North West artists and arts organisations benefit from lottery awards

Well done to all and good to see Ceri Hand  getting support to ‘help establish Ceri Hand Gallery in the international visual arts field’ That’s what Liverpool needs.

New lottery awards made by Arts Council England, North West will bring opportunities for people to take part in the arts and invest in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives.

Aileen McEvoy, Interim Executive Director of Arts Council England, North West, said: ‘These awards create a range of artistic activities for communities in the North West and support the Arts Council’s work in getting great art to everyone.’

A summary of these awards is:

£5,000 awarded to Manchester-based Kirsty Almeida and The Odbod Collective for a period of research and development into their work mentoring, showcasing and promoting opportunities to jazz composers in the north west.

£4,791 awarded to Christine Marshall for Three Sheets, which makes its professional debut at The Lowry this July. The play, which is set in a hospital during the miners’ strike, is the first full-length play by the Warrington-based writer.

£5,000 awarded to Larry Groves to support the residency of his artistic collective, The House Of Bedlam, at Cove Park in Scotland. The Manchester-based group, which comprises a classical musician, a text artist and a composer, will work with other artists at the retreat to create new work.

£60,000 awarded to The Brewery, Kendal for a period of organisational development which will examine the current youth arts service as it looks to further consolidate and expand its activities over the next three years.

£2,334 awarded to Salford LIDS (Salford Local Initiatives, Diverse Skills) for Old and Young on the Salford Stage, an innovative project which will dramatise the real lives of local older residents to create a brand new piece of high impact theatre.

£4,981 awarded to Edward Jaspers for Dreams to Her Father, a period of research and development which will bring a group of well-established artists to Cumbria to explore a new piece of children’s theatre inspired by a study in Carl Jung’s Man And His Symbols.

£4,981 awarded to Manchester-based artist Joseph Duffy for Offshore, a publication and exhibition exploring offshore wind farms and their contribution to local communities, regeneration and the positive effects of renewable energy. One of the central aims of the project is to encourage people living in Barrow in Cumbria to investigate representation of the landscape and in particular the impact of offshore wind farms.

£1,134 awarded to Alexandra Millward to enable the Manchester-based young curator to develop her practise through a series of three different, internationally-focussed projects.

£30,000 awarded to Ceri Hand Gallery to support the Liverpool based gallery in attending internationally significant art fairs in London, Basel and Miami which will help establish Ceri Hand Gallery in the international visual arts field.

£49,923 awarded to Wired Aerial Theatre for a period of organisational development which will help the emerging company to sharpen their focus so that they are better able to take advantage of the many opportunities they are being offered in Liverpool, across the UK and internationally.

£5,000 awarded to University of Cumbria’s Faculty of the Arts for a collaboration between Carlisle Arts Festival and the Living Windows Festival that will present exhibitions, performances, music, theatre, poetry and dance as part of a celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of The Lanes Shopping Centre.

£4,800 awarded to Off The Ground for a tour of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing at outdoor venues across the Wirral, Chester, Wales, Burnley, Ellesmere Port and Denbighshire, which will not only bring Shakespeare to new audiences but also give members of the company’s youth groups their first experiences of working on a professional tour.

£12,850 awarded to Headland Publications to support the Wirral-based publishers in creating a series of nine poetry and fiction books by a combination of established writers and rising talents.

£4,999 awarded to People’s History Museum to support the commissioning of a new sculptural screen inspired by the Manchester-based museum’s collection. It will provide a backdrop for the museum’s Living History mini-theatre.

£5,000 awarded to UHC Collective (Ultimate Holding Company) for EXT INKED, a project that will offer 100 volunteers across Manchester the chance to receive a free tattoo of an artist’s drawing of an endangered species as part of the bicentennial anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

£29,860 awarded to Walk The Plank to create three new vehicles to be unveiled in this year’s Manchester Art Car Parade, a touring exhibition which features a huge range of unusual vehicles created by professionals and amateurs alike.

£25,000 awarded to X.trax to support the UK’s only annual showcase of fresh, original and exciting new street arts, this year set to host more than 50 companies across the event.

For information about the Grants for the arts programme, including how to make an application, contact Arts Council England on 0845 300 6200 or visit