In 2016, we initiated our inaugural round of funding, supporting 5 very different projects to realise their ideas. These projects ranged in practice across a range of disciplines and well as levels of intervention. We directly fully funded 3 artists in delivering on their work, and provided research and development funding for a further 2 to explore their ideas. This art is still in process in some cases, and we are keen to help the artists reflect on their work and share what they have learned. In the coming year, we will be looking to our second round of funding, but for now, here is a small peek at the work going on. Look out for further updates and reflections in the coming months, as our artists peer topper evaluations take shape and our second round artists join the alumni.
Wallace Heim – The sea cannot be depleted
‘the sea cannot be depleted’ will be a spoken word piece about the Solway Firth, about a sense of place that comes with living with that estuary and how that sense is altered by what is added to the sea.
The tides of the Solway Firth are among the most turbulent around this island. The fast sweep of that sea is not a place where humans can live, but we can find sanctuary in its surfaces, in the unfolding of life in the tidal muds and in the migrations of the human imagination. The Latin vastus described the immensity of the sea, its emptiness and its waste.
Uranium has been placed into the wild sea over the past 30 years, to corrode over deep, incomprehensible time. What does it mean for a place, a people, to cohere with these unseen objects? How do you make a life with, or resist, the waste and vast symptoms of the civil-military-nuclear complex?
Interviews, conversations, mappings, walks, swims and text-based analysis form the questioning and research phase of the project. This leads to a spoken word performance for three voices with a soundscape for audio broadcast and accessible online. The various elements of the research process and the text will be edited together into an online pdf, ‘A Depletion Repository’, providing the over-arching narrative to the project.
I live where nuclear effects are as pervasive as air. Work where you are vulnerable.
Ria Hartley – 1/4 Coda children of domestic abuse
Ria Hartley & Rudy Loewe
“100 children drink water from the same well. 98 children become ill, the doctor prescribes medicine for each child. The children continue to go to the doctor with the same symptoms, and take the same medicines over the course of their lives. Why has no one questioned what is wrong with the water in the well?” (Dr Nadine Burke Harris, Centre for Youth Wellness)
8 million people in the UK (24.4% of people between the ages of 16 and 59) have been victims of domestic violence and abuse and 25% of young people have witnessed at least one episode of domestic violence and abuse by the age of 18 (Early Intervention Foundation, 2014) These statistics are proportionally high in the UK alone, but childhood adversity is a global issue, and is now being understood as a public health crisis in the USA. In a time of austerity where resources to support intervention, prevention and healing are rapidly disappearing through financial cuts, what are the consequences for our society’s future if we do not create healthy, safe and sustainable environments for the development of children?
1/4 CODA is a creative artistic research & development enquiry led by Ria Hartley & Rudy Loewe, exploring the current political, social and cultural debates surrounding domestic violence in the UK. Through dialogues with ACE specialists, healthcare workers, researchers, DV services, front line workers, youth boards, survivors and activists, we endeavour to disseminate our findings through visual form & direct action.
Richard DeDomenici – Anarchitecture
London has the most over-priced housing in the world, much of which is left empty for investment purposes.
The city is turning into a shadow of it’s former self.
Despite this, pockets of land, considered too small for commercial development, remain conspicuous by their lack of use.
Inspired by Japanese Pet Architecture – tiny unusual buildings inserted into gaps in the existing built environment – I will add a discreet prefabricated parasitic structure to the streets of the UK capital as a solution to the problem of rising rents, lack of affordable flats and the gentrification of social housing into luxury apartments.
I am working with architects to design and build the house, which will be designed to be located in a wide array of locations, and delivered on the back of a small flatbed vehicle, by cover of night, somewhere on the streets of London, in summer 2017.
The structure will be designed to blend into the urban environment, to look as if it’s always been there, and I will inhabit the house until the authorities realise that it’s not supposed to be.
Depending on how long this takes, the building will have provision to be tethered to existing utilities.
The project is very difficult to fund by traditional means, due to the threat it poses to accepted forms of land ownership, and its potential to destabilise the property market.
After a successful trial, the prototype Anarchitecture building could be mass produced and deployed worldwide.
Farzana Khan – Voices that Shake
Voices that shake! work to reduce and repair the felt harms of colonialism and its legacies of systemic violence and structural racism affecting young POC and marginalised groups in the UK.Building in a pedagogy and practice of intergenerational dialogue to combat structural and interpersonal violence and harm affecting marginalised communities. Recentering these voices through Art & Media, to challenge dominant narratives, to embolden and voice their solutions, create a language to heal and embolden our communities.
Voices that shake run intensive courses, continuity programs and provide upskilling and mentoring using spoken word, music, zine-making and film. Our most recent course in october was a multi media and arts intensive on Surviving the System: Building Ecologies and Economies of Resistance. Read about it here https://www.voicesthatshake.org/survivingthesystem-building-economies-ecologies-of-resistance/