resources we provide but they also lend their voices and weight to the advocacy work we carry out on behalf of the sector.
Artichoke are creative producers who work with artists to invade our public spaces and create extraordinary experiences that live in the memory forever. Since 2006, Artichoke has staged large-scale art events across the UK, aiming to reach the widest possible audience. This includes Royal de Luxe’s The Sultan’s Elephant; La Machine, an enchanting mechanical spider in Liverpool; building and burning David Best’s Temple in Derry-Londonderry; the major light festivals Lumiere Durham, Lumiere Derry-Londonderry and Lumiere London; and most recently London’s Burning, a festival of art and ideas marking 350years since the Great Fire of London.
We create games, adventures and play where people can choose to take a meaningful part. Our work takes place anywhere that people gather: in theatres, schools, museums, on the streets and online and always follows the principles of adventure, curiosity and loveliness.
The experience starts when you first hear about it, and only ends when you stop thinking and talking about it.
We make play with ideas that resonate in the world around us: from the everyday to the extraordinary. Our work is inspired by the belief that the world can be magical place where ordinary people can do extraordinary things. Collaboration and dialogue are at the heart of how we make work: with audiences, peers, partners, and a network of makers.
DANCE ART FOUNDATION
Dance Art Foundation is an independent national charity inspiring recognition of the cultural significance of dance, and advancing public and individual engagement, understanding and appreciation of dance as a contemporary art form. Led by Artistic Director Joe Moran, Dance Art Foundation works with a dynamic network of leading artists to create adventurous dance that questions the limits and definitions of the art form, and its role in wider cultural life. Dance Art Foundation is a recognised leader in dance-in-health.
Dash Arts is a cross-arts organisation who develop and present new music, theatre, art and dance that challenges the way we see the world. Since 2005 we have produced a number of major new artworks that have been presented in the UK and also toured internationally. Our aim is to make possible artistic collaboration across cultural, linguistic and social divides, and to broaden the cultural understanding of artists and audiences in the UK by bringing them into creative contact with artists from abroad.
DEBORAH MAY / KINOKI
Deborah May is a producer, director and editor who has worked in the theatre, and in film and television - predominantly in dance, music and performance art.
Recent work includes co-producing fifteen short films on contemporary circus with Crying Out Loud, a series of short films on botanic gardens for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, dance and performance promos, multi-camera recordings of productions at Sadler’s Wells and the National Theatre - including works by Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Russell Maliphant and Handspring Puppets; and Darwin Originals, and What On Earth - two series of short artist-led films, co-produced with Artsadmin.
Franko B has been creating work across video, photography, performance, painting, installation, sculpture and mixed media since 1990. He has performed at the Tate Modern, ICA, South London Gallery and Beaconsfield. Franko B lectures widely, including at St. Martins School of Art, DasArt, New York University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. His recent projects include a mentoring scheme with artists.
JOHN AVERY is a composer & sound designer for Theatre, Dance and Film. He has collaborated with Forced Entertainment, Wendy Houstoun, Vincent Dance and Unicorn Theatre. With director Jo Cammack on "Body of Water" (BBC) and Emio Greco's "Piano di Rotta", with David Hinton on 'Diary of a Dancer', and recordist for Jane and Louise Wilson and poet Tony Harrison.
LIFT is about London. For over 35 years it has presented shows in partnership with London’s major arts venues, theatres and galleries, but also in countless hidden spaces and places across the city. LIFT is firmly rooted in the life of this great city and of its people, celebrating the experiences of the many individuals, cultures and communities that call London home.
LIFT works with world-class artists, whose radical imaginations create exceptional work that questions the nature of theatre, engages with the big ideas of our time, and reveals the stories and communities of our incredibly diverse city.
LORD CULTURAL RESOURCES
Lord Cultural Resources is a global professional practice dedicated to creating cultural capital worldwide.
Lord Cultural Resources offers a comprehensive range of integrated services including master planning, business planning, feasibility studies, cultural and heritage tourism planning, strategic planning, facility planning, functional programming, interpretive planning, exhibition design, project management, training and recruitment.
Our cultural projects include museums, mixed-use developments, cultural centres, art galleries, science centres, visitor centres, heritage sites, festivals, theatres, libraries and gardens.
MAC: Stephen Watts is a poet who’s lived in Whitechapel for 25 years. He also edits & co-translates, mainly contemporary Kurdish, Persian & Slovene poetry. Most recent books are : ‘The Blue Bag’(Poems 2004, repr. 2005), ‘An Anthology Of Modern Kurdish Poetry’(2006) & ‘6 Slovenian Poets’(2006). In 2006 he was the first ‘embedded poet’ with HI-Arts in northern Scotland, working on issues of suicide : ‘The Language Of It’(2007) & a DVD are first fruits of that work. He is concerned with ‘nomad poetics’, with poetry & acts of walking in ongoing projects, & has often worked in hospitals & schools. He is establishing a very extensive web-site biblio-graphy of modern poetry in translation with CCH at Kings College London, among many other projects, & is well acknowledged as a strong performer of his own and other poetries.
Nigel is a lighting designer working in theatre, dance, concerts and opera. He designs regularly for Forced Entertainment (since 1990), Michael Laub (Remote Control), Wendy Houstoun, Diamanda Galas and Ryuichi Sakamoto. He has designed for several West End shows, a few operas as well as a lot of new writing with Paines Plough, Soho and the Royal Court notably assorted Sarah Kane and Debbie Tucker Green premieres.
PENNED IN THE MARGINS
Penned in the Margins creates publications and performances for people who are not afraid to take risks. They believe in the power of language to challenge how we think, test new ideas and explore alternative stories. From small beginnings as a reading series in a converted railway arch in south London, Penned in the Margins has grown over the last decade to be a respected literary arts company producing new work live, in print and online. This unique blend of publishing and production characterises their distinctive model in the cultural landscape; in 2015 they joined Arts Council England's National Portfolio.
Since graduating with a first in Fine art from Cardiff, Richard DeDomenici has produced, on average, a work of art every fortnight. This proliferation has borne some rich, radical and highly acclaimed fruit. From the Edinburgh Festival to the National Theatre – via Beijing, Iceland and New York – his performances have entertained, challenged and transformed.
THE VACUUM CLEANER
the vacuum cleaner is an art and activism collective of one. the vacuum cleaner employ various creative legal and illegal tactics and forms, attempting to mock, brandalise and disrupt concentrations of power.
They have made commissioned work from Tate Modern, ICA, Fierce Festival, the Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow, the Liverpool Biennial, BBC4, Channel 4, and Arte as well presenting their work throughout the UK and internationally.