A-N THE ARTISTS INFORMATION COMPANY
UK and international visual arts information, research and advocacy. Publications include a-n Magazine, a-n.co.uk for Online Jobs and Opps, Knowledge Bank critical, contextual and practical resources. Membership of AIR (Artists' Interaction & Representation) with a-n Artist subscription provides representation and advocacy to enhance artists’ status plus professional benefits including £5m Public and Products Liability Insurance. The A+ collaboration with Artquest provides a programme of continuing professional and artistic development for visual artists including through events, bursaries and research.
Artichoke are creative producers who work with artists to invade our public spaces and put on extraordinary and ambitious events that live in the memory forever. Since 2006, Artichoke has staged large-scale outdoor art events across the UK, aiming to reach the widest possible audience. This includes events such as 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; and the major light festivals Lumiere Durham, Lumiere Derry-Londonderry and Lumiere London.
Coney create experiences that are driven by and respond to the power of an audience’s imagination. Since (roughly) 2008 they have used theatre, game mechanisms and digital practice to devise accessible, innovative shows and events that take place online, on stage, in the streets and in schools. With an emphasis on collaboration and exploring creative processes, previous partners include Tate Britain, Battersea Arts Centre, Kensington Palace, Channel 4 Education, BBC Learning and Dublin Fringe.
Alongside their own work, Coney provide a range of services to other arts, public sector and commercial organisations, including digital consultancy, workshop and focus group facilitation and game and interaction design.
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.
For over 35 years LIFT 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. It 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.
Led by Artistic Director, Mark Ball, LIFT 2016 takes place from 1 June to 2 July and will be their most ambitious festival yet, with work happening everywhere from the Barbican and Sadler's Wells to East End graveyards and historic Music Halls.
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.